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Permutation City Summary
Greg Egan

Everything you need to understand or teach Permutation City by Greg Egan.

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Permutation City Summary

Plot Summary

Permutation City is a science fiction novel that takes place in the middle of the 21st century. Computer and medical technology have advanced to the point that it is possible to scan a person's brain and create a computer program that runs a complete copy of that person on a computer server, giving them something close to life after death. Because of the great expense, the process is mostly limited to those who can afford to pay for indefinite computing resources.

Paul Durham is an insurance salesman who offers protection plans to these wealthy copies. In 2050, Durham begins quietly promising virtual immortality to several wealthy copies in a virtual world called Permutation City. This city will exist independent of the world's limited computing resources and will never be in danger of shutting down. Durham bases his apparently impossible claim on his theory that the universe is constructed of...

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