Permutation City - Chapters 2 and 3 Summary & Analysis

Greg Egan
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Chapters 2 and 3 Summary

Chapter 2 is dated November, 2050. Paul Durham is in the virtual office of Thomas Riemann, a wealthy businessman who had himself scanned and copied when he was close to death. Durham tells Riemann he can offer him immortality for two million ecus.

Riemann has allowed Durham to visit him in his virtual office out of curiosity. To visit a copy, a flesh-and-blood person must be hooked up to the computer system and slow down his brain by a factor of 17 to interact with the computer copy that runs at a slower rate than the human brain. Riemann assumes that Durham is just another person looking for a handout or selling some new scheme to offer him secure servers that will run his copy program in an isolated and protected environment.

Durham assures him he is talking about a different kind of security...

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