Benjamin Crowell. The Pass. (Asimovs March 2012)

With most of humanity having opted for a digital upload to an alien-provided nirvana/rapture, only a few small communities remain. The story follows a teenage girl as she is re-united with her long-lost father, only to have him choose a digital future, then attempts to understand more about the world in which they now live with friends.

It’s not entirely successful, with the friends attempts to interrogate a computer being relayed in rather too much detail, and, with a lot of knowledge lost, their detailed knowledge of ethical discussions between Blaise Pascal and Terry Pratchett doesn’t quite ring true.

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