The Death Trip

Rated 4.50/5 based on 10 reviews
The Simulated Life Elapsed Experience Process aka The Death Trip -- "comfort care for the dying" or something more nefarious? After the death of his beloved grandmother, Chuck decides to investigate. He soon finds himself torn between two women -- the activist who suspects a dark agenda and the beautiful MD who helped create create the process. More
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Paul Collis reviewed on Jan. 30, 2013

In a similar speculative vein as 'Brave New World', Soylent Green and Never Let Me Go, 'Death Trip' concerns itself with the moral and ethical questions of corporate medicine, government control and over-population. For those who consider such tales as impossibly far fetched, I offer these recent (January 2013) headlines: 'Amgen gets a [$500m] gift from Congress' (NYT) and 'Japan To Elderly: Gov’t Is Paying Your Healthcare, ‘Hurry Up And Die’ ' (Fox).
Ms. Stein's cast of characters is colorful, and their respective points of view are well researched. I really enjoyed this intriguing novella.
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bonzi reviewed on Aug. 23, 2011

The first half of this story reads like an early Greg Egan, posing questions on topics ranging from the nature of our experiences, ethics of euthanasia to politics of drug control. Despite some part of exposition being somewhat flat, mostly delivered through monologues, the reader does get drawn into considering those problems*. The end, sadly, devolves into a plain vanilla cloak and dagger story of megalomania and corporate greed, but does leave the protagonist, and the reader with him, with a tough if a touch contrived dilemma.

I did not have problems with slightly uneven pacing of the narrative. The plot does hinge too much on coincidences, but the characters are believable, reasonably well developed within the confines of the short form, and mostly free from stereotypes.

I certainly hope Ms. Stein will provide us with a full length collection of works in this vein soon.

*) As Edwin Schlossberg said, "The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think."
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Jayson Kerrick reviewed on Aug. 25, 2010

I was enjoying the story, even with the continual political jabs, which admittedly did date it considerably, but then...
it climaxed and ended a'la "The Lady or the Tiger?"
Very disappointing.
It felt contrived, like the whole story had been a waste of my energy reading it.
Too bad, I really enjoyed it up until the "end."
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GraceKrispy reviewed on Aug. 1, 2010

What a thrilling ride that challenges your idea of what constitutes life and death! At the end, you're left wondering, and thinking about your own ideals and mortality. I was debating between 4 and 5 stars, and I think the ending and the original plotline make it 5 star worthy.
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benNaftali reviewed on July 18, 2010

I was skeptical at first, because there is a lot of bad sci-fi out there, but she nails it. It is funny, witty, wry, with great characters, and a true-to-life ending which really brings home tough moral ambiguities. Seriously, like something Graham Greene would write if he wrote sci-fi.
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A. J. Braithwaite reviewed on April 4, 2010

A chilling premise and a well-constructed tale. I liked the side reflections on the nature of attraction and affection. A gripping read.
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C Koeber reviewed on Dec. 1, 2009

Excellent story on a compelling subject. The story is eerily believable, and the author clearly has a solid knowledge of end of life dilemma. I have worked in the hospice field for many, many years and found this book riveting, funny and poignant. Not usually a sci-fi fan, but thoroughly enjoyed this. Five stars!
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PD Allen reviewed on Nov. 20, 2009

Grim story, the last third is pretty intense. The author has developed some intriguing ideas about medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumer culture. She has an adequate knowledge of pharmacology and ethnobotanics. I love a good corporate conspiracy, and this one is very well-done, making possible some interesting statements about the modern world in which we live. The ending presents the main character with a tremendous dilemma.
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Shayne Parkinson reviewed on Nov. 17, 2009

Speculative fiction that's disturbingly credible, with an exploration of philosophical and ethical issues that are genuinely thought-provoking. And the ending is very clever.
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xhema reviewed on Nov. 17, 2009

I am somewhat an avid dystopian sci-fi reader and this is funny, well written and has a surprising ending. And the thing is, I can see it happening today.
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