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Softlife [Kindle Edition]

James R. Hardin

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Book Description

It's hard to save the world while wondering whether you're still human, but Jason1 may be just the right software for the job anyway. He's about to find out.

Stranded in the computers of a derelict space station, unknown to the world, lives the first community of human-based software, or softlife. But Jason1, one of the few who used to be flesh-and-blood, doubts that this empty existence really qualifies as life. On the other hand, Iooi, a young native softlife, considers her kind an evolutionary step beyond biology, and three-dimensional space an annoying abstraction.

A spaceship arrives at the space station, and the two of them stow away in its computer, hoping to establish ties with the rest of humankind while somehow tolerating each other. But the ship's crew is clearly hiding something, despite the efforts of Jason1 and some old human associates to pry it from them. And the world's first faster-than-light spaceship, lost since the wreck of the space station, has returned, and is acting very strangely. These minor mysteries coalesce into major threats, pitting the softlife against unexpected enemies they may be uniquely qualified to fight. Softlife and biological life must work together to save both of their worlds and, just maybe, learn to appreciate the humanity in each other and themselves.

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About the Author

James R. Hardin received his first rejection from a major publisher when he was 11 years old and has been writing fiction intermittently ever since. After a long break earning a living and dealing with real life, he has returned to writing with renewed passion (although he still has to work around all that earning a living and real life stuff). Softlife is his first novel, though certainly not his last. James supports himself and his family as an engineer in the R&D department of a major turbomachinery manufacturer, where he engages in aerodynamic design, computational fluid dynamics analyses, and battle with temperamental computers. When not writing or engineering, he often plays or composes music, usually on a piano or synthesizer. James lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife, a varying number of sons depending on who's home, and two lazy dogs. You can find out more about James and his writing, as well as download a few of his SF/F-themed musical compositions, at his website

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  • Print Length: 268 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of ideas 1 Feb. 2014
By Mark Venturini - Published on
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Science fiction stories are all about ideas . . . and there's a lot of ideas in Softlife. Let's see, where do I start? Human consciousness replicated in software framework, a thriving society housed on computer networks, where the inhabitants interact, have “sex” and reproduce children, children who then grow up to become adult beings with distinct personalities and names like Jason1 and 1001101110. What else? Oh, yes. There’s a faster-than-light jumpship, “Christian” terrorists, Hal, rogue Trojan Bear viruses running amok through Earth’s computer network, and bumbling military brass.

Softlife is a well-written, fast-past story. I was most intrigued by the Softlife beings, their ability to interact and argue with each other (and with humans), “sleep”, travel from network cluster to network cluster, and replicate themselves with backups. There is one question still lingering in my mind: with Softlife, is there life after deletion?
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch - Well Written 23 Oct. 2013
By Francis Kushner - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Very visual - increasing with each chapter that also gave anticipation of the outcome. Hope the author keeps his imagination streaming with another book - perhaps a sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars love the characters good story 30 July 2013
By cindy miller - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
enjoyed the story line
good characters you get the ones you like and disklike pretty quick
would buy this author again
5.0 out of 5 stars Softlife 28 July 2013
By melissa sax - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book very much! The ethical questions that are raised really make you think. I hope that more books will follow, Jim. 5 stars from me!
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