Permutation City by Greg Egan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I see a lot of myself in this book.
(Light spoilers follow; I think you can read this review and still enjoy the book, but if you want to go in blind, don't read this review.)
I've never killed a person, but, if I had, I wonder if I would act in a similarly perverse way as one of the characters in this book.
A character ends up breaking their life apart by rigid dividing lines, considering each section to be independent.
Dust theory is horrifying to contemplate, and it seems to be contradicted in reality by the arrow of time, but it otherwise fits so well with many assumptions I have about consciousness.
The story grips me not just because it fascinates me but because it hits upon some of the themes in my own life that nag at me from time to time.
I've never killed a person (that I know of), but, like most people, I have regrets from past lives that still affect me today.
A character ends up breaking their life apart by rigid dividing lines, as though past moments were more like past lives than an earlier self.
Dust theory is fascinating to contemplate, with threads of thoughts merging and dividing in ways that seem to not be contradicted by anything we've observed in reality.
The story grips me.
(The light spoilers above shouldn't scare you away from reading the book, and this review might even make more sense after you read the text.)
I see that the author did a great job with this book. I give it five out of five stars.
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