An Audience for Einstein Paperback – 31 Jan 2005
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A well-written, at times riveting story. Wakely is clearly an excellent and concise writer. Great bedtime reading material. -- Ellen Feig, Skuawk Literature Reviews
In this science fiction thriller, Wakely presents rich character analysis in a theory of our not-so-distant future. -Will Petty -- West Suburban Living Magazine
Flowers For Algernon was good, but An Audience For Einstein is better.
What's next? Movie?
Bravo Mr. Wakely. -- penguincomics. net (Tim Lasiuta)
This was so much more than anticipated. Full of emotions and twists, you will not want this book to end. -- GetBookReviews.com
Thought provoking and entertaining. -- Genrefluent.com (Diana Tixier Herald)
From the Publisher
An Audience for Einstein is the winner of the Fountainhead Productions 2002/03 National Writing Contest and the 2003 Authorlink New Author Award for Science Fiction.See all Product description
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Dorning knows that he only has one shot at transplanting Marlowe's essence, and realizes that the Professor doesn't have much time. When he meets a young homeless boy, Miguel Sanchez, all of the pieces begin to fall into place. But, when Marlowe finally realizes that this procedure may actually happen, he begins to question the moral implications of Dorning's potential success: "You've wrestled with the procedures and won, but not with the long term consequences, Dorning. Don't you see? If you're successful, you might have found a unique way to create a new class of slaves" (p. 42).
Mark Wakely's first novel tackles some big issues, forcing the reader to weigh the value of the life of a genius of science against that of an illiterate street urchin. Is the potential value of continuing a life already proven invaluable to mankind worth the sacrifice of one homeless boy who doesn't even know his own age? Or is the unique spirit Miguel brings to humanity more important than all of the equations and theories a second life for Professor Marlowe could offer?
2006 EPPIE Award
2003 Authorlink New Author Award for Science Fiction
2002/03 Fountainhead Productions National Writing Contest Winner
2003 Writemovies.com International Writing Competition, Finalist
Reviewed by: Mechele R. Dillard
Doctor Carl Dorning was a highly regarded neurosurgeon who had a brain storm during an operation. He resigned from his work in order to turn his time toward proving his idea. For almost twenty years Carl secretly works in his basement lab on transferring one person's memories into another person's mind. Carl finally convinces Percival, the man he respects above all others, to fund the experiments.
Miguel Sanchez is a homeless, pre-teen boy. His mother is recovering in a medical facility. He has no idea where his cruel father currently is. So Miguel lives on the street with a few older kids, begging cash from passing traffic. Carl convinces Miguel to live with Percival for awhile and keep the fading professor company during his last days. In return, Miguel will have a roof over his head, three meals a day, and then receive "the gift of truly superior intelligence".
Percival and Miguel believes Carl's experimental surgery would transfer Percival's memories into Miguel's brain. Then Miguel would either instantly gain Percival's intelligence or occasionally get flashes of the elderly man's memories. Either way, someone would always remember Percival. Carl did not bother to inform either of them that only one set of memories could exist in the boy's head.
As the memories and essence of an astrophysicist comes forth, all that is the boy will be lost forever. The result is a tug-of-war for ownership of an eleven-year-old's body.
**** A scary look at the world of science when an intelligent doctor's morals become twisted. The wish for immortality can be all consuming. Even when one knows that it is morally wrong to take without asking, especially in this manner, the temptation can still be great. Readers get a glimpse into how even the most brilliant minds alive can fear death, try to cheat it, and (hopefully) learn to let go. Do not begin this book believing that you can guess the outcome. This is a very good sci-fi that will leave you in deep thoughts long after you finish reading. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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And the person whose memory is transferred is a Nobel-prize top-notch scientist, not any ordinary man with average intelligence like myself. This way, the old scientist has the chance to further his studies when his memories are transferred to a young recipient. Then, the moral dilemma arises.
Nevertheless, a few things are hard to believe. How come such an intelligent scientist agrees to supplant a boy's memory with his own, knowing that the boy would stop living in order to give him a second chance?
How come the doctor could kidnap a boy who was living in the street but had a mother and a father, and then legally arrange that he inherits the old scientist's fortune? How come his parents noticed him missing but did nothing about it? Some other details are also unbelievable.
And yet, I recommend the novel because it is inspiring, thrilling and exciting. It is not only meant for teens. I am an adult and could enjoy it.
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