Zendegi by Greg Egan

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Set in a near future Iran (where the theocracy has been overthrown, but where Muslim religion still dominates the culture), an Arab/Muslim focused MMORG gaming companies cutting edge AI software might hold the key achieving "uploaded consciousness."
Martin is an Australian journalist who covered uprising and overthrow of the Iranian theocracy, and has since “gone native” with a Iranian wife and child. As tragedy strikes his multi-cultural family, Martin struggles to maintain his place in his adapted culture, and to provide for his child.
Zendigi explores what it means to be human, and the lengths one will go to in order to provide for ones children. This emotional roller coaster explores a non-Western-European near future that both challenges ideas of global mono-culture and emphasizes the humanity we all share.

About Greg Egan

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Greg Egan is the author of the acclaimed SF novels "Diaspora, Axiomatic, Quarantine, Permutation City, and "Teranesia. A winner of the Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Mr. Egan lives in Australia.
Published March 1, 2010 by Start Publishing LLC. 300 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Apart from the fact that science fiction scenarios are as likely to play out in the Middle East as anywhere else—after all, that part of the world will experience the future too—the themes of both Zendegi the book and Zendegi the game take on a particular resonance in light of a society which rem...

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Greg Egan’s 1995 novel Distress began with a riveting scene in which a murder victim was temporarily (and gruesomely) revived so that he could lead police to his own killers.

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The British Fantasy Society

This is a tale split into two halves ‘ the first covers a present-day Iran (2012) experiencing severe political upheaval eerily similar to this year’s troubles in Egypt and Libya, serving to introduce Martin Seymour as the journalist sent to cover the Iranian elections, and Nasim as a brilliant c...

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But it’s particularly surprising when someone like Australian author Greg Egan – who, while somewhat renowned for his very hard sci-fi writing credentials, isn’t always seen as a character writer – manages to tell a story like Zendegi, in which the science (while interesting and relevant) rightly...

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John Munro 19 Feb 2013

Rated the book as 3 out of 5