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Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Sum Is A Stunning Exploration Of Funny And Unexpected Afterlives That Have Never Been Considered Each Presented As A Vignette That Offers A Lens Through Which To See Ourselves Here And Now In One Afterlife You May Find That God Is The Size Of A Microbe And Is Unaware Of Your Existence In Another, You Work As A Background Character In Other People S Dreams Or You May Find That The Afterlife Contains Only Those People Whom You Remember The Stories In Sum Are Rooted In Romance, Science, And Awe A Mixture Of Death, Hope, Computers, Immortality, Love, Biology, And Desire That Cuts Through Human Nature At New And Exciting Angles.

10 thoughts on “Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

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    In the afterlife you discover that all the goodreaders are in the same walled off section of heaven God greets you in the form of your ideal librarian In the goodreads heaven library you witness the librarian gamut examples include a fatherly professor, a stern but gentle middle aged woman, and a supermodel in a plaid skirt with legs that won t quit If you are a seventeen year old girl God is a combination of Ben Harrison and that guy from 500 Days of Summer.The time you spent on goodreads the status you have in heaven When you first arrive God checks the library computer there are never lines, as everyone s different version of God has his her own computer and gives you a badge that displays your total hours logged onto goodreads If you have logged many hours God shakes your hand, high fives you, or blows you kisses The people with the most time on their badges these badges are gold get the best tables at the goodreads heaven coffee shop and pick what the book clubs read Ginny Jones is the coffee shop waitress but is never allowed to read any books If you were involved in any goodreads fights, or ever deleted your profile, ...

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    This book blew me away I underlined and starred dozens of sentences and typed them in to my friends on email Sum tells 40 vignettes from the afterlife, but you quickly figure out that a the stories are mutually exclusive if one is true then the others cannot be , and b the stories are not about the afterlife at all, but instead unusual portraits about the here and now After I read it I found out that the author David Eagleman is a brain scientist during the day, and that explains a bit about the words he chooses and the way he imagines things outside the normal storytelling box It s a rare and successful mix of literature and future oriented thinking I feel like a I got mentally stretched quite a bit Someone on this forum here made a comparison of this book to Borges, which I agree wit...

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    You do not have to be a subscriber to any of the common religions in this world to harbor some notion, some hope, that there might be a form of personal existence beyond death Eagelman has come up with forty possible post mortem futures and offers them up in bite size stories in this slim volume The tales range from tedious to inspired There is an O Henry esque tale in which a man s greatest desire is to become a horse A vision of God as being fascinated with Mary Shelley s masterpiece was inspired Some portray people as cogs in a much larger reality some are morality stories in which we come face to face with the true nature of who we were during our actual lives People can be cancer cells in the body of God or walking recorders in a vast experiment, sometimes we are the experiment As with science fiction, a consideration of the post mortal applies its selected mask to foibles, values and triumphs of humans The images that are created are views of ourselves as we are, and not so much as we might be There is a great deal of clever in this collection, interesting ideas, too many devoid of personal or emotional content Occasionally I found myself reviving my inner teen, rolling my eyes and muttering whatever, but a few pages on would come across a...

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    5 Everyone is a brother to all, and for the first time an idea has been realized that never came to fruition on Earth true equality The Communists are baffled and irritated, because they have finally achieved their perfect society, but only by the help of a God in whom they don t want to believe The meritocrats are abashed that they re stuck for eternity in an incentiveless system with a bunch of pinkos The conservatives have no penniless to disparage the liberals have no downtrodden to promote So God sits on the edge of Her bed and weeps at night, because the only thing everyone can agree upon is that they re all in Hell I recently re read this and still love it I ll leave my original review below and add some excerpts now I ve read or browsed through this several times, and I never remember all the possibilities, but I definitely remember the sense of be careful what you wish for that permeates all of the stories.The quotation above shows that in that example, nobody s happy, including God Herself This is from a chapter titled Descent In the afterlife, you are treated to a generous opportunity you can choose whatever you would like to be in the next life What a great idea What could possibly go wrong You think a simple, unhurried life sounds good, one with no major decisions to make You give it some thought and figure you might try life as a horse this t...

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    My favourite video game of all time is a homemade 2D platformer on the little known Yaroze a black, programmable Playstation called Time Slip In this game you are a snail with a one minute lifespan who has to use his time on screen to stand on buttons that open doors to other parts of the level Once the minute is up, the snail is reincarnated as another snail at the beginning of the level, or at the latest checkpoint The ghost of your previous snail remains on the map, reliving its movements after its time is up, with and fresh snails coming until the map gets clogged up with past selves If you come into contact with any of your previous snail selves, it s game over This raises quite a profound metaphysical conundrum for a cheapo game coded by two nerds Imagine if we had the chance to live our lives over, in the same circumstances, with knowledge of our previous selves altering how we moved through the world, but relying on certain foundations having been laid in these previous lives for advancement in our then present lives Like concentric Russ...

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    Doing the one a day practice with this title First time I read it was on an airplane flight, finished it over the course of the return trip I remember enjoying it immensely, laughing at least a few times, feeling heady and philosophical, but then forgetting all but the trace impressions This time ...

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    Work Of Genius.

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    Some of these stories were indeed imaginative scenarios of what the afterlife is like or what God might be like But because his Heaven or God is always imagined as some inversion of a human hierarchy or scaleit gets repetitive very fast God always lacks some human quality that intrinsically keeps him as God and us as humans, orhe s just like us, but just a smaller or larger scale Because his Heaven is always some rearranged variation of the human life, all the stories start to sound the same Because these stories are so hypothetical and abstract, they become very repetitive and you feel as if he s flogged his one trick pony to death by the end of the boo...

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    This is a suite of variations on the possibilities of different kinds of afterlives Each of the forty tales is usually only about a couple of pages long, but each one is densely packed with mind bending what ifs He imagines wildly different ways that an afterlife, if it existed, could be structured Some are exquisitely sad, such as this first paragraph from Metamorphosis There are three deaths The first is when the body ceases to function The second is when the body is consigned to the grave The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time Others offer the possibility of a sublime eternity, in which the self is split into an infinite set of selves, as in a prism, which exist simultaneously, and...

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