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After some initial orientation complications, Hammond’s virtual-world journey starts well enough. London is transformed into a lurid psychedelic dreamscape of shiny towers and sex orgies as Hammond finds growing confidence living as his cyber self. The Shard becomes his office replete with rooftop helipad, while the Dungeon of Unrestrained Desire allows him to explore all the perverse pleasures he can imagine, free from the constraints of real world relationships (and physics). But this heady pleasure trip doesn’t last long in this contemporary British science fiction story and one of the most exciting debut novels of 2017.
Fueling digital Hammond’s ascent to megalomania is the assistant, Gary, the remnant of an earlier experimental subject digitized into Flux who becomes his Man Friday. Also within Flux, a commanding boss-like character called Shinkley, weirdly distorted versions of his wife, his best friend, and an Irish wolf hound who represents his animal soul.
Back in the real world, there is an undercurrent of sexual tension with Hammond’s desire for colleague Addison Royale, who seems oblivious to his mildly flirtatious behavior. This passion looms large in the Flux version of Hammond, while his actual wife and newborn child are relegated to a mere robotic nuisance. When Flux’s funders, represented by the overbearing bully Jack Rance, and his paymasters - the governmental power-player, Chinnery - threaten to close down Flux, this apocalyptic AI tale takes an innovative twist on the man versus machine narrative.
This gripping tale leaves you wondering just how far from our current reality the story is.
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By MEDY on 03-14-18
Hammomd Hinkley writes an app that is likethe human brain and uploads his own mind. Fascinating to read Hinkley's thoughts, feelings and actions and then to read the thoughts and actions of his alter, Hammond Flux.
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By norman on 03-18-18
Don’t download your mind
Hammond Hinkley didn’t want to digitize a copy of his mind into a quantum computer, fearing for the sanity of his virtual self. It turns out that there was much more to fear. Good science fiction with well developed characters and a well developed story.Very professional narration.