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1. A complete change; a transformation.
2. The act of altering a given set of objects in a group.
3. Mathematics. An ordered arrangement of the elements of a set.
- per´muta´tional adjective
book _Permutation City_
by Greg Egan
Mass Market Paperback (October 1995)
Harper Mass Market Paperbacks; ISBN: 006105481X ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 6.78 x 4.23
What would happen if you could copy your memories and personality into a computer generated universe, live there, and return? Greg Egan, author of _Quarantine_ explores the possibilities in this suspenseful book. Battles rage on different levels as computer personalities on a locked chip fight to escape. Meanwhile sticky legal questions are raised on the real world. Think about the copyright laws, and what about the legal rights of computer programs?
Transformed into an electronic code, a Copy must discover an alternate way out, back into its real body, because the original avenue of escape has been cut off by the human version from which its was originally copied.
In the not-too-distant future,
technology has given birth to immortality.
The human mind can be scanned
and downloaded into a virtual
reality program to become a perfect electronic "Copy," aware of itself.
The bad news is, someone has blocked the bail-out option that allows a
Copy, by law, to return
to flash-and-blood life.