Review of 'Kiln People'

Kiln People by David Brin

In a future time people live their lives with cheap “dittos” – quickly produced clones. The cheapest dittos are used by people to perform simple repetitive jobs while clones such as the expensive platinum models are used for more intellectual pursuits. Owners choose to retain their dittos memories at the end of their one-day lifespans.

Albert Morris is a detective pursuing an average case of ditto theft that turns into a case that leads directly to the very steps of Universal Kilns (the makers of “kilns” used by people to make their dittos from a special clay). What he finds out will shake the very foundation of this new, brave world.

Another very readable novel by Brin though I did find it a bit tricky to follow completely particularly with each chapter told from a different Morris ditto perspective (tip: remember the colours…). The climax of the novel brings together all of the strings but, again, very confusing.

Rating: “It is OK but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2007-11-14

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: 2002

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