UPLOAD Free on Kindle 4/17 – 4/20!!!

Readers of the award-winning techno-thriller Upload are comparing it to Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp. To celebrate the April 17 release of the film, the Kindle edition of UPLOAD will be FREE 4/17 – 4/20.

Upload Kindle Edition*** UPLOAD Free on Kindle 4/17 – 4/20 ***

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For a lot of people watching Transcendence, it will be their first exposure to mental uploading and the Singularity. Intrigued by the concept of humanity ditching our biological bodies and moving into computers? If you’re excited — or scared — by what lies on our technological horizon, UPLOAD is a thought-provoking way to explore what this future might look like.

A winner of ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Award in Science Fiction, UPLOAD is the story of the first person to upload his mind into a computer, an unlikely hero in an all-too-plausible tale of transhumanism and the Singularity.

To find out more about the book, check it out on Goodreads or right here on the About the Book page.

If you’ve already read UPLOAD and are looking for a different perspective on the same topic, check out David T. Wolf’s Mindclone: When You’re a Brain Without a Body, Can You Still Be Called Human?, a more humorous take on mental uploading that’s been getting great reviews.

Looking For Books Like Transcendence?

TranscendenceIf you’re excited about Transcendence, and intrigued (or scared) by the concept of mind uploading, you should check out Upload.  It’s a smaller-scale, more realistic exploration of the concept of mental uploading, through the eyes of the first person to do it — a troubled young man with a criminal past, who plans to take advantage of his position on the Human Mind Upload Project to transfer his consciousness to a computer and escape into a digital utopia of his own creation.

“McClelland’s ambitious debut novel envisions a future in which the vanishing line between virtual reality and ‘organic life’ causes an antisocial genius to conduct the ultimate evolutionary experiment.” –Kirkus Indie

Upload on AmazonUpload grabbed my attention early on and wouldn’t let go… I loved the way that McClelland projected some of our current problems, on a quite feasible trajectory, into the future. We can all relate to this science fiction.”  –Richard Bunning, Author of Another Space in Time

“This book had me riveted from beginning to end. In Upload, Mark McClelland does what the best science fiction does. He gives the reader an intriguing world in which to consider the big questions, but doesn’t try to answer them directly. Through the main character, Raymond, we explore consciousness and conscience, identity and agency, reality and virtuality. Exquisitely well written and edited, this is a book I’ll come back to again.” – Goodreads review

More information available on Goodreads and Amazon, or right here in the About the Book section.

Personal Challenge: Draft of Next Book Complete By December 31

Today, on my 43 Things profile, I set a personal challenge for myself: to complete the first draft of my next book by the end of the year.  If I fail to achieve my goal, I will give up all non-work-related Internet access for three months.  This seemed like a fitting consequence, given that the most likely thing to distract me from my objective is the Internet.

So, if you enjoyed Upload and you’re hoping for a sequel, get yourself a 43 Things account and cheer me on!

“Chicago Science Fiction Author Releases ‘Upload’”

Very exciting to get a little local media attention from WBBM Newsradio, here in Chicago:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/04/13/chicago-science-fiction-author-releases-upload/

Thanks to Terry Keshner for interviewing me and getting me some Chicago airtime!

It’s fun to hear myself as the guy-on-the-phone in a radio interview. Although this just aired today, at the time it was recorded it was actually my first audio interview, and I was nervous as hell.

Interview On Good Mornings! with Chris Oaks, WFIN-AM

Upload on Good MorningsIt’s up! Check out my radio interview on Good Mornings! with Chris Oaks: http://www.goodmornings.net/download/audio/0329-7a.mp3

It starts about a minute 38 seconds in, and runs roughly eleven minutes. You’ll know it’s coming when you hear the musical lead-in: Gordon Lightfoot singing, “If you could read my mind”. (Now I’ve got that song stuck in my head.)

A big thank-you to Chris for having me on the show. He did a great job framing the conversation and moving it along fluidly — clearly a pro.

I’m also thrilled to see that the interview is prominently featured today on the WFIN-AM home page (http://www.wfin.com/) and the Good Mornings! program page (http://wfin.com/morning/mornings.asp).