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The Luck & Death Library (LDL) exists to provide a centralized point of access to texts relevant to the topics dealt with in the novel Luck and Death at the Edge of the World.  It includes only materials that have already been made available for free on the internet by their copyright holders (see the Notice Regarding Copyright at the bottom of this page).

If you have materials to contribute, please contact me at nas@nassauhedron.com and provide either (a) verification that you are the copyright holder, or (b) a link to the web page where the text you are submitting originated so that I can verify that it is already available to the public without cost or restriction.

Scroll down for the downloads, categorized by topic.

“A great science fiction detective story” – Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine
Luck and Death at the Edge of the World

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Natural Consciousness in Artificial Bodies (Uploading) — Click Titles to Download Papers
Gat no longer lives in the body he was born with. Instead, he has a shell, a synthetic body into which his consciousness was uploaded when he joined the military to optimize certain aspects of his physical and mental performance. How fictional is this bit of science fiction? Read on.

Whole Brain Emulation, A Roadmap by Anders Sandberg and Nick Bostrom

Advantages of Artificial Intelligences, Uploads, and Digital Minds, by Kaj Sotala

Messy Bodies, From Cosmetic Surgery to Mind-Uploading, by Michael Hauskeller

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Military Robotics and Dogware — Click Titles to Download Papers
Max’s estate is guarded by a system of linked autonomous robotic sentries. Developed by the military, they’re designed to resemble dogs because of the near-universal human fear of dog attack. But autonomous military robotics are a feature of the real world.

Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots, by Human Rights Watch

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Secular Buddhism — Click Titles to Download Papers
Gat is a secular Buddhist, meaning that he has a dharma practice modeled on the principles  set out by Siddhārtha Gautama (often called the Buddha) but without any of the mysticism that has traditionally accompanied it. Like a lot of the background to Luck + Death, this part of the story comes from a real world phenomenon.

A Secular Buddhism, by Stephen Batchelor

The Coming of Secular Buddhism, A Synoptic View, by Winton Higgins

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Alan Turing — Click Titles to Download Papers
Alan, the A.I. in Luck + Death, has consciously modelled himself of Alan Turing, the pioneering scientist whose work helped turn the tide of World War II. He also laid much of the groundwork for the invention of the computer and  founded the discipline of artificial intelligence before just about anyone else treated the idea of thinking machines as anything other than fantasy. All before he died at age 41.

Computing Machinery and Intelligence, by Alan Turing

On Alan Turing and the Origins of Digital Computers, by B. Randell

Computational Intelligence, The Legacy of Alan Turing and John von Neumann, by Heinz Muhlenbein

Alan Turing papers

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Notice Regarding Copyright: The Luck & Death Library (LDL) exists to provide a centralized point of access to texts relevant to the topics dealt with in the novel Luck and Death at the Edge of the World that have been made available for free on the internet by their copyright holders.

All papers are reproduced exactly as provided by the copyright holder apart from cosmetic changes (for instance, the addition of a cover page), the insertion of a notice page setting out a version of this notice, and in some cases the electronic reformatting of the text to allow it to be read on different devices.

Nas Hedron and LDL provide these texts as a free service to anyone who wishes to extend their knowledge and in the spirit of public service.

If you believe that any text has been inadvertently placed in the LDL in error, or if you are a copyright holder and wish to have a paper removed from the LDL for any reason, despite its being available without charge elsewhere, please contact us immediately.  All requests that are verified to originate with a copyright holder will be honored.

Contact:  nas@nassauhedron.com

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