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Mental Ar (Playback by Arthur C. Clarke) 5 Months ago Karma: 36  
Playback by Arthur C. Clarke

Short Story summary:

40-year-old William Vincent Neuberg, "a master pilot of the Galactic Survey... born in Port Lowell, Mars, on August 21, 2095", had an accident somewhere in deep space. His ship was blown away, vaporizing him along with it. We don't know if there were any other crew or passengers.

But some aliens, obviously far off from the location of the accident, did his mind dump during these last moments. They were competent enough to have created his body & complete with its memories from this dump, only they have no idea of what kind of body he had; nothing from the body was saved.

The story is narrated by a simulation ("playback") of William's mind dump record. He is initially trying to feel his body parts, panicky when cannot find, ... eventually realizing he's just a simulation!

He begins communicating with the aliens via the playback machine's interface, describing what his body looked like so they can reincarnate him. Only it's an incomplete recording - something vital seems to have been missed when they made the record - his memory is confused, fading...


(Perhaps where Batman Beyond episode "Lost Soul" got its inspiration from. )
 
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Re:Mental Ar (Playback by Arthur C. Clarke) 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago Karma: -11  
Too bad this one is nearly impossible to obtain. I'd be interested in reading through it.
 
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Re:Mental Ar (Playback by Arthur C. Clarke) 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago Karma: 1  
https://archive.org/details/collectedstories00clar

With a free archive.org library card, you can. It's in his collected stories on page 855 and available at the above URL.
 
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Re:Mental Ar (Playback by Arthur C. Clarke) 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago Karma: -11  
Okay, got it. Honestly, took me longer to set up my account than to read it. "Short story" is certainly an understatement in this case. And it's only vaguely AR.
 
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