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An Audience for Einstein

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There is a fine line between scientific geniuses and mad scientists. Usually it is intent, but a villain is still the hero in their own story. Wakely focuses more on the ethical and philosophical terrains of a scientific pioneer rather than a characterization or a tale of malfeasance. Not quite as slick or heartwarming as Flowers of Algernon, but you do find yourself caught up in the story and continually questioning the motives of his unethical genius with righteous anger: just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.

Recommended for readers who enjoyed: Never Let Me Go, Elefant, Anyone

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the reading copy.
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Percival Marlowe is a brilliant scientist, but he's dying and his friend and neurosurgeon Carl Dorning decides to try a revolutionary method to save his mind, transplanting his memories into another body, a younger one. He chooses to use Miguel Sanchez, an eleven years old boy, whose mother is in rehab, his father is violent and he lives on the street. The promise of a good home, food and wealth lets him accept to be part of this experiment, without knowing or realizing he could lose himself forever to the professor Marlowe. Starts, this way, a battle for dominance in Miguel's brain, until the very shocking ending.

This short story is interesting and pose ethical and philosophical questions about life and mind. What would you do to live forever? Could you value one mind and person better and more useful that one other? Where should the science stop? Where is the ethical limit to a discovery? The ends justify means and so on.
The characters are well written and you can't not "pity" or try to understand poor Miguel and his life or the professor's desire to live, even though he grows to understand what he should do, becoming more mature and less selfish.
It was really a quick and pensive reading.
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