I wrote a hard sci-fi novel about teleportation
June 3, 2017 7:17 AM   Subscribe

I wrote a hard sci-fi novel about teleportation
I didn't want to post about it earlier because it might have been construed as crowdfunding. I wrote a hard science fiction novel about a man who inadvertently gets duplicated while teleporting (the en vogue method of transport in the mid-22nd century). The book is called The Punch Escrow, and it won the Geek & Sundry hard sci-fi contest on Inkshares. It's getting published July 25 and the movie rights have been optioned by Lionsgate.

I'd love to have some fellow mefites read an advance e-reader copy gratis because I love yous. Let me know if interested.
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posted by analogue (30 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Congrats! Always happy to read crunchy hard sf :)
posted by pharm at 10:42 AM on June 3 [1 favorite]


Also, let me you know if you'd prefer epub, mobi, or pdf.
posted by analogue at 11:07 AM on June 3


Hi analogue, I'd love to read a copy (pdf). Great hard sci-fi is rare and escrow sounds really intriguing.
posted by unearthed at 1:05 AM on June 4 [1 favorite]


Unearthed - a link has been delivered to your mefi inbox!
posted by analogue at 7:27 AM on June 4


Oh wow this sounds great. I would love to read it too if possible (epub).
posted by Literaryhero at 9:28 AM on June 4 [1 favorite]


I would love to read it. Any mobi or epub suit me fine!
posted by conifer at 11:14 AM on June 4 [1 favorite]


conifer and Literaryhero, check your mefi mail, for you have both "been served" :)
posted by analogue at 11:29 AM on June 4


Wow, cograts! I'd love a mobi copy also!
posted by Burhanistan at 12:18 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


I, too, would like to read this. epub preferred.
posted by Tabitha Someday at 12:31 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


Wow, congrats. I'd love to read it. Thanks!
posted by askmehow at 6:38 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


Sign me up for an epub too, please. Congratulations.
posted by roue at 8:07 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


Congratulations! That's fantastic. I've been stuck in a rut readingwise and need some new authors, so something new and exciting sounds good. An .epub for me, please!
posted by Gotanda at 8:49 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


Good gracious. Published, prize-winning and optioned! I would love an epub so I can say that I was in on it before it was...well, it's already cool, but you know what I mean.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 9:46 PM on June 4 [1 favorite]


Burhanistan, obiwanwasabi, Gotanda, roue, Tabitha Someday, and askmehow - you are all sorted! Check your mefi mail.
posted by analogue at 5:13 AM on June 5


Excited to read this! (no need to send me a link, I ordered a copy :D )
posted by solotoro at 9:43 AM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Congratulations! The description on IndieBound sounds amazing. I would love a mobi copy if you're still offering. If it's good enough for the Marketplace/Codebreaker guy then it's good enough for me.
posted by Flannery Culp at 3:46 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Thank you solotoro! If you'd like to read it before it's published on the 25th, I'd still be happy to send you the e-galley.

Flannery Culp: Check your mefi mail!
posted by analogue at 4:18 AM on June 6


(25th of July, that is)
posted by analogue at 4:28 AM on June 6


Yes, congrats! I'd love a pdf, if the offer's still open.
posted by XMLicious at 4:01 PM on June 6


Sure thing, XMLicious. Check your mefi mail.
posted by analogue at 12:10 AM on June 7


I too would love to read (an epub version) this. My wife (a philosopher) and I have a long running dispute re: teleportation.
It's a slight twist on the classic argument (which you'll no doubt have heard).

She argues that if a teleporter takes you apart atom by atom and then reassembles you at the other end indistinguishable from before that means you have been killed and something else has taken your place.
I argue that the something else is in actual fact you, so you have not been killed.
So far so standard.
The twist is that I would argue that her position means she is arguing for some kind of incorporeal "stuff" that means that you are no longer actually you. (i.e. her position presupposes a soul) She argues that it does not. That the noncontinuity of your form, (no matter how infinitesimal) is enough to render the teleported you a different entity.
It tends to get into the weeds a bit from there on. Ships are theseus-ed, cognitos are ergo summed etc.
I think it's so far our only non resolved disagreement. (though she may disagree with me about that)

In summary, can I read your cool book please.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:40 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Wow, that is incredible news, analogue--congratulations! If you are still giving away copies, I would love a mobi version!
posted by Defying Gravity at 6:51 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Whoa, I should check Projects more often. Congrats! Super-congrats, even. I'd love a mobi copy if you're still feeling magnanimous.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:33 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Just this guy, y'know: Boy is this book ideal for you and your wife. It definitely delves very, very deeply into your debate. Please share the book with her. I'd love to have a skype chat with you both after you've read the book to see where you'd landed and whether either of your positions had changed. Without risking any spoilers, if you ask me to explore the philosophical answer to your question, I believe in "Cogito ergo sum" Descartes meant "we think therefore we are" not "I think therefore I am." The reason that's an important distinction — provided we solve for the scientific hurdles of teleportation such that the person who comes out is the molecularly the same as the person who went in — is because it becomes an anthropological thesis rather than a philosophical one. What I mean is that the existence of any one is the onus of the many. One example that comes to mind is of a person in jail who did not commit a crime. Despite her innocence (which she knows), she remains a criminal until society deems her innocent. Thus it stands to reason (IMHO) that the person who came out of the teleporter is the same so far as society deems them to be the same.

That said, the book is now in your mefi inbox. Same goes for you, Defying Gravity and uncleozzy.
posted by analogue at 8:33 AM on June 8 [3 favorites]


oh! Congratulations!

Can I read it in mobi?

Awesome!
posted by dreamling at 11:36 AM on June 8 [1 favorite]


Okay dreamling, en route to your mefi inbox! If anyone else wants a copy please send me mefi mail (vs asking in the comments), just easier to manage that way.
posted by analogue at 4:58 AM on June 9


This discussion has slightly reignited the argument, it has so far culminated in one or other of the parties declaring..

"That's not how soup works!"

So you can see it's a convoluted and spirited discussion.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:40 PM on June 9 [1 favorite]


That's why I want you and her to read the book and for us three to then debate it :)
posted by analogue at 4:33 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]


I'd love an advance copy. How cool! Mobi is best for me.
posted by joannemerriam at 11:03 AM on June 17


Fabulous news!

Mobi me?
posted by notyou at 7:18 AM on June 20


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