Sum

By David Eagleman,

Book cover of Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Book description

In the afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. Or you may find the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. In some afterlives you are split into all your different ages; in some you are recreated based on…

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2 authors picked Sum as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Awesomely creative think-piece. 40 very short fictional stories about what happens when you die. The framework is inspiring for anyone: coming up with 40 different answers to any one question. But they’re also just brilliant ideas and powerful little fables.

Named after the “I am” in cogito, ergo sum, this is a powerful parody of our concepts of time and turns time perception around in a big way. For example, it pictures an afterlife where one relives all previous experiences, but clumped together into long time slots, so that “you spend two months driving the street in front of your house, seven months having sex. You sleep for thirty years without opening your eyes. For five months straight you flip through magazines while sitting on a toilet.” And so on. The book is a great delight by one of the…

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