I am a fan from a while back, I read most of your books that were out when I was younger. I came to the site to ask if you or anybody else could point me in the direction of one of your books I forgot the title of.
It's about people being uploaded onto computers, and whether or not they should be thought of as really alive, and then they upload themselves on a virtual computer and make it so 10 minutes in real life is 10 million years in their minds.
Any help would be really appreciated,
From: Greg Bear
Hello, Ken! I'm not sure that's one of my books--not one I remember writing, anyway. Elements of this are in EON, however--just doesn't quite fit. Any clues, readers?
From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego
Greg & Ken:
Whoa, I recently came across a description like that, a syopsis, and said to myself "Sounds like some one is running with Bear's idea of the Afterlife in City Memory, with a twist"
It sounds like something that might be in a Stephen Baxter Book...but that is current...I vaguely remember a Science Fiction Novel from the early 1970s where Aliens gave humanity a kind of humanity where they were reduced to the size of Contact Cold Capsules but experienced millions of years of experience in a matter of minutes.
This could be a fun research project, or a bit of schewed Memory for Ken. It happens, as my friend DK SWEARS there was a movie in the 1950s where the Planet Mars tries to Collide with the Earth, but between Storm (Queen of Movie Trivia) Me and the IMDB we have found no such movie, and think it might be a Partial Memory of WHEN WORLD'S COLLIDE.
But I will see what I can find...
Location: Winter Park
Hmm... my first thought was of The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey, but here's a list of a bunch of other options: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_transfer_in_fiction" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_transfer_in_fiction
Location: San Diego
While likely not the book you are looking for, if you'd more stories about this idea check out Charles Stross's Accelerando, or even Gibson's Mona Lisa Overdrive.
Location: Rockville, MD
Greg Egan has written a number of novels that touch on this topic. One is "Permutation City."