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Review of Upload by Mark McClellandBy Jim Grisham Saturday, November 10, 2012Upload by Mark McClelland is a complex and thought provoking, yet accessible foray into the life of a brilliant but troubled young man, Raymond Quan, and his quest to escape from a world that has done little to inspire loyalty in the orphaned engineer.It almost troubles me to call this a story of science fiction it begins about fifty years from today, but the subject matter seems entirely plausible and may be mirrored in reality much sooner People in Raymond s time seek recreation, pleasure, and sometimes analogues of unremarkable everyday life in virtual reality environments that can be programmed with nearly limitless scenarios and environments.It is not a stretch to see something similar soon coming to pass in our world, a world where many people are already living somewhat virtual lives through social networks and online gaming If this virtual environment exists and we can interact with it, could we go one step further and live nearly full time in this environment, extending our lives with machines perhaps eventually eschewing the human body altogether and become immortal If we can do such things, should we While similar topics have been broached many times over the years, both in popular media and in non fiction, Upload presents a fresh perspective on what could otherwise be a tired subject, in a tangential way to Richard Powers acclaimed 1995 workGalatea 2.2 .The author is not so broad as to leave the reader unfulfilled nor does he express the arrogance to provide a definitive map to the philosophical trails that we must all travel on our own.The major attributes of Upload that prompted me to write this review are the overall existential and moral questions that the tale ponders Very generally, what defines life, existence, love, conscience, and happiness I personally identified with Raymond at several points in the story this caused me to critically examine my own psyche when he later thought or acted in ways contrary to how I think that I might behave in a similar situation We are given insight to his growth over the years, and while I thought that the character development was a bit too rushed in the second half of the story, I was still in suspense until the bitter end on what I think is the key question will Raymond ever be able to connect with other people, and if not, will he care In concert with everything I have said above, not only did I finish Upload, I read it during nearly every free moment during less than thirty hours As the hundreds of unfinished novels on my shelves will jealously attest, such a feat is quite extraordinary for me and is perhaps the greatest endorsement that I have to give.I anxiously await Mr McClelland s next novel ReadUploadyou ll be glad you did.
(((Read))) ⇝ Upload ↞ His Criminal Past Catching Up With Him, A Troubled Young Man Seeks Escape Into Digital Utopia By Uploading His Consciousness Into A Computer Just As First Love Casts His Life In A New Light In This Thrilling Near Future Science Fiction Novel, Mark McClelland Explores The Immense Potential Of Computer Based Consciousness And The Philosophical Perils Of Simulated Society Like Neil Stephenson s Snow Crash and Richard K Morgan s Altered Carbon, Upload is fast paced and full of action, a story noire set in a not too distant dystopian society.Have you ever had a problem you wish you could run away from in hopes that it would just go away Raymond finds himself in a situation where he not only wants to run from his myriad of problems, but he has also devised a way in which he can just disappear and leave everything and everyone far behind As a young boy, he was essentially orphaned and spent most of his adolescent years growing up in state orphanages and group homes He had no parental guidance and, short of loose supervision, very little adult guidance Early on he discovered he had a knack for programming and hacking, skills he later cultivated into both a job and profession He landed his first job as a young teenager, building and maintaining the robots and computer systems of a wealthy elderly man whose only ambition was to spend every waking and sleeping moment in his VR chamber, held in the embrace of one virtual bimbo or another.Using his exceptional computer skills, the boy hacks into his boss s VR chamber and records the man s every move in an attempt to create the perfect avatar a computer likeness in the virtual world, indistinguishable from a human.But then something terrible happens to the old man, and Raymond panics and makes a fewnot so perfect decisions.Fast forward 9 years and Raymond, now on his own, has landed the perfect job working in a university computer research laboratory the old man very much in the past and at the back of Raymond s mind.Always a loner and never having experience love in any form, Raymond has devised a method to escape it all The lab in which he works has developed a method to upload the consciousness of terminal animals, such that the now digitized creatures are unable to distinguish their new virtual realm from their former reality.Having spent countless hours in the virtual realm, as well as having designed countless VR worlds himself, Raymond longs to shed his body and upload permanently, leaving his worldly cares and past behind In the middle of it all he discovers the one thing he failed to work into his mathematical equations.Love.At the last possible minute, and the worst possible time, Raymond falls for a beautiful co worker as his hidden past creeps up on him.Will he be able to pull off the ultimate getaway and escape his past Or will his new found love help keep him rooted in the real world Upload is a well written story that not only tackles the scientific possibility of digitizing consciousness along with the ethical questions that arise with it, but it also asks the question Can you really run from your past H Wardle of The Triumph Detective series. I thoroughly enjoyed Upload, Mark McClelland s first novel In fact, I think I will read it again There was so much to absorb Mark painted a vivid picture of life in another world There were so many details, so many things happening, and so many layers I could picture Nurania, I could feel the humidity, I could taste the yolos, and I could hear Scorpio whispering in my ear Upload is hard to pin down Yes, it is science fiction, but it is so much complicated than that It is a great way to lose yourself in another world You really feel Raymond s pain and awkwardness Who wouldn t want to escape if they could, to a world of their own making I really hope Mark writes a sequel as I was not ready to exit this V world There was so much I wanted to know, to understand I am hoping for a film adaptation, so I can experience Nurania and all that Raymond imagined. My Siamese didn t like it This book is well written, tight, intriguing, holding one s attention to the point of letting a poor, elderly Siamese lose a night of comfortable sleep An inventive plot about a young loner, a not anywhere near perfect protagonist with a facility for computers and a dream and method for eternity within them Upload crosses computer, social and neurosciences, theology, science fiction and love in a way that left this reader wanting from this writer. This book had me riveted from beginning to end In Upload, Mark McClelland does what the best science fiction does He gives the reader an intriguing world in which to consider the big questions, but doesn t try to answer them directly Through the main character, Raymond, we explore consciousness and conscience, identity and agency, reality and virtuality Exquisitely well written and edited, this is a book I ll come back to again. A satisfying blend of hard science fiction and film noir, Upload explores the ramifications of virtual existence against a backdrop of precarious relationships and impending retribution, while building toward a thrilling final act It made me ponder whether utopia can be found, or dystopia can be avoided, when one has full control of their domain. Upload grabbed my attention early on and wouldn t let go Having teenage children, in a society where all YAs seem to live half way towards the world of McClelland s main character Raymond, I had no trouble in seeing this as a very near future story This science fiction contains plenty of technology, but it is anchored firmly in speculative and metaphysical science fiction arenas.Technology has just arrived at the point when human mental complexity, brain memory and an accurate digital physical copy can be accurately reproduced and uploaded into an electronic world In other words, total digital maps of all that we are can be transferred into a created environment populated by whatever programmers choose to build Many of this story s characters lives have become increasingly dominated by gaming Now they can really be part of the game.This intriguing technology has led Raymond, who lives on the edge of some sort of autism spectrum disorder, to plan to escape from the real world, into his own creation Thus he hopes to escape both a criminal past, and his expectation of a bleak biological future Then real world love starts to corrupt Raymond s plans, through its inevitable psychological disruption At the same time, political, criminal and police activities are upsetting his timing.This is a full length eBook of high quality writing We start with Raymond in an orphanage, which setting aside some of the props could be in the present day This is a plot that will hold those often put off by science fiction The reader isn t expected to anchor themselves in some technological and distant fantasy, but to simply see the technologies we have stretched further What makes us all tick now is every bit as relevant as what may or may not make us tick in the future Upload has a satisfactory end, with a tantalizing unresolved plot element that begs a sequel I am looking forward to McClelland s future work.So what faults can I dream up I can think of none that really caused any grief Nothing is totally original, is any story ever Some of the insignificant complexities of the plot seemed to miss me, not that that is anything new No, I can only dwell on positives This is a well worthwhile download for a broad readership.I loved the way that McClelland projected some of our current problems, on a quite feasible trajectory, into the future We can all relate to this science fiction I was so easily glided into Raymond s mind by McClelland s craft, a mind that has built a battlefield for his own competing hopes and ambitions, a projected mind that became an electronic world, in which many real personas and an array of artificial ones struggled We see a man made world in which man can play at being God, can even play at immortality Well, at least he can believe in life that can t be ended by aging, but just possibly can be by having the cleaning bot accidentally turning off the electricity. This is one of those books that I really enjoyed in spite of the antihero I m a sucker for alternative reality stories, even so for well done dystopia tales The dystopia in Upload owes a large debt to Ready Player One, with societies addicted to hiding from Reality by retreating into virtual spaces More than that, there were quite a few parts of the story which reminded me of Philip K Dick it s been awhile since any Sci Fi writer I ve read has had that kind of skill, and it is a rare treat.So why only 4 stars Technically I d put this at 4.25 stars because it s better than really good but it isn t fantastic The protagonist is a horrible person he does nothing endearing, nothing altruistic Every action he takes for most of the story is motivated by self interest I just couldn t find myself rooting for him So while the story is great and the concepts fascinating to mull over, I had a sense of remove that kept me from loving the book fully Still and all, this is a terrific story and a better one than most of what I ve encountered lately. This book reminded me of a mix between Total Recall and Tron Our antihero, Raymond is not totally unlikeable Naturally the crime that he committed had me scratching my head at his decisions, but I also found myself having a degree of sympathy for him.McClelland s ability to describe not only the technical scenes, but the the many layers of the created worlds was exemplary I am glad that he not only included the flowers and beautiful aspects that one would hope to see in a fantasy world, but the dark and ugly parts that would have to serve as a counterbalance as well The story is well thought out, eerily projecting what may be possible in our near future A good mixture of science fiction, morality and love can be found here.Although I often found myself struggling through some of the technical passages, I found the story fascinating I would recommend it to any science fiction fan.Disclaimer I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.