Attempting Immortality: AI, A-Life, and the Posthuman in Greg Egan's Permutation City
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.'"
(Maly, 27/06/02; RDE, 03/01/04, 27May19)