The Second Trip Author:Robert Silverberg The doctors pumped him full of memory-dissolving drugs until every bit of him was washed away and all that remained was a kind of zombie in a healthy, empty body. Then they built a new, artificial personality with a complete set of memories from a past that had never existed. When the long process of Rehabilitation was finally completed, he was... more » renamed Paul Macy and released to begin his second trip through life...
May, 2011. As Paul Macy walked down the street, he couldn't suppress the feeling that everybody was looking at him. After all, he wore the Rehab badge on his lapel, a glittering bit of yellow metal advertising his status as a reconstruct job. The badge warned people that he was something special, and anyone who recognized his face would remember the series of sensational crimes committed by his former self, Nat Hamlin. Hamlin had been the word's most famous psychosculpter, but after being sentenced to Rehabilitation, his personality had been extinguished. Now, the great artist existed only through his works, like Mozart or Michelangelo.
The doctors had assured Macy that it was impossible for his old personality to reassert itself, but they couldn't foresee the shattering consequences of his accidental meeting with Lissa Moore, Hamlin's former model and mistress. Unfortunately, her very presence stirred the monster that was only sleeping in Macy's mind.
"Hello, Paul. This is Nat, your twin brother," whispered the small, but distinct voice inside his head. The reawakened Hamlin would stop at nothing to regain control of his body. And in the terrifying struggles that follow, Macy finds himself locked in mortal combat against all the malevolent forces of Hamlin's psychotic personality.« less