We haven’t worked out how to be moral when we make human clones. Make them Should clones be treated the same as “normal” people? How do we teach them? There are people who are illegal clones. How do you deal with an illegal clone?
by Mur Lafferty – 2017
Maria Arena wakes up in a cloning vat that has dried blood on it. She doesn’t remember how she died. This is new. Before, when she woke up as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died when she was younger.
In her vat is a clone of someone on the starship Dormire, and it is one of seven. Each one holds a clone of one of the crew members. Clones have to wait for their predecessor to die before they can start living again. And a lot of clones are waking up, which means there’s a killer on the loose.
The Iron Dream
by Norman Spinrad – 1972
The Lord of the Swastika is a pulp, post-apocalyptic science fiction action story that isn’t very good. Adolf Hitler wrote this story in an alternate history, where he moved from Germany to the United States in 1919 after the Great War. He used his limited artistic skills to become a pulp-science fiction illustrator and then an author of lurid, purple-prose adventure stories that were disguised as science fiction.
You understand all that? Really? In that case, I’ll need your help.
When we read the book “seriously,” we have to think about our moral assumptions, our ideas of heroism, our desire to lead or be led, and our righteous wars.
It was science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin who said this.
The Fifth Head of Cerberus
by Gene Wolfe – 1972
St. Anne and St. Croix, two sisters planets far away from Earth, dance around each other in a never-ending circle. It is said that a race of shape-shifters lived here, but they died out when men came. But one man thinks that they can still be found somewhere in the back of the afterlife.
In this book, Wolfe tells three stories: the son of a mad genius learns about his hideous heritage; a young man searches for his dark side; and a scientist is held captive in a nightmare for a long, long time (this is the story with clones). These stories show things about this strange and savage alien landscape that you didn’t know.
“SF for the reader who thinks.” The style is very well-read and the ideas are sophisticated and handled with care.
Those SF movies are great.
Great North Road
by Peter F. Hamilton – 2012
This means that humans have found a way to solve their energy problems, clean up the environment, and build far-away colony worlds. The powerful North family, which is made up of generations of clones, owns the keys to this empire. Yet, these clones are not the same. Gene mutations have made their way into each new generation. Because the original three clone “brothers” have gone their separate ways, the branches of the family are now more like friendly rivals than allies, and they fight more than work together.
Not so friendly, maybe? In the English city of Newcastle, a North clone was killed. That’s what Detective Sidney Hurst thinks after the murder. Sid would love nothing more than to give this case to someone else. There are enough people who don’t like him, whether he solves the crime or not.
Sid now has to make his way through a minefield of competing interests in the police department and the world’s political and economic elite. All the while, they are looking for a killer who is ready to strike again.
“A great way to learn about Hamilton’s skills for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling.”
List of books (starred review)
by Michael Marshall Smith – 1996
It’s dangerous to be around Jack Randall because he’s been through a war that was very bad. For the last five years, he’s been hiding out on a Spares Farm, where he’s been protecting people who have been in prison since birth. People who own them will do everything they can to get them back. Now he’s on the run with seven inmates (well, six and a half). A cold-blooded killer has one goal: to get rid of Jack once and for all. What does Jack have to decide? Keep running or even the score Either way, it’s going to be bad. The kind of bad that most people run away from,
“An addictive mix of hard-boiled story and hardware invention.”
It says: — Publishers Weekly
Brothers in Arms
by Lois McMaster Bujold – 1989
It was very dangerous for Miles Vorkosigan to break out of prison in Borders of Infinity. He is now on the run from the Cetagandans, who won’t let him do that again. Miles and his friends start to see double even though they have good vision. It takes a long time to figure out who did it.
It is the eighth book in the Vorkosigan Saga Series, which has been going on for a very long time now.
The Ghost Brigades
by John Scalzi – 2006
People are much more at risk in this sequel to Old Man’s War, which was a huge hit. To stop us from going into space, three races that we’ve fought with before have joined together to stop us Turncoat military scientist Charles Boutin is their main point. He knows the Colonial Defense Forces’ most important military secrets. Find out why Boutin did what he did to win.
Jared Dirac is the only person who can help. He is a superhuman hybrid made from Boutin’s DNA, and his brain should be able to access Boutin’s electronic memories. That doesn’t seem to work, so the Ghost Brigades give Jared to the Ghost Brigades.
At first, Jared is a perfect soldier. As Boutin’s memories start to come back, Jared can figure out why Boutin betrayed him. In the middle of Jared’s search for his “father,” he also has to come to terms with his own decisions. As the alliance prepares its offensive, time is running out. Some of the people in the alliance want to do more bad things than just defeat humanity with weapons.
The Boys from Brazil
by Ira Levin – 1976
Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele is alive and hiding in South America, but he has a horrible plan. He wants to build the Fourth Reich. This is what happened to young investigative journalist Barry Kohler. He told a well-known Nazi hunter, but before he could give him all the proof, Kohler was killed.
What Lieberman needs to find out is why Mengele has chosen a group of harmless, old men to be killed. He also needs to find out why six former SS men were sent from South America to kill them. What must Lieberman do? He must answer these questions and stop the killings, even though he is getting older and some people think he is losing his sense of reality.