What if you could replace every neuron in your brain with an exact duplicate, but instead of a nerve cell made of flesh, it was made of silicon? Every dendrite, every synapse would be replaced with an identically functioning quantum computer. Would “you” still be “YOU”? If not, at what point do you stop being a person and simply become a computer that emulates a person?
What if you were a spiritual person while your brain was flesh and blood? Would you still be spiritual after you were turned into a collection of computers? Would you still consider yourself to have a soul? Some people during extreme trauma have had near death experiences and claim to have seen God. What if you met God as your mind was being transcribed to silicon? Would your spiritual experience be any less valid than anyone else’s?
These are some of the questions raised in “Ship of Theseus”. Ralph Chalmers is killed in a automobile accident and has his brain transcribed to a computer. During the process, he has a meeting with God who tells him to go among the other Transcribed and return his flock to him. Ralph faces a number of difficulties from his family and a society that has not quite caught up with the technological revolution that can eliminate death but at a terrible cost.
Sandra Wagner has spent her forty-year career working with computers. She has worked on all types of computers, from multi-ton mainframes to the smallest digital controllers. She considers herself an Uber-Geek and has found creation of software as creative and engaging a career as writing. Writing software requires forethought, creativity of logic, and how to work within constraints. Writing stories have much in common with those requirements. She has found creative outlet in writing, acting, and drawing. When not on stage at the theatre, she writes stories.
“Ship of Theseus” is her first novel length story. Others are in the works.