The Top 5 Cra­zi­est Clone Sto­ries in SF

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“The En­emy Within”

Ol’ James Tiberius Kirk him­self was the vic­tim of an un­in­ten­tional cloning project in this clas­sic Star Trek episode ( writ­ten by grand­mas­ter Richard Mathe­son). Split by a trans­porter mal­func­tion into iden­ti­cal twins – one good, one bad – the Cap­tain re­alises he can only lead his crew by re­com­bin­ing the two.

The Mul­ti­ple Man

Marvel mu­tant Jamie Madrox ( cre­ated by writ­ers Len Wein and Chris Clare­mont and artist John Buscema) was born with the abil­ity to cre­ate “dupes” of him­self. A power that came in handy when we joined the ranks of X- Fac­tor and fought along­side the X- Men.

Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang

Kate Wil­helm’s Hugo Award- win­ning novel con­cerns a so­ci­ety ren­dered ster­ile due to pol­lu­tion and dis­ease. In an at­tempt to restart its breed­ing abil­ity, it clones it­self – but learns too late that its “chil­dren” are hap­pier with cloning than sex­ual re­pro­duc­tion, even­tu­ally cost­ing them their abil­ity to in­no­vate.

“When You Care You Love”

Theodore Stur­geon’s mov­ing short story – the be­gin­ning of an un­fin­ished novel – is about a wealthy widow who res­ur­rects her late hus­band by cloning one of the very can­cer cells that killed him, and then plac­ing her­self in suspended an­i­ma­tion un­til he reaches the age at which he left her.

The Boys From Brazil

In Ira Levin’s best­selling novel – and its sub­se­quent film adap­ta­tion ( right) – neoNazis at­tempt to res­ur­rect an army of clones from Adolf Hitler’s DNA, only to find that it’s nur­ture ( or lack thereof) and not na­ture that cre­ated the would- be

( world con­queror.

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