The Top 5 Craziest Clone Stories in SF
“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.