Re: NEWS: neurochip; LIT: Egan and uploading

Damien Broderick (
Fri, 28 Nov 1997 11:19:00 +0000

At 03:37 PM 11/27/97 -0800, Willow wrote:

> Greg Egan
> Extropian hard SF; what more can one ask for? (A copy of
>_Diaspora_ is what.)

Just got a review copy, yum. A pal who's read it sez `City & the Stars'
homage, and I can live with that - Clarke's book, though dated, is one of
the great dreams of sf. DIASPORA has folded into it `Wang's Carpets',
which as of now I regard as Egan's best story.

I'm surprised by Damien S.'s havng just found `Learning to be me'. Maybe
it's because Greg is an Australian, and we all dote on him, but I'd
supposed that the Egan jewel in the head mechanism was by now one of the
standard tropes in the uploading biz. GGranted, Varley was doing this sort
of thing 20 years ago, but Egan brings his own curious pizzazz to the
philosophical-technological gedankenexperiment thang.

[the CalTech chipped neuron URL was cool beyond belief... the fucking Spike
really *is* on its way...]

Damien Broderick