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Link of the Day: Legacy

This link goes to a very short (only a few paragraphs long) story written by kennric as part of a project he's doing to write 52 original short stories in 52 weeks, one story per week for a year.

This story is number 17 in the project, and it's called Legacy. It's a meditation on transhumanism and uploading and what it means to be a copy, and it's quite beautiful. aclaro, rain_herself, datan0de, femetal...I think you guys in particular will enjoy it. Thanks to zaiah for the link.

Warning: Reading this story made me cry.


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nisaa
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Wow. Thanks for the link.
jaime29
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Brilliant. Very Gibsonesque. Kudos to your friend...
winterlady
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
It made me cry, too. A really lovely piece of fiction.
rekre8
Sep. 27th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
That was lovely. I particularly liked the acknowledgment that the flower had to be imperfect to be perfect, if that makes sense. Great imagery all around.

If anyone is interested in a longer SF work where this idea is . . .well, not explored thoroughly but definitely something that comes to mind, try Scalzi's Old Man's War.
datan0de
Sep. 30th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
*SPOILER ALERT*
Beautiful story- touching, tragic, and hopeful all at the same time. I printed a few copies and gave them out at our cryonics meetup last night. I also advised that it not be read during the meeting for obvious reasons.

I don't know if this was the author's intention, but the real tragedy I see in this story stems from Drew's bigotry and close-mindedness. He and his wife both suffer through years of loss and separation because of his refusal to recognize that the upload is his wife. It seems curious to me that even she seemed to fall into the same (IMHO) fallacy.

Either way, great story and very thought-provoking.
emanix
Oct. 16th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Belated thanks for linking to this, it really was beautiful (and worth having left the tab open for a couple of weeks!)
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