An SUV barrels through a red light. A pedestrian is injured beyond recovery. As Nathan Simon lies dying in his hospital bed, a strange man in a gray suit admits him into a postmortem clinical trial. Nathan signs the form just before losing consciousness. He wakes up to find himself lying, paralyzed, in a meadow. One hundred years have passed, and Nathan is about to become a living exhibit for one of the world's most powerful biomedical firms.Fluke: Langara's Prize
is the debut novella by technology journalist Cyril Kowaliski. It explores the ethical and technological ramifications of a future where humans and their memories can be copied and reconstructed at will--and the companies offering the service are engaged in a vicious competitive struggle.