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Re:union by Eric Liu


by Eric Liu

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Gives new meaning to 'alternate reality' when the apocalypse strikes and the only mode of survival is to have one's consciousness 'scanned' into a simulated environment, while the physical body succumbs. Quite a good read, actually.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
I read David Brin's "[b:Reality Check|12332819|Reality Check|David Brin|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1354033396s/12332819.jpg|17311878]" right before Eric Liu's "[b:Re: union|12102228|Re union (Free Science Fiction eBook Short Story)|Eric Liu|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1339176280s/12102228.jpg|15277681] ". They both deal in ways with human transcendence to a virtual reality, a topic that even in 2000, when Brin's story was published, was not really innovative. Liu, in a longer story, does much the better job of humanizing the topic and the personal choices it raises. Brin's story, by contrast, is a more intellectual exercise that ends up being mildly interesting, but not exactly gripping.

I got them both for free, and they're a decent read at that price, if you're a fan of the author. If not, neither of these stories will convert you, though Liu's story might tempt you to more. ( )
  BMorrisAllen | May 14, 2013 |
Re:union is an interesting short story that plays on contrasts well. The diversity of a dystopian future melded with the smells and sights of a high school football game form a sort of yin and yang duality with the conflicts running through the main character's life. Liu grasps this concept well and the writing shows it. Well done! ( )
  TheMadTurtle | Jun 18, 2012 |
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