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Manumission

To save the vulnerable from death and preserve the human race, the Metaform mainframe can store a person’s consciousness for an infinite amount of time and download it into a new, upgraded bio-frame – potentially meaning that that oh-so-illusive human ambition, immortality, has been reached once and for all.

MANUMISSION

In a not-too-distant future, where wealth is measured by credits and almost all people are surveyed and tracked with barcodes, the Metaform Corporation is one of the wealthiest, most talked about and controversial companies in existence. To save the vulnerable from death and preserve the human race, the Metaform mainframe can store a person’s consciousness for an infinite amount of time and download it into a new, upgraded bio-frame – potentially meaning that that oh-so-illusive human ambition, immortality, has been reached once and for all.

Of course, with an insurmountable amount of credits, this ambition can be reached with little to no wait-time. Without the funds, being stored in cyber-space indefinitely is a very real possibility.

Cults, terrorists and religious groups protest the Metaform constantly, and raids and attacks are a very real threat. When Gabriel and Errik hatch a plot to take down the Metaform from within its own mainframe, things start to go awry and they learn more about the Metaform, its directors and some of its inhabitants, than they ever expected…

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About the Author

I’ve been a science fiction addict with a deep interest in science and technology for quite a long time. Unfortunately I wasn’t bright enough, or perhaps I didn’t have inspiring enough teachers, to follow the physics route to the career of my dreams, but I could always read about it. Then, after many years of storytelling for the personal amusement of family and friends, redundancy provided the perfect opportunity to write some of those stories down.

I was an avid reader from a very early age, starting at the age of five with some of the most unsuitable of my father’s personal stash, (anyone remember John Cleland?), ignoring the bits that, mercifully, I didn’t understand. As a youngster, I liked the 19th century romances of Jeffery Farnol and the brilliant adventure novels of Hammond Innes, and though my tastes changed over the years, I’d developed an adoration of the written word that never went away.

After a while I started to think I could write too, but it was only a daydream. I didn’t want to try it, in case I found out I wasn’t a writer after all. I decided to give it try three years ago, after leaving my job as welfare officer with a national charity. I’ve always loved science fiction, but more especially the idea that these stories constitute as-yet-unrealised possibilities, rather than simple fantasies.

My first novel isn’t the space-ship variety of science fiction, although I think it may head that way in the future. It concerns the development of virtual lives and ultimately unsuccessful public opposition to their increasingly widespread use. I feel it should go on into a second novel and even a third, and I’ve written rather a lot of the second book already, just in case it might be wanted.

If you read it, I’d be enormously grateful for your review, even if you don’t like it. You may find holes in the plot, and you’ll almost certainly find the occasional typo. I don’t mind what your feedback is, I’ll be happy with simple one-liners, and I’ll read them all!

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