Kiln People

Kiln People

Book - 2003
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In a perilous future where disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every legal and illicit whim of their decadent masters, life is cheap. No one knows that better than Albert Morris, a brash investigator with a knack for trouble, who has sent his own duplicates into deadly peril more times than he cares to remember.

But when Morris takes on a ring of bootleggers making illegal copies of a famous actress, he stumbles upon a secret so explosive it has incited open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.

Dr. Yosil Maharal, a brilliant researcher in artificial intelligence, has suddenly vanished, just as he is on the verge of a revolutionary scientific breakthrough. Maharal's daughter, Ritu, believes he has been kidnapped-or worse. Aeneas Polom, a reclusive trillionaire who appears in public only through his high-priced platinum duplicates, offers Morris unlimited resources to locate Maharal before his awesome discovery falls into the wrong hands.

To uncover the truth, Morris must enter a shadowy, nightmare world of ghosts and golems where nothing -and no one-is what they seem, memory itself is suspect, and the line between life and death may no longer exist.

David Brin's Kiln People is a 2003 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003
ISBN: 9780765342614
0765342618

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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... Read More »


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HelloWorld77
Aug 20, 2010

As interesting as the ideas were, I could never suspend my disbelief that the technology to duplicate a person into a golem of clay would ever exist.

It made for a hard read because of it.

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Dekker500
Jan 14, 2010

Once you accept the book's underlying premise, it's an interesting read that explores the concept in almost every permutation.

Beware of some bad puns spread throughout the book, thanks to the nomenclature used for these clones. A light-hearted read in many respects.

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