Just about everyone's had a day when they've wished it were possible to send an alternate self to take care of unpleasant or tedious errands while the real self takes it easy. In Kiln People , David Brin's sci-fi-meets-noir novel, this wish has come true. In Brin's imagined future, folks are able to make inexpensive, disposable clay copies of themselves.
These golems or "dittos" live for a single day to serve their creator, who can then choose whether or not to "inload" the memories of the ditto's brief life. But private investigator Albert Morris gets more than he, or his "ditective" copies, bargain for when he signs on to help solve the mysterious disappearance of Universal Kilns' co-founder Yasil Maharal--the father of dittotech. Brin successfully interweaves plot lines as numerous as our hero's ditectives and doggedly sticks to the rules of his created dittotech while Morris's "realflesh" and clay manifestations slowly unravel the dangerous secret behind Maharal's disappearance.
As Brin juggles his multiple protagonists and antagonists, he urges the reader to question notions of memory, individualism, and technology, and to answer the schizoid question "which 'you' is 'you? Overall, Kiln People is a fun read, with a good balance of hard science fiction and pop sensibility.
David Brin is the author of more than a dozen novels, including six volumes in his award-winning Uplift saga, as well as two short story collections and a nonfiction work, The Transparent Society , about privacy in the electronic age. Brin was a fellow at the California Space Institute and at the Jet Propulsion Lab, studying spacecraft design, cometary physics, and analyses of the likelihood of life in the universe.
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We may ship the books from Asian regions for inventory purpose. Clarke Award Winners and Shortlisted Books Books Read in No current Talk conversations about this book. Taking the idea of being able to be in more than one place at the same time, this book is definitely different. Optimist Aug 22, A non-stop thrilling ride into a scary future. Status Brin, David — primary author all editions confirmed Burns, Jim Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed Pedone, Michelle Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Albert Morris.
Clara Gonzalez. Clarke Award Shortlist Hugo Nominee John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist For Poul Anderson, who explored for all of us, making the future fun It's hard to stay cordial while fighting for your life, even when your life doesn't amount to much.
Even when you're just a lump of clay. Even in the old days it was normal to wonder, now and then, if you were real. At least it was normal for zen masters and college sophomores. Now, the thought can strike you in the middle of a busy day. Running errands and doing business, you actually lose track of which table you got up from that morning. You can't help checking, lifting a hand to glance at the color, or giving the flesh a quick pinch.
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