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Kiln People

The Kiln Books

David Brin

Tor Science Fiction

In a perilous future, disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every citizen's legal and illicit whim. Life as a 24-hour "ditto" is cheap, as Albert Morris knows. A brash investigator with a knack for trouble, he's sent plenty of clay duplicates into deadly peril, then "inloaded" memories from copies that were shot, crushed, drowned . . . all part of a day's work.

But when Morris tackles a ring of crooks making bootleg copies of a famous actress, he trips into a secret so explosive it incites open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.
 
Kiln People is a 2003 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.
In a perilous future, disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every citizen's legal and illicit whim. Life as a 24-hour "ditto" is cheap, as Albert Morris knows. A brash investigator with a knack for trouble, he's sent plenty of clay duplicates into deadly peril, then "inloaded" memories from copies that were shot, crushed, drowned . . . all part of a day's work.

But when Morris tackles a ring of crooks making bootleg copies of a famous actress, he trips into a secret so explosive it incites open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.  Kiln People is a 2003 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

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Kiln People
PART IAdieu! for once again the fierce disputeBetwixt damnation and impassioned clay Must I burn through ...But when I am consumed in the Fire.Give me new Phoenix wings to fly at my desire.-John Keats,"On Sitting Down to Reed King Leer Once Again"1A Good Head for Wine... or how Monday's green ditto brings home fond memories of the river ...It's hard to stay cordial while fighting for your life, even when your life doesn't amount to much.Even when you're just a lump of clay. 
 
Some kind of missile--a stone I guess--smacked the brick wall inches away, splattering my
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Praise for Kiln People

: “Intricate plotting, unflagging inventiveness, and a judicious sprinkling of puns and in-jokes: Brin keeps the pages feverishly turning.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Brin presents a rich, kaleidoscopic story that challenges the concepts of identity and individuality.”– Library Journal

“Brin deftly explores the issues of identity, privacy and work . . . the book features the author’s usual style, with a lighter touch and punish humor abounding amid the hard SF speculation.”--Publishers Weekly

“More than any writer I know, David Brin can take scary, important problems and turn them sideways, revealing wonderful opportunities. This talent shows strongly in Kiln People, a novel which is deep and insightful and often hilarious, all at the same time.”—Vernor Vinge
: “Intricate plotting, unflagging inventiveness, and a judicious sprinkling of puns and in-jokes: Brin keeps the pages feverishly turning.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Brin presents a rich, kaleidoscopic story that challenges the concepts of identity and individuality.”– Library Journal

“Brin deftly explores the issues of identity, privacy and work . . . the book features the author’s usual style, with a lighter touch and punish humor abounding amid the hard SF speculation.”--Publishers Weekly

“More than any writer I know, David Brin can take scary, important problems and turn them sideways, revealing wonderful opportunities. This talent shows strongly in Kiln People, a novel which is deep and insightful and often hilarious, all at the same time.”—Vernor Vinge

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David Brin

  • David Brin is the author of more than a dozen novels, including six volumes in his award-winning Uplift saga, as well as two short story collections and a nonfiction work, The Transparent Society, about privacy in the electronic age. His New York Times bestseller The Postman was the basis for a major motion picture starring Kevin Costner. Brin was a fellow at the California Space Institute and at the Jet Propulsion Lab, studying spacecraft design, cometary physics, and analyses of the likelihood of life in the universe. He now lives in southern California.
  • David Brin
    David Brin
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Kiln People

The Kiln Books

David Brin

Hugo Award - Nominee, John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Second Place
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