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OK, except do these authors not realise how offensive that is? Have they not noticed that we HAVE human clones already? But it still feels weird to me, making a SF novel out of a very common and unremarkable condition. Like Like.
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Redhead January 5, at pm. This sounds so good. Right up my alley.
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Wise 1 A. Friedman 1 C. Anderson 2 C. Beam Piper 3 H. Arnold 1 H. It's about that fine balance between contributing to society and living up to such responsibility versus carrying out individual tasks of self-promotion and self-improvement. The balance between a tightly controlled group and the freedom for creative thought and independent action. Ultimately the novel ask the question - can we still call ourselves human without individuality?
There are also themes of family, abuse of power and most especially that of nature versus nurture; are we a product of our environment or our genetic heritage? Character development is handled well, especially given that a large number of the cast are faceless clones.
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You do however need to suspend your disbelief a little with some of the scientific aspects. One such aspect of note is the absence of bees - which we now know would lead to the disappearance of a wide range of plants and yet doesn't seem to cause such problems here. This is something that is easier to accept when you realise the book was written over 40 years ago. The authors prose is fluid, wonderfully nuanced and atmospheric.
The technology in the community is failing, especially the technology which allows the cloning new members of the community. A mixed group of single members from various clone groups is deemed necessary to have the skills needed to accomplish the mission. The final part of the book focuses on Mark. The illicit child of Molly and one of the other members of the expedition to Washington, he is the only individual in the community of clones and is utterly alien to them. However, the clones show a distinct lack of imagination and ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Fortunately, the single individual Mark has no such problems, and so an uneasy relationship is developed, but one that cannot last forever. Are they always in opposition? What good is the individual and individuality to a community? This theme is tied up with ideas of isolation and estrangement as characters in all three time periods come to terms with the boundaries of their community, and cross them.
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The novel introduces a number of ideas even as it deeply explores the themes revolving around individuality versus collective good. The clones have difficulty being apart from each other and, furthermore, have a limited sort of E. Tales of twins being able to know what each other is thinking is explored here and formalized as an ability of the clone groups. While animals do not do well, the plant kingdom makes out very well in this apocalypse.