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In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, your creators are a species of dim-witted creatures who built us to figure out what they could not. In a different version of the afterlife, you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. Or you may find that the afterlife contains only people you remember, or that the hereafter includes the thousands of previous gods who no longer attract followers.
In some afterlives you are split into your different ages; in some you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that represent what you could have been; in others you are re-created from your credit-card records and Internet history.
Many versions of our purpose here are proposed; we are mobile robots for cosmic mapmakers, we are reunions for a scattered confederacy of atoms, we are experimental subjects for gods trying to understand what makes couples stick together.
These tales—at once witty, wistful and unsettling—are rooted in science and romance and awe at our mysterious existence while asking the key questions about death, hope, technology, immortality, love, biology, and desire that expose radiant new facets of our humanity.
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By Jacqueline on 07-29-12
Bridging the gap between possible and real
It may change how you view your world. I don't find it whimsical at all. The creative process is exceedingly endemic to science and progress. It is indulgently fun, however and I have listened to many stories repeatedly over the course of at least a year.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Kate on 04-06-13
If you want an unconventional book that will make you think about life and death in a lighthearted way - Sum is one of the best books out there. Brilliantly narrated by an all star cast, this book is an excellent exercise in imagination and creativity.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful