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

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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.