Every now and then a short story anthology entices me. With appealing subject matter and authors I appreciate, Clones is such an anthology.
Similar is not necessarily the same. Ten authors each put their own spin on this basic tenet. The stories are varied in their definitions of clones, their origins, their uses and in how they are viewed by others. The purpose of clones may be to re-define humanity, establish a new humanity or find humanity’s origin. I like some, but not all stories. Everyone will have their own favorites. I’ve chosen a couple of the stories that were my favorites in the collection to highlight here today.
All These Bodies by P.K. Tyler
In All These Bodies, the reader follows a clone while it wonders about what it sees happening. It seems to be increasing its awareness of its surroundings. At the same time, the clone has no idea that the increased awareness is significant. Or that its awareness actually increases. All These Bodies is a fascinating look inside an emerging mind of what could very well be a science-induced evolutionary step for its race.
B.E.G.I.N. by R.D. Brady
When Dr. Alice Leander’s theoretical approach to cloning comes to the attention of the government, she goes to work for the Biological Experiment of Genetic Interaction Nexus – B.E.G.I.N. While the actual cloning subject is not at all what she expected, Alice will do everything she can to make sure the project succeeds and the clone survives. Alice brings the human touch to the experiment when everyone else around her has an agenda. Of all the stories in this collection, B.E.G.I.N. is what I would consider to be the most robust. The character of Alice is well developed with a back story, a husband and a baby on the way. And there is no need to wonder about the government’s motivation behind the B.E.G.I.N. project, dealing with the increased alien presence in the US. B.E.G.I.N. introduces a story that I will be interested in following in Ms. Brady’s follow up novel A.L.I.V.E., anticipated later this year.
Other authors included in this anthology are: Rysa Walker, Daniel Arthur Smith, Susan Kaye Quinn, Samuel Peralta, Nathan M. Beauchamp, Hank Garner, Michael Patrick Hicks, and Joshua Ingle.
Clones: The Anthology invites the reader to examine the idea of recreating humanity in its own image. Good or bad. Right or wrong. Better or worse. Ten different authors. Ten very different stories. Good reading!
Clones: The Anthology will be released on May 24th, but you can pre-order now.
P.K. Tyler provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.