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Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)

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Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)

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Author: Rachel Swirsky
Publisher: Subterranean Magazine / Online, 2014

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Mind Uploading
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Nebula-nominated Novella

"Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)" explores three narratives, all bound together: a young girl dying of cancer, her father the tinkerer who has built an artificial version of her to continue her life, and the artificial version--the "new child"--Ruth. It's a complex story about loss and survival, thickly woven with Jewish cultural context and history; while the whole "brain-map AI to continue the life of a dying person (or replace them)" trope itself isn't fresh, the dynamics of this family and their handling of it are.
(synopsis by Brit Mandelo at

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