I’ve got an article up on the HarperVoyager UK blog, entitled Alternate Yous, wherein I discuss our long-standing fascination with fictional clones, as well as our unending obsession with nature vs. nurture.
Here’s a breif excerpt:
In Noumenon, I explore the concept of clones as a ‘fix.’ Early in the novel, clones are thought to be the best way to ensure an interstellar convoy’s success. The mission planners believe if they take genetic information from well-vetted sources that it will give them more control over the many variables that could shift in the mission over the centuries.
But does it offer more control? Would populating generation ships with genetically identical crews over and over actually create stability? Our experiences are part of who we are, and an Earth-based mission-control cannot regulate every incident aboard such a convoy.
It’s the classic nature vs. nurture argument: do our genes make us who we are, or do our experiences?
If you’d like to read the whole thing, head on over here!