PERMUTATION CITY. London: Millennium An Orion Book, . Octavo, boards. First edition. "Pursuing his ongoing fascination with different forms of life, Egan explores the ramifications of scanning and downloading the human mind into virtual environments. But while PERMUTATION CITY is partially concerned with the vulnerability of such 'Copies,' dependent on the stability of the computer systems they inhabit, Egan is also preoccupied with the nature and fluidity of identity. Which is more real, the scan or the person, and can the two co-exist? And having been scanned and then reloaded into a body, is the Copy different from the original? Egan uses a complex, multi-viewpoint narrative to reflect the shifting natures of reality and experience in a world that may be a computer construction or the real thing. In the end, only uncertainty remains, in what is one of Egan's best novels, with tightly structured plotting and coherent storytelling." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-367. Winner of the 1995 John W Campbell Memorial Award. Egan's second SF novel, preceded by QUARANTINE (1992). Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #38. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#140646).
'This edition first published / in Great Britain in 1994 ..." on copyright page.