Post by James Nicoll Post by Amicus Brevis
Just about everyone who has read sci fi knows about C J Cherry's _Cyteen_.
But I recall reading another very enjoyable story about a man determined to
avenge his death - and no, I am not talking about the book by Richard K
Morgan. This is a much older story. At least 40 years old. That is all I
can remember. But it would be nice to hear about any book with that
It's not 40 years old but Walter Jon Williams' Voice of the Whirlwind? Man
wakes up to learn he is a clone with taped memories years out of date.
Someone murdered his original and the clone sets out to learn why.
Expanding on that, there's Vance's _To Live Forever._ The human
race consists of the inhabitants of a city, whose population
consistst of two classes: an individual can chose which to be
(but no backsies).
There are those who hope to have a chance at living forever, and
they strive to become famous/magnificently accomplished/worthy of
immortality. If they succeed in maintaining their "slope" for a
period of years, they are admitted to the society of the
immortals; they're given a set of clones who go into hibernation
until/unless the current clone maintaining the personality dies,
whereupon the next clone takes his/her place. The original
usually suicides once the population of clones is established.
If anyone doesn't achieve sufficient slope, one day he is visited
by his assassin.
Or, there are those who choose to live their lives au naturel, as
it were, living until they die of natural causes.
I'm not going to go into the plot.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com