Book: Welcome To The Madhouse by S. E. Sasakicategories: Book, Artificial Intelligence, Military Medicine, Medical Space Station, Androids, Genetic Modification, Robots, Mind Control, Combat Soldiers, Biological Warfare, Science Fiction
S. E. Sasakiabout this book: Welcome to the Madhouse asks the question: What does it mean to be human? In the Madhouse universe, human soldiers and workers have been genetically modified with animal characteristics to make them stronger, faster, larger. Human memories/personalities can be implanted into android bodies. Androids with artificial intelligences can look no different from humans. When a human is downloaded into an android, is he/she/it still human? When an android memory is placed in a human body, is it still non-human? Where does humanity reside? Is humanity determined by one's genetics or by one's actions?
Welcome To The Madhouse also tackles the moral questions surrounding immortality. Should anyone be able to live forever? Should anyone be able to come back, again and again and again? What if this technology fell into the wrong hands? What if someone else had the ability to bring you back again and again and again without your say - forcing you to fight in battles not of your choosing? What if a tyrant could live forever? Would technology offering a form of immortality ever be a good thing? Would it be right?
On the Premier Medical Space Station, the Nelson Mandela, these are some of the questions tackled by the zany medical staff as they go about their business putting combat soldiers back together again and saving lives. Characterized by one reader as 'M*A*S*H meets Futurama', Welcome to the Madhouse is a mixture of comedy/romance/adventure/suspense with unexpected twists and turns that should still make one think deeply amidst the laughter.
It is a book that questions what we define as 'different' and asks if it is accurate or relevant.
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