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Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers

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Plowing the Dark, Orfeo, Prisoner's Dilemma, Generosity: An Enhancement, Gain, Galatea 2.2, The Time of Our Singing, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, The Gold Bug Variations, The Echo Maker
In a digital laboratory on the shores of Puget Sound a band of virtual reality researchers race to complete the Cavern an empty white room that can become a jungle a painting or a vast Byzantine cathedral In a war torn Mediterranean city an American is held hostage chained to a radiator in another empty white room What can possibly join two such remote places Only the shared imagination a room that these people unwittingly build in common where they are all about to meet where the dual frames of this inventive novel to coalesce br br Adie Klarpol a skilled but disillusioned artist comes back to life revived by the thrill of working with the Cavern s cutting edge technology Against the collapse of Cold War empires and the fall of the Berlin Wall she retreats dangerously into the cyber realities she has been hired to create As her ex husband lies dying and the outbreak of computerized war fills her with a sense of guilty complicity Adie is thrown deeper into building a place of beauty and unknown power were she might fend off the incursions of the real world gone wrong br br On the other side of the globe Taimur Martin an English teacher retreating from a failed love affair is picked up off the streets in Beirut by Islamic fundamentalists and held in solitary captivity Without distraction or hope of release he must keep himself whole by the force of his memory alone Each infinite empty day moves him closer to insanity and only the surprising arrival of sanctuary sustains him for the shattering conclusion em Plowing the Dark em is fiction that explores the imagination s power to both destroy and save, Jonah Joseph and Ruth are the children of mixed race parents determined to protect them from the grinding effects of race Hothouse children they are all musically talented but they cannot be protected from the world for long Jonah becomes a successful young tenor but the world of opera can only accept him as a brilliant Negro singer Joseph our narrator becomes a pianist and devotes his talents to the service of his brother s Ruth turns her back on classical music white music and disappears on the run with her black husband under suspicion of being a Black Panther br br Powers brilliantly and devastatingly delineates the tragedy of race in America as it unfolds from the Civil Rights movement to Rodney King and Louis Farrakhan through the lives and choices of one family caught on the cusp of identities, div After four novels and several years living abroad the fictional protagonist of i Galatea i Richard Powers returns to the United States as Humanist in Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer based neural networks Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books Through repeated tutorials the device grows gradually more worldly until it demands to know its own name sex race and reason for exisiting br div, Following a near fatal accident Mark Schluter is nursed by his reluctant sister But when he emerges from his coma Mark believes that this woman who looks acts and sounds just like his sister is really an identical impostor As a famous neurologist investigates his condition Mark tries to learn what really happened the night of his accident br br On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road year old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near fatal accident His older sister Karin his only near kin returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury But when he emerges from a protracted coma Mark believes that this woman who looks acts and sounds just like his sister is really an identical impostor Shattered by her brother s refusal to recognize her Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre worlds of brain disorder Weber recognizes Mark as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome a doubling delusion and eagerly investigates What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being Meanwhile Mark armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition br br Set against the Platte River s massive spring migrations one of the greatest spectacles in nature The Echo Maker is a gripping mystery that explores the improvised human self and the even more precarious brain that splits us from and joins us to the rest of creation