|Kiln People (2002) [Novel]|
by David Brin
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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 were shot, crushed, drowned...all part of a day's work.
But when Morris tackles a ring of crooks making bootleg copies of a famous actress, he trips into a secret so explosive it incites open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.
Profesor Maharal, a brilliant researcher, has vanished on the verge of a revolutionary breakthrough in the art of people-xeroxing. Maharals daughter thinks he's been kidnapped, and the silvery copy of a mysterious trillionaire offers lavish rewards for lovating Maharal--before awesome power falls into the wrong hands.
To uncover the truth, Morris sends one ditto after another...then his irreplaceable organic self...into a high-tech, 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.
Original title: Kiln People
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Mystery and Detectives
- Known as 'Kil'n People' in the UK