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Cloning around

October 8, 2013

How would it feel if you suddenly found out that something you had taken for granted, your uniqueness, turned out to be a lie?  This is a premise which is explored in the the 7th son books by J C Hutchins. These thrillers explore ideas of individuality and shared histories surrounded by conspiracies, and corruption.

Freeleagus brothers, ca. 1929

Movie: The Island (Ewan MacGregor; Scarlett Johansson), and more recently Oblivion (Tom Cruise)

Being cloned could be seen as the ultimate #egoread.  You are yourself, but then so are others.

Amortals by Matt Forbeck has a different approach to clones.

“In the near future, scientists solve the problem of mortality by learning how to backup and restore a person’s memories into a vat-bred clone. When Secret Service agent Ronan “Methusaleh” Dooley is brutally murdered, he’s brought back from the dead one more time to hunt his killer, but this time those who wanted him dead are much closer to home.” This is an exciting book with conspiracies and lots of big questions being asked.

Movie: The 6th Day (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

These are books, and films, set on our own world.  The idea of clones is also explored by Lois McMaster Bujold in her Vorkosigan saga.  This series is set in other worlds which share some similarities with our own, and still have many differences.

There is much discussion about the scientific potential of cloning.  You can see examples from Scientific American and the Guardian.

Would you like Jurassic Park to be real? The Revive and Restore project is exploring the possibilities with more recent extinctions.

Is it about keeping the past alive (re-booting consciousness, or dinosaurs):

  • A sign of selfishness, because we don’t want to let go or deal with change?
  • A way to learn from our mistakes, as we re-visit all our embarrassing moments, both as individuals and collectively as nations and as humans?

Other Non-fiction #egoread titles:

Other #egoread movies:

Pam Langridge and Ellen Forsyth

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