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The Me Clone by Gene Keyes

 

How would you like a clone of yourself? Mind; memory; ego; everything: a complete spare copy. Sounds like fun; but there might be complications as well.

You are Donald North, 46; obscure part-time history prof. An old Harvard classmate, now a bio-tech celebrity, makes an offhand offer at a party to clone you double-quick. It’s a put-on, so you agree.

Two weeks later, he introduces you to yourself.

What do you say to the guy? How can you believe it? Where did he come from?

Which of you is more surprised? Which one is the original?

How do you cope—both of you? Will you live under the same roof? Share the same job? Are two heads better than one? What if a girlfriend enters the picture?

Did you really want to see yourself as others see you? Who’s in charge here? And will the real me please sit down?

We meet quite an odd couple in The Me Clone. Donald North learns more about himself than he wanted to know. But he also relearns some ancient truths about self itself.


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Listed: May 7, 2009

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can a story be overintellectualized?

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jul 8, 2009: This should be an interesting topic for a story. Maybe the over explanation of the concept in the prologue was a warning sign. The author has clearly thought this out carefully, but, as a result, may have overintellectualized it at the expense of story elements.

Technically, there’s nothing to reproach in terms of sentence structure, grammar, etc, but, in the end, the story didn’t hold my interest. After some initial disbelief and surprise, life as a cloned pair for Donald North times two is unfolding fairly sedately. The chapters are mainly made up of intellectual discussions between the characters, hashing over what MAY happen, rather than the plot being used to show us something actually happening. Several chapters in, the biggest debate for the new pair of clones was still what to call each other. This is where I stopped reading; so the story may eventually reward those with more patience.

As a point of interest, this may be the only story on Web Fiction Guide that is presented bilingually in both English and Esperanto – the international language that was designed with the ideal of everyone communicating on an equal level.

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