Peter James (
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 19:40:46 -0800

>Here's what my TV Guide has to say about it:
>Thriller 3:00 Virtual Obsession: "A scientist and his family become the
>targets of a vindictive young woman who downloadas her brain into a
>supercomputer and stalks them after having her heart broken."
>Hmm... just from this, it doesn't sound like a happy ending for the
>extropian. Is this movie really going to open people's minds to the idea
>of uploading/extropian ideas, or just make them associate it with
>"vindictive young stalker women"? (or can you answer that question without
>giving way too much of the plot?)

I don't want to give too much away of the plot and spoil the (hopefully!)
entertainment and enjoyment for you, but I can honestly say that there is a
very upbeat denoument for extropians - in fact there are some terrific
pro-extropian arguments throughout the film, and in particular one fine
scene when the hero, scientist Dr Joe Messenger pleads desperately with the
religious bigot father of his dead girlfriend to allow her last wishes of
being cryonically suspended to be carried out.

The "vindictive" woman referred to in the TV guide is indeed the dead
girlfriend, but she makes a truly wonderfulpro-extropian speech (written by
Preston Sturges and Mick Garris, not me, so I can say that!) that is going
to make anyone who watches this think about the subject.


"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog.
The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the
man from touching the equipment."
Prof. Warren Bennis.