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Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (Vintage)


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ISBN13: 9780307389930
ISBN10: 0307389936
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At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now.  In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. In another version, you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. Or you may find that God is a married couple, or that the universe is running backward, or that you are forced to live out your afterlife with annoying versions of who you could have been.  With a probing imagination and deep understanding of the human condition, acclaimed neuroscientist David Eagleman offers wonderfully imagined tales that shine a brilliant light on the here and now.


In this collection that offers a mixture of dark humor, witty quips, and unsettling observations about the human psyche, Eagleman offers 40 short tales that explore the afterlife.

About the Author

DAVID EAGLEMAN grew up in New Mexico. As an undergraduate he majored in British and American Literature before earning his PhD in Neuroscience. He heads the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine, and is founder and director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. At night he writes fiction.

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David Einar, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by David Einar)
On the cover of my copy of Sum is the blurb "Read Sum and be amazed." I saw that and thought "Yeah, right." Then I started reading the book and yes, I was amazed. The stories are short but they pack a punch. They give you something to think about long after you've read them.
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seenorimagined, February 14, 2011 (view all comments by seenorimagined)
In the afterlife, you'll wish you had read more books like this one. I was intrigued after hearing the first story from this collection on RadioLab, and it doesn't disappoint! Not quite poetry, not quite sci-fi, and all brilliance, each incarnation of the afterlife that Eagleman imagines left me wishing only that there were more. It's so, so good.
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Kenneth, May 17, 2010 (view all comments by Kenneth)
Weird and wonderful observations. David Eagleman's ideas about the afterlife trigger readers' questions previously unformed or unconsidered. Mr. Eagleman will be in performance with Brian Eno later this month which makes this an excellent time to read his work.
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Eagleman, David
Vintage Books USA
Visionary & metaphysical
Visionary & Metaphysics
Metaphysics -- Fiction.
fiction;short stories;philosophy;afterlife;death;religion;neuroscience;fantasy;essays;god;metaphysics;non-fiction;stories;american literature;american;science
fiction;short stories;philosophy;afterlife;death;religion;essays;god;american literature;fantasy;neuroscience;s
tories;non-fiction;metaphysics;science fiction;science;american
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