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Kiln People (Kiln, Bk 1)
Kiln People - Kiln, Bk 1
Author: David Brin
In a perilous future, disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every citizen's legal and illicit whim. Life as a 24-hour "ditto" is cheap, as Albert Morris knows. A brash investigator with a knack for trouble, he's sent plenty of clay duplicates into deadly peril, then "inloaded" memories from copies that were shot, crushe...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780765342614
ISBN-10: 0765342618
Publication Date: 1/20/2003
Pages: 576
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3.8 stars, based on 55 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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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?'" Brin's enjoyment is evident as he plays with his terracotta creations' existential angst and simultaneously deconstructs the familiar streetwise detective meme--complete with a multilayered ending. Overall, Kiln People is a fun read, with a good balance of hard science fiction and pop sensibility.
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I love David Brin. This is an interesting take on future where we solve not having enough time by making temporary copies of ourselves. Cool Sci-fi.
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This book was a little slow to start, but it was a story that really drew me in. I must admit I skimmed parts toward the end that were all the "techno mumbo-jumbo" of the "science."
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I was hoping for something along the lines of his Uplift tales. This is VERY different . . . A fast moving tale of a future earth with disposable people.
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In the future, people are able to implant their memories in clone-like copies of themselves. They then send these copies (dittos) to do errands they do not want to do themselves. Copies are programmed to only live a day and have their memories downloaded back into the original person- but someone is changing the rules....

This is without a doubt a 5 star book. I'm not that into science fiction but I LOVED this one. The writing is not hard to understand like many sci fi books. You really care about the characters, even the ones who are short lived "dittos" and the mystery keeps you guessing until the end.


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