Is the simulation of a sentient being the same thing as a sentient being? 

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Six 

BEYOND THE TATTERED VEIL OF STARS by Mercurio D. Rivera

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A scientist has created a simulation of Earth where mammals did not end up as the dominant species. She uses the sentient amphibians of that Earth to solve planetary problems. The amphibians are not happy with the suffering their gods impose on them. Do they have rights or are their lives irrelevant? And other fascinating questions. Loved it. 

Mercurio D. Rivera’s short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and won readers’ awards for Asimov’s and Interzone magazines. […]

You can find him online at mercuriorivera.com.

2 thoughts on “Is the simulation of a sentient being the same thing as a sentient being? 

  1. What a mindboggling theme! I have come across books where the players think they are in a game but smack in the middle someone throws a real life predator and it’s no longer a game. Or books where the principle is, if you think something is true, the power of belief can make it true. But this one is a whole new level.

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    1. Part of the story:
      “Have you heard of the Simulation Hypothesis?” He shook his head. “It’s the theory that everything we experience as reality is, in fact, an illusion. That we’re living in a simulated universe, a computer program run by a super-advanced civilization.”

      Reminded me of The Matrix. But here it‘s actually more complicated.

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