Anything like Altered Carbon's sleeves?

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  1. Overgeeked

    Overgeeked Fishbowl Helmet

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    If you don't know it or haven't read it, Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan is a great read, I think. What I'm looking for are more stories, novels or shorts, or whatever, that use anything similar to his 'sleeves' idea. The basics are human bodies have a stack (re: computer storage) implanted to backup the person's mind. The mind can be transferred between bodies (re: sleeves) with ease. A large part of the novel deals with the interesting and cool implications of such technology.

    I'm looking for other books that use the same or similar devices. And yes, I am aware he has written sequels. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. algernoninc

    algernoninc Now I'm an axolotl

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    Dancing With Eternity by John Patrick Lowrie has a similar concept : transfering the conscience stored in a digital format to a rejuvenated body.
     
  3. Pennarin

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    I have not read anything that comes close to a sleeve in terms of potential. These things are alive yet can be so artificial as to be better than souped up artificial cybernetic bodies imagined by other authors.
     
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    Scalzi's Old Man's War deals with... kinda. It's a similar idea, anyway.
     
  5. livens

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    Alastair Reynolds has similar tech in his culture novels. Minds can be transferred into large storage mediums, mostly on/in sentient ships. If you die you can be revented into a new body; either a clone of your original or pretty much any other form you like.

    I like the way Reynolds handles alot of the social implications of being effectively immortal. After living for a few hundred years you may begin to grow bored with life. At that point you can transfer into a simulated environment where your life can be whatever you want it to be, only limited by your (or an AI's) imagination. Then if you get bored with that you can retire into the common consciousness of whatever substrate is housing the simulation you were in.
     
  6. Pennarin

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    ...Ian Banks, you mean?
     
  7. Kazz Wylde

    Kazz Wylde Rogue Warrior

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    Yeah sounds like Bank's Surface Detail, I remember some reviews of it.
     
  8. k1w1taxi

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    Tangental but worth a read Kil'n People by David Brin

    Cheers
    Lee
     
  9. tensai

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    Definitely Kil'n people.

    Also Vast, by Linda Nataga. Absolutely great read, can be stand-alone although you'll get a bit more out of it if you read the earlier books (deception well and bohr maker). One of my top 5 all-time books.
     
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    probably 20 years ago I read A Trace Of Memory by Keith Laumer which dealt with swapping memories in bodies.

    And Reynolds did touch on the subject in some of his books, between Chasm City and the whole idea of the 88(I think that's the number). Tad Williams dealt with identity downloads in Otherland. Hamilton has used the idea of memory downloads in both of his big series.

    I feel like I have read quite a few books over the years that dealt with cloning and memory implants. Not quite the same treatment Morgan gives them but same basic concept.
     
  11. odo

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    The Ophiuci Hotline, by John Varley.

    Quoting from the Wikipedia: