Fall, or Dodge in Hell
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Phillip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

Fall, or Dodge in Hell Details

TitleFall, or Dodge in Hell
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow & Co
ISBN-139780062458735
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Cyberpunk

Fall, or Dodge in Hell Review

  • M.
    January 1, 1970
    Where have I seen this before...We Are Legion - We Are Bob (Bobiverse #1) by Dennis E. TaylorBob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware a Where have I seen this before...We Are Legion - We Are Bob (Bobiverse #1) by Dennis E. TaylorBob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty. The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.
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  • Lisa Wright
    January 1, 1970
    Richard "Dodge" Forthrast, the creator of the world's most popular video game, dies suddenly, unexpectedly, and without updating his will. So his heirs are obligated to cryogenically freeze him or find a way to upload his mind to a computer. So begins this fractal of a novel filled with computer science, mythology, eschatology, corporate dirty tricks, life, death and what might come after. Stephenson's digs down through layer after layer of what-ifs. Themes appear, disappear, and reappear. A wil Richard "Dodge" Forthrast, the creator of the world's most popular video game, dies suddenly, unexpectedly, and without updating his will. So his heirs are obligated to cryogenically freeze him or find a way to upload his mind to a computer. So begins this fractal of a novel filled with computer science, mythology, eschatology, corporate dirty tricks, life, death and what might come after. Stephenson's digs down through layer after layer of what-ifs. Themes appear, disappear, and reappear. A wild ride of unexpected ramifications that held my interest through all 800 pages. So set aside some serious time because you will not want to put it down. Oh, and you might want to brushup on your D'Auliare's before you start.
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  • Jon Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I will have a full review on LA Books, but this is a mixed bag. The first 2/3rds are excellent, but the last 1/3rd left me cold. There are two great plot lines that are resolved, but incomplete to my tastes.All that said, the first 2/3rds are his work since Anathem.
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  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    Paradise Lost for the Post-Matrix Age.
  • Carrie Nellis Crisp
    January 1, 1970
    Johnny Mnemonic meets Matrix then Adam and Eve . This was well written but long . I found myself writing notes so I wouldn't forget if I had to put the book down for a few days . This is not a easy read however it's a very good story and this will keep you occupied for a good while ..
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  • Tim Wadham
    January 1, 1970
    At least as thought-provoking and perhaps even more than Seveneves. Stephenson’s take on where the internet is going—the idea that we are reaching the point where nothing can be believed and that cyberspace needs a complete reboot—is just part of Stephenson’s prescient commentary on technology. The main thread—demonstrating how technology can give us eternal digital life—is written as an epic, biblically-inspired creation story, in which the digital souls, or “processes,” create a brave new worl At least as thought-provoking and perhaps even more than Seveneves. Stephenson’s take on where the internet is going—the idea that we are reaching the point where nothing can be believed and that cyberspace needs a complete reboot—is just part of Stephenson’s prescient commentary on technology. The main thread—demonstrating how technology can give us eternal digital life—is written as an epic, biblically-inspired creation story, in which the digital souls, or “processes,” create a brave new world that is decidedly non-technological. I love how Stephenson creates a story that stretches over at least a hundred years in human time, while at the same time stretches out for eons in “bitworld.”
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  • Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this book immediately after receiving it. Absolutely top shelf Stephenson. This novel is absolutely overflowing with ideas and questions, any one of which would make me put the book down and have a bit of a think for a while. The amount of research and the presentation of knowledge is tremendous but not overwhelming. This is a book I will return to in a few months or so. Very highly recommended.
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