The Resource Zendegi, Greg Egan

Zendegi, Greg Egan

Label
Zendegi
Title
Zendegi
Statement of responsibility
Greg Egan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the near future, journalist Martin Seymour travels to Iran to cover the parliamentary elections. Most would-be opposition candidates are disqualified and the election becomes the non-event the world expects. But shortly afterward a compromising image of a government official captured on a mobile phone triggers a revolutionary movement that overthrows the old theocracy. Nasim Golestani, a young Iranian scientist living in exile in the United States, is hoping to work on the Human Connectome Project--which aims to construct a detailed map of the wiring of the human brain--but when government funding for the project is canceled and a chance comes to return to her homeland, she chooses to head back to Iran. Fifteen years after the revolution, Martin is living in Iran with his wife and young son, while Nasim is in charge of the virtual world known as Zendegi, used by millions of people for entertainment and business. When Zendegi comes under threat from powerful competitors, Nasim draws on her old skills, and data from the now-completed Human Connectome Project, to embark on a program to create more lifelike virtual characters and five the company an unbeatable edge. As controversy grows over the nature and rights of these software characters, tragedy strikes Martin's family. Martin turns to Nasim, seeking a solution that no one else can offer...but Zendegi is about to become a battlefield."--Dust cover flap
Summary
Nasim is a young computer scientist, hoping to work on the Human Connectome Project: a plan to map every neural connection in the human brain. But funding for the project is cancelled, and Nasim ends up devoting her career to Zendegi, a computerised virtual world used by millions of people. Fifteen years later, a revived Connectome Project has published a map of the brain. Zendegi is facing fierce competition from its rivals, and Nasim decides to exploit the map to fill the virtual world with better Proxies: the bit-players that bring its crowd scenes to life. As controversy rages over the nature and rights of the Proxies, a friend with terminal cancer begs Nasim to make a Proxy of him, so some part of him will survive to help raise his orphaned son. But Zendegi is about to become a battlefield...
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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358355
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1961-
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Egan, Greg
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Virtual reality
  • Brain
  • Ethics
  • Iran
Target audience
adult
Label
Zendegi, Greg Egan
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocn430840771
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
279 p.
Isbn
9781597801744
System control number
(OCoLC)430840771
Label
Zendegi, Greg Egan
Publication
Control code
ocn430840771
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
279 p.
Isbn
9781597801744
System control number
(OCoLC)430840771

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