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Kiln People (The Kiln Books) (2002)

by David Brin

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Al Morris is a private investigator. Actually, he's lots of private investigators. For he lives in a world in which every person, every day, can be in any number of places at the same time. It's the world of dittos. It is our world. Welcome to the future. In a business where information is the currency, Al's dittos are loaded. And with a number of cases on the go at once, it is crucial that Al keeps track of what's going on. What he doesn't know is that he is about to be drawn into a plot that could throw this delicately balanced world into chaos. It seems that the technology has been developed for dittos to replicate themselves. It seems that real people may no longer be necessary. And, suddenly, it seems that mankind's dream of immortality could turn into a nightmare. Look out for more information about this book and others at www.orbitbooks.co.uk… (more)
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    Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: Similar idea about transposable conciousness, and the corruption this can endevour in those with the money/power to exploit it.
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    Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan (grizzly.anderson)
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Taking the idea of being able to be in more than one place at the same time, this book is definitely different ( )
  Eternal.Optimist | Aug 22, 2018 |
Started out as an action/detective novel, but got very bogged down in Part 3--in fact, I just skimmed most of that. It became boring waiting for the dittoed aspects of the detective to all get together & do whatever they were going to do. Especially boring because the "mad scientist" character kept blathering on about his theory.
Reading The Golem by Isaac Bashevis Singer will give you referrant background for this tale of clones made from clay.
Not worth keeping this book. I picked up this book because I was curious how many ways he could indicate a photocopying process without using a brand name (the jacket blurb did use 'Xerox'). ( )
  juniperSun | Aug 1, 2018 |
I'm rather torn about how to rate this book, and feel that it really rates about 2-1/2.
The concepts introduced are really quite interesting. It is adequately written.
But for me it just doesn't gel into a coherent whole. Maybe because it focuses on emo talk-talk between the characters rather than truly exploring the concepts put forth. So, overall it is an OK read by a decent author, but it fails to truly grab the reader's interest. ( )
  briangreiner | Sep 16, 2017 |
This was a GREAT book. Fans of [b:Snow Crash|830|Snow Crash|Neal Stephenson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1157396730s/830.jpg|493634] or Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon would love this, too. Albert is a detective in a world where "dittoing" - making copies of yourself - makes the world turn. Instead of working, people make copies of themselves (different color golems = different skills and different prices) to do their work for them - a green to wash your toilets and run errands, an ebony to do very detail oriented tasks, etc. War is run much like a football game, only with even more expendable players.

Good ole Albert gets caught up in a twisted game of betrayal and technological advancement when he's hired to investigate the apparent murder of a scientist involved with dittoing technology. What a whirlwind! A great SF-noir book, with clever puns and just the right kind of irreverence. Highly recommended! ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
A non-stop thrilling ride into a scary future. As hard sci-fi goes, Brin can get caught up in details and/or background as a rule, but this book flows well. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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For Poul Anderson, who explored for all of us, making the future fun.... ...and Greg Bear, who takes on every shadow, with edge... ...and Gregory Benford, who delves stark beauty in the dark ocean of night... ...all of them shamans by the campfire. Indispensable.
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It's hard to stay cordial while fighting for your life, even when your life doesn't amount to much. Even when you're just a lump of clay.
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Even in the old days it was normal to wonder, now and then, if you were real. At least it was normal for zen masters and college sophomores. Now, the thought can strike you in the middle of a busy day. Running errands and doing business, you actually lose track of which table you got up from that morning. You can't help checking, lifting a hand to glance at the color, or giving the flesh a quick pinch.
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