Sawyer weaves an interesting spin on his "mind scanning" series. In this one three different versions of Peter Hobson's mind are scanned into a computer and literally become thinking beings within the net. One of the three, free of some of mankind's restraints, begins killing people that Hobson didn't like. Hobson and his friend Sarker try to figure out which version of Hobson is doing the killings and then try to stop it.
Meanwhile, a detective who investigating the crimes is honing in on Hobson and his wife as possible suspects. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she is also putting her life in danger from the rogue version of Hobson.
Interwoven into this tale is a discovery of a possible human soul and the ramifications to religion, abortion and other political issues it causes.
A very quick read!
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The Terminal Experimenthas propelled Robert J. Sawyer into the limelight as one of science fiction's hot new writers, earning him the prestigious Nebula Award in the process. In this fast-paced thriller, Dr. Peter Hobson's investigations into death and afterlife lead him to create three separate electronic versions of himself: one has no memory of physical existence and represents life after death; one has no knowledge of death or aging and represents immortality; and the third is left unaltered as a control. But all three have escaped into the worldwide matrix...and one of them is a killer.