Diaspora is an intensely interesting and involving
novel by Greg Egan
that supposes a very believeable future
in which humanity
into three distinct "classes":
- super powerful networks of digitized
created human minds that can reshape themselves at will. The Polis
memebers have the ability to change their perception of time
and remotely inhabit the shells of "dead" robot bodies.
- the bioengineered descendents of humanity. They alter their bodies with the same freedom
as the members of the Polis
do, but in the "physical
" world using advanced genetic technologies.
- really a branch of the Polis
that believed that all of the Polis
were losing touch with "reality
" because they no longer inhabited bodies. Thus this fragment made the choice to inhabit robot
bodies in order to be closer to their flesher
This book will really twist your mind. I am frankly astonished
at the author's
ability to actually describe what it is like to perceive 5 dimensions
. I mean ;I read it, I experienced that perception of an alternate reality
and immeadiatly lost that wonderously wierd feeling after I had passed the chapter. A truly gifted writer.