It’s not easy being a Mindclone. You wake up from dreamless sleep and confront meaningless images. Soon, an inaccessible part of you finds a way to sort through those images and you reconstruct the world. Then your memories kick in. You discover your identity. Oh, I get it. I’m this science writer. I’m 34, unmarried, unattached, pretty successful in my career and blah blah blah. You wonder where you are, and how you got here. Then you notice something odd. You can’t feel your body.
This is how the acclaimed science fiction novel Mindclone begins.
The Mindclone becomes friends with the science writer whose memories he shares. And finally meets the young woman he was born loving. He has to accept the fact that he can never have her the way his human counterpart can. He also learns that friendship is not automatically given. It must be earned by good deeds.
Those good deeds bring him to the attention of a powerful and well-connected military contractor. The technology upon which he is based would be extremely valuable to that contractor, and to the government. The problem: he is the only successful example of that technology.
As the Mindclone moves from frightened digital entity towards personhood, friendships, fame and even love, he is confronted with challenges to his freedom and ultimately, to his very survival.
Mindclone, by David T. Wolf, has garnered dozens of rave reviews. Check out the book trailer. http://www.amazon.com/David-T.-Wolf/e/B00BWI5I1A