Zweibel gave his own technique for helping to develop specific voices. And you will write.
Along the same lines, Wolf spoke to the fact that writing for a daily show forces you to write every day whether you want to or not. It might be total garbage… but you have to do it. For me, that was always the trick. Ephron feels every writer will naturally develop their own voice over time, but it might take some time to isolate it. At the time of the panel Alan Zweibel discussed three current projects in different mediums: a play, a musical, and a novel. So then I would go write a book, and someone would option it. Try to develop other areas. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. Preview — Mindclone by David T. Wolf Goodreads Author. Marc Gregorio wakes up paralyzed. Did someone slip him an overdose of Botox? The answer, he discovers, is much, much worse. Adam loves her, too. But how does a digital entity experience love? But there is one compensation: his digital brain can instantly absorb, understand and remember peta-, exa- and yettabytes of data. He keeps himself busy sulking and surfing the Internet in search of happiness.
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Now Marc and Adam both struggle to win the heart of Molly Schaeffer. One day, feeling an excess of self-pity, Adam asks Molly why he should go on.
She teases that he has the Pinocchio problem: he wants to be a real live boy--with a conscience. Why not use his astonishing digital skills to combat evil in the world? Encouraged, Adam unearths terrorist plots, aborts schoolyard mayhem, exposes congressional malfeasance and Wall Street chicanery.
A struggle for freedom and his very survival ensues. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition. Published by Champagne Cork Press first published March 7th More Details Edition Language. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mindclone , please sign up. If you woke up one day and discovered you were not the human you thought you were, but instead a digital copy, stuck in a computer, would you try to make the most of your new form, or would you sink into despair?
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 27, Richard Bunning rated it it was amazing. There aren't too many science fiction books that are quite so positive about near future sciences that may well allow the 'cloning' of the human mind. We see the dream of a 'heaven', a life beyond the disposal of our corpses, a continued existence in the digital world.
We see Wolf's hopes for adding the other senses, than just easily achie There aren't too many science fiction books that are quite so positive about near future sciences that may well allow the 'cloning' of the human mind. We see Wolf's hopes for adding the other senses, than just easily achievable hearing and sight; namely touch, sensation, sentient feeling to his future non-biological self. He guards against the evil inside us all by allowing the earliest freed mind, his Adam, to set strong moral parameters to all future behaviour patterns. Wolf seems to be considering his own moral architecture as the ideal, as seen in the many personal 'political' imperatives he works into the plot.
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The book comes through to me as being deeply unreligious, though certainly not anti-religion. A conventional belief in the afterlife isn't excluded. Mindclone simply 'invents' an electronic heaven between the life here and the future ones expounded by 'church'. So really, this isn't the sort of SF that might cause religious offence, even though it envisages the construction of artificial 'soul' as one answer to our prayers.
The science fiction is top notch, truly Asimovian, but as with most such serious SF it isn't the sort of book that is dynamically exciting. Ideas, the excitement of science, and scientific philosophy, are more important to Wolf than emotionally manipulating of the reader. Many modern readers seem addicted to tension and attack books that fail to offer constant adrenal punches. In this book, excitement is generated by opening up ideas, through challenging us to make use of our own minds to think through the implications behind this someday, soon plausible, plot.
We are led to explore jealousy, love, hate, pain, and everything else that makes us human. These feelings are essential to the building of personality, us, into any truly 'humanitarian' artificial intelligence. Also to an 'evil' intelligence, of course! The quality of the writing is as high as the quality of Wolf's ideas.
I am critical of the failure to make the most of the conspiracies within the plot, because the better employment of these elements would have made this an even better book. Perhaps Wolf is too frightened of his future upload becoming the victim of the evil in mankind to make the villain truly diabolic, powerful and likely to succeed. This book is interesting, creative, intelligent, engaging, well-worth my time. Wolf is here very positive about near future developments in the non-biological reproduction of biological self.
This individual, the biological me, found this book to be stimulating rather than exciting. Mar 24, Angelo rated it it was amazing. Sci-Fi at its best. I already had this book on my long list of books to be read. Luckily, someone in one of my book clubs was already reading it, and told me that she was really enjoying the story, and highly recommended it.
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Well, except Sci-Fi at its best. Well, except for tonight, just finished it, so I had to stop. But with a surprisingly great and hopeful feeling that I will see them again, Marc, Molly, and the AI, entity, machine, or whatever name, I don't wanna spoil your reading and give out "his" name here ; I do wanna say though that this book did surprise me, I was expecting a good, interesting story, but it ended up being more than that, a lot more actually. Enjoy the ride! Jun 20, Karen rated it really liked it.
Mindclone is possibly the best independently published SF novel that I have ever read. The author's meticulous research into the field of Artificial Intelligence and his witty, accessible writing style made it a page turner that I was sorry to see end. But now I think if such a thing were to happen, David J. Wolf provides a plausible path forward. He understands and describes realistically the economic, scientific, and human forces that would drive this sort of wish-fulfillment to fruition.
The two main human characters, Marc Gregorio and Molly Shaeffer, are also perfectly drawn to the last detail, both physical and mental. They are both San Francisco Bay Area high achievers and simultaneously realistic flawed human beings, able to hurt each other without being able to help it. I am peripherally in the classical music world and I know a number of cellists, and I really appreciated the insights the author brought to the character of Molly, a professional free-lance cello player.
She was plausible, and relatable, as a modern-day former classical prodigy-turned-working-freelance-musician.