A century ago, the World Government sold it as “Peace on Earth.” All they did was convince the citizens of the world to download their minds into the Internet, leaving their bodies floating in stasis tanks. Now Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Scott Douglas was free to read a book in peace, without having to listen to the hippies and their endless whining. His only job was to walk through the stasis tanks once a day and check for problems. Then the Internet went down. Without it regulating their brains, humanity would be dead in a matter of days. It was up to Scott to save the hippies, even if all they did was complain.
Wouldn’t that be “uploading” our minds to the internet? We’re treated to a nice piece of science fiction as Mr. Lester’s first finished work in 2007. An intriguing tale of what may happen should the science fiction books come true and we’re able to upload our consciousness to the internet, to live out our lives forever in “virtual reality”. Or at least as long as the internet stays up. And that’s the design of this short story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Coolestmommy R –
This Sci-fi short story will really make you think. It was engaging and kept me listening to the end. Looking forward to reading more by these authors in the future.
Jennifer Fournier –
I listened to The Forever Sleep in one session (it’s a short story). Very engaging. The narration was fine and the story spun out it’s backstory in a good way. Although a somewhat heavy handed commentary on online device use, it was a good listen and I recommend it.
G G –
Interesting premise. I wish the set up could’ve been described in more detail, as I still have some questions, But I guess there is just so much you can do in a short story.
I liked the twist at the end.
I requested this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review