Attempting Immortality: AI, A-Life, and the Posthuman in Greg Egan's Permutation City

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Farnell, Ross. "Attempting Immortality: AI, A-Life, and the Posthuman in Greg Egan's Permutation City." SFS #80 = 26.3 (November 1999): 000-000.

The essay argues that "the combination of 'hard' and 'metaphysical' sf in Greg Egan's Permutation City provides a unique exploration of digital modes of being and immortality." Egan's "use of multiple paraspaces and subjective cosmologies challenges many assumptions regarding objectivity, the body, and identity, in a mediation of philosophy, theology, science, technology, and fantasy. […] Juxtaposing AI Copies with evolved A-Life swarm-like entities, Egan explores the differences between these paradigms in the context of science fiction's quest to 'live forever'" (Abstract, available online as of August 2002 at http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/abstracts/a80.htm.) For swarms, see under S. Lem's The Invincible and "The Upside Down Evolution"; see in Keyword Index, "Immortality." (Maly, 27/06/02, RDE, 03/01/04)