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By Jim Grisham; Saturday, November 10, 2012
Upload by Mark McClelland is a complex and thought-provoking, yet accessible foray into the life of a brilliant but troubled young man, Raymond Quan, and his quest to escape from a world that has done little to inspire loyalty in the orphaned engineer.
It almost troubles me to call this a story of science fiction - it begins about fifty years from today, but the subject matter seems entirely plausible and may be mirrored in reality much sooner. People in Raymond's time seek recreation, pleasure, and sometimes analogues of unremarkable everyday life in virtual reality environments that can be programmed with nearly limitless scenarios and environments.
It is not a stretch to see something similar soon coming to pass in our world, a world where many people are already living somewhat virtual lives through social networks and online gaming. If this virtual environment exists and we can interact with it, could we go one step further and live nearly full-time in this environment, extending our lives with machines; perhaps eventually eschewing the human body altogether and become immortal? If we can do such things, should we? These topics have been broached many times over the years, both in popular media and in non-fiction, but Upload presents a fresh perspective on what could otherwise be a tired subject, in a tangential way to Richard Powers' acclaimed 1995 work Galatea 2.2.Read more ›
The writing fluctuates from sciency to beautiful prose. I had a great sense of who the main character was throughout the book. I loved the progression he made from sheltered and self-protective to his end state.
The themes of the book are what are most captivating. The overall theme is that this is a love story - the main character is one who doesn't feel like he deserves to be loved. Another theme is the dichotomy between those who want to be alone and live safely and protected in their own world verses those who need human contact in order to thrive. Lastly is the theme of desiring to be part of something bigger in life. All three themes are nicely woven and intertwined.
If you don't enjoy science fiction or techy kinds of books, no worries here. There is enough of the beautiful writing and imaginative storyline for you to look past the genre. And when you get to the end, you won't believe it's over. I think this book will stay with me for quite some time. Thank you, Mr. McClelland!
The book is entirely from the point of view of one person and I found that I would like to have known more about some of the other character backgrounds.
The world is recognizable as an extension of our current world, but I found a few strange turns. That computer security would get more lax grated on my nerves a little. The main character walks through computer security with little difficulty.
The nanotechnology used for the v-chambers is fascinating, but without any mention of just what that style of nanotech would do for the world. At that level, it would be an amazingly disruptive technology. It seemed to me that some of the computer technology was incredibly advanced, but most other technologies were not.
While you could call the main character a punk, the story is not really cyber punk (except for one virtual world that would fit the bill).
I found the story a little uneven. Slow and plodding at times and other times, racing ahead fast enough to seem like it was skipping.
This is the first book in a series and end on a real cliff-hanger with a possibility of the death of the main character (or a copy of him, anyway) and I found that I really didn't care whether he lives or dies. I was more happy that I had finished the book (I like to finish one before going on to another).
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”You’re so much more than I am, Anya. I would suffer a thousand deaths for you. And… actually, I may be the first person for whom that’s not an empty assertion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nicki Brøchner
A man has his mind uploaded digitally and creates an artificial world. He soon finds his digital realm is no substitute for reality.Published 8 months ago by Ricky Kimsey
Very interesting vision of a plausible near future daily life as a backstage for a fantastic science fiction adventure.Published 15 months ago by mmicoski
I love reading about anything relating to the Singularity or uploading of the human brain. The book's concept fascinated me, and for a while the story did, too. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gabe Waggoner
This was a good book, I've wondered when someone would try to write a sentient digital character and now it's been done, and done well. Excellent read.Published 23 months ago by Cleany
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Wonder how and why someone would upload their mind at the expense of their physical body? Here you go. Read more
The premise held promise, but the second half got weird, and the end was open-ended. It didn't live up to my expectations.Published on April 2, 2014 by Migalf22
He has his character uploading his mind into a simulated world. I would have found uploading a mind into a robotic body with a much different set of sense organs more... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by DaveK
I got halfway through this, and just couldn't take anymore. The writing was so dry, and Raymond is the most unlikable lead I've ever encountered.Published on January 21, 2014 by Andi