Permutation City Topics for Discussion

Greg Egan
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Discuss the different notions of identity in the novel. Is a copy different than its original?

What are some of the ethical questions that are raised by the possibility of creating virtual copies of humans?

How do the various residents of Elysium cope with immortality? Is it something truly desirable?

The author uses the term "Garden of Eden" several times to describe the creation of new universes. In what ways are these universes like a Garden of Eden? How are they different?

What role does religion play in the novel? Is it an important consideration for the characters?

Durham's universe is meant to be immortal, but it comes to an end in a way. Does this invalidate his theory?

How do Thomas and Peer differ in their attitudes toward life as a copy?

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