Kiln People Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is Brin at his finest. Both a detective story and a technological exploration, Kiln People features a fascinating idea of 24 hour clones. Well, sort of clones, actually replicas pressed into a memetic clay. It is really a cool idea and presents a very interesting way for Brin to tell the story from different points of view, but all from the same character. Really a great book.
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The review of this Book prepared by Wes Monkey

David Brin has come up with a new way of looking at social problems via the use of throw away clones composed of a type of organic CLAY that has a 24 (aproximately) hour life cycle. Via the use of these "Ditto's" a person can experience many types of activity and then have the memories uploaded to the host. As you might expect with humanity it leads to new and not so new life experiences that take the reader into a thoughtful look at the inner self. Of course there are bad guys and David does his usually excellent job of putting a twist on things to keep it interesting. A good read.
The review of this Book prepared by William Rawls

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog

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