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Oh death, where is your sting?,
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This review is from: In The Cloud (Kindle Edition)
Science fiction at its best leads us to ask some of the hard questions. For example, what if we could engineer our own immortality, escaping what nature or God has built into our own design? If death loses its sting, will life lose its meaning? Would we still be plagued with the risk of annihilation beyond the grave? Can we celebrate with those who were lame in this life who walk again in paradise even though we suspect that the cure may not be permanent?
In Jamie Todd Rubin's short story, In the Cloud, we learn that mankind's greatest fear has been alleviated and that our greatest hope has been fulfilled by being able to live beyond the mortal constraints of the body in a virtual paradise of eternal life. For thousands of years now, humans have been able to continue the life of their conscious minds after their death by being uploaded into an ancient cloud-based reality housed on the planet Mars. But ironically, Manyara Chan has potentially discovered a fatal flaw that even its alien architects may have been aware of and left behind clues about its nature. Now she must prove her intuitions, not just to save all of future mankind, but the prior generations of souls that have gone on to the cloud as well.
Yet, there are logical problems here in this story that were distracting to me that I can't quite discuss without revealing a plot spoiler. Maybe they will occur to you as you read the story, as I hope you will. Regardless, the bittersweet end to In the Cloud brings us face to face with the important questions. And that's good science fiction.