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It is in the format of a chat log. A man's consciousness was uploaded to a computer to save him. Now in the future, they downloaded his mind into a body, but the man gave permission for scientists to copy his consciousness and talk to it through a computer. The scientist on the computer is excited because he finally found a version of the consciousness that is stable and lasts more than a few seconds before going crazy. Does this short story sound familiar to anyone?

  • Sounds a bit like "The Tear Problem," first published on EscapePod.org. But it is also ringing vague bells that I read or listened to this story also and was reminded of Roger Zelazny's "Go Starless in the Night". – Lexible Aug 13 '15 at 20:25
  • Does it have to be a short story? This sounds a great deal like the opening chapter of the novel "Permutation City." A man uploads his mind in another attempt to get a stable version that does not commit suicide. – Vicpylon Aug 14 '15 at 0:46
  • It looks like someone else found your post and used it to ask after it on Reddit: reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue/comments/3tholr/… That said, none of the provided answers look like matches to me. – FuzzyBoots Nov 20 '15 at 19:31
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It sounds very similar to "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)", which is a story about a guy who gets cryogenically frozen after death. A few hundred years in the future, he's revived (his consciousness is transferred to computers/machines). The doctors there tell him that this process (putting his consciousness into a machine) is dangerous and that some of the people who this happens to go mad/can't handle it. I believe that one of his 'forms' is blown up and the scientist/doctor uses a back-up and puts that into new machines.

Where it strays from your description is that eventually the protagonist is sent out into the solar system on a quest for worlds that can sustain life.

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