Friday, October 14, 2016

The Three Lives of Sonata James, by Lettie Prell

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(Mind Uploading) The prospect of living forever through "iterations" is still new, and not everyone likes it. Sonata wants to make a statement by declaring she will only upload twice. (8,030 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended
Recommended By: RHorton:4 NClarke

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Pro: The tragedy of Sonata's first life is that she doesn't realize she loves Dante until right before she dies.

The tragedy of her second life is that they can't be together. When Dante meets her newbody form, he sheds a tear, mourning the girl he'd loved and lost. When her newbody expires, he's there in his own newbody, telling us that their love was stronger and did not "slip away" like other emotions did.

For the third iteration, the "something new" was obviously letting people be people again. Whether they have genuine physical bodies or whether they're just an excellent simulation, the result is the same, and Sonata and Dante finally get the chance to have the life they were always meant to have.

Con: If you're installed in a new body but cannot remember the life you had before, why is that any different from simply dying?

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