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Book Title: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 49|
The author of the book: Neil Clarke
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Edition: Wyrm Publishing
Date of issue: October 1st 2010
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The Eric Brown story is great.
Brown's story is of Ed, a pilot, and his crew, co-pilot Karrie and an AI called Ella, all of them are hired by Katerina for a trip to a distant planet.
Katerina is a young girl of about twenty, who uses an advanced warware spacesuit. Although Brown uses the mystery around Katerina as a spice, the beauty behind “Laying the ghost” is its metaphor about life and impermanence.
From the beginning, when Karrie and Ed talk about Ella, Brown implies the theme that will permeate this story: what is a human being after all? Ella is “running on a self-aware paradigm” and developing feelings, just an upgrade, while Katerina believes in vitalism, a philosophy (or religion) that says it’s God that give us life, the energy spark we need to be human beings, which means that feelings are not enough to make Ella a human being. Brown subtly emphasizes these differences in the dialogues between Ed and Katerina, inserting them throughout the text, which is a great insight.
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Read information about the authorNeil Clarke is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Clarkesworld and Forever Magazine. His work at Clarkesworld has garnered three Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine, a British Fantasy Award, and a World Fantasy Award. He's also a four-time Hugo Nominee for Best Editor (Short Form) and editor of several anthologies, including The Best Science Fiction of the Year series, Upgraded, and Galactic Empires. Upcoming anthologies include The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 2, War Machines, and More Human Than Human. He currently lives in NJ with his wife and two sons.
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