I remember reading a story, probably posted online, about a person who was uploaded (i.e. had his consciousness transferred into a computer.) I don't recall whether it was more like short story or novel length, and I don't know whether it was ever published in a non-online medium.
I think the protagonist was a grad student, but he might have just been a volunteer who had his brain scanned by grad students in a lab. The experiment was at first thought a failure, and ultimately it was abandoned, and I think the brain scan data was released to the world. (One detail I specifically remember: it turned out that they had gotten the sign of one of the synapse connections backwards.)
I don't recall what sequence the various revelations were actually presented in the story, but at some point the protagonist wakes up in the lab where he was scanned. The lights are off and nobody else is around.
It turns out that he actually died in the scanning process (I believe?), and it's actually a simulated copy of him waking up in a simulated lab (this is definitely the big twist I recall, and leads into what was probably the main part of the story, where he explores the simulated world.)
There's some other stuff that happens that I could fill in, but I'm a lot fuzzier on the details; plus I have read a ton of stories in this genre, and am prone to mixing them up.
Some authors I've read a lot of, but think this is probably not:
- Charles Stross
- Greg Egan
- Ted Chiang
At one point I thought it might have been written by Roger "localroger" Williams, but I couldn't find it among his work.
(The story by localroger that most reminds me of this one, but is not this one, is Mortal Passage: Identifying scifi story: a military pilots consciousness is uploaded after an accident, ends up piloting spaceships thousands of years later )
Anybody recognize it?