Sum is an internationally bestselling book of fiction published in 27 countries and languages. It was selected as Book of the Week by both The Guardian and The Week, and named a Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, Chicago Tribune, New Scientist, The Guardian, and The Scotsman.
At one point, Sum was ranked by Amazon as the #2 bestselling book in the United Kingdom.
"This little book is teeming, writhing with imagination."
- Los Angeles Times
"Eagleman is a true original. Read Sum and be amazed. Reread it and be reamazed all over again."
- Time Magazine
"Poetic thought experiments... full of touching moments and glorious wit."
- Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times Book Review
"Sum has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius"
- The Guardian
"Imaginative and inventive."
- Wall Street Journal
"You will not read a more dazzling book this year than David Eagleman's Sum. If you read it and aren't enchanted I will eat 40 hats."
- Stephen Fry
- Hugh Laurie
From the jacket:
SUM is a dazzling exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered -- each presented as a vignette that offers us a stunning lens through which to see ourselves here and now.
In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, your creators are a species of dim-witted creatures who built us to figure out what they could not. In a different version of the afterlife you work as a background character in other people's dreams. Or you may find that God is a married couple struggling with discontent, or that the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember, or that the hereafter includes the thousands of previous gods who no longer attract followers. In some afterlives you are split into your different ages; in some you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that represent what you could have been; in others you are re-created from your credit card records and Internet history. David Eagleman proposes many versions of our purpose here; we are mobile robots for cosmic mapmakers, we are reunions for a scattered confederacy of atoms, we are experimental subjects for gods trying to understand what makes couples stick together.
These wonderfully imagined tales -- at once funny, wistful, and unsettling -- are rooted in science and romance and awe at our mysterious existence: a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that exposes radiant new facets of our humanity.
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