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Readings and Ramblings

This is Readings and Ramblings. It is readings because this is a site for blogging about books and I intend to do that. It is ramblings because I might want to write about something else now and then.

The Multiplex Man

The Multiplex Man - James P. Hogan I am faced with something of a dilemma in how to rate this book. On one hand, it is a science fiction thriller in which the technology of personality transfer has been accomplished. An obscure schoolteacher wakes up one day to find himself inhabiting a body that is not his own and is many hundreds of miles from home. After making his way back to his hometown he discovers that it is seven months later than his most recent memory. He also finds that he may as well forget about returning to his original body. He died six months before. The story then gets more exciting as it turns out that the body in question houses several personalities, even though only one holds consciousness at a time. Even so, the personality that happens to be conscious at any given time has access to skills and knowledge that it does not remember acquiring. All of this makes me want to give this story four, maybe even five, stars. On the other hand, the author has a political axe to grind and it is considerably at odds with my own political axe. I can't say that he blatently preaches throughout the entire story, but he does include an anti-environmentalist and pro-capitalist message wherever he can work it in. For that reason I want to give it one star. I will compromize and give it three stars.