This novel I read rather recently, during the early "Covid" years. But I don't remember much.

One thing I am positive about is that, in this universe, one can upload the mind of people (usually, just when death is imminent) into a giant computer in which they keep "living". But contrary to the case of, for instance, John Varley's universe, one cannot download them back into clones in the "external" world. They can only continue to "live" in the computer.

Only one specific episode remains in my memory. One of the main characters, a young woman, is given access (from the outside !) to the computer. (IIRC, at some point later in the book, she will die and end up in the computer). She is told to choose a long password that she can easily remember but that nobody can guess. So she took the acronym of a rather long sentence. I cannot quote it verbatim, but I am probably very close. Something like : I S(tole) A(n) A(dhesive) A(nti-slip) D(uck... Hmmm... an adhesive duck is mentioned the Big Bang Theory; here it was probably something else, maybe an adhesive flower) F(rom) T(he) B(athroom) O(f) M(r) W(hatever the name was)'s M(ansion). She can remember it because she actually did it, as a joke, or to keep a souvenir. But nobody saw her and could ever imagine she would choose such an acronym as password.

  • I wonder if this is one of Pohl's Heechee books, which do have uploading to computers (called "vastening"). It would probably be "Mr. Broadhead's mansion" since he got very rich.
    – Andrew
    May 11 at 21:13
  • @Andrew "one of Pohl's Heechee books".. could you be more specific ? I don't know anything about that series.
    – Alfred
    May 11 at 21:14
  • The Heechee series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heechee_Saga starting with Gateway. If it doesn't ring a bell then I'm wrong :)
    – Andrew
    May 11 at 21:16
  • Any idea when it could have been from? Was it fairly new at the time of reading?
    – Jenayah
    May 11 at 22:03
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    @Jenayah I think it was rather recent when I read it, but I really cannot be sure.
    – Alfred
    May 11 at 23:17


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