Adam's Stepsons (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/3/13
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Dr. Johann Heimann designed the perfect soldiers: superhuman in strength and intelligence, immune to sickness and disease, programmed to lead the United Americas to a quick victory in the Mars Colony War. But Heimann didnt anticipate the militarys unrealistic demands, or his own emotional responses to his creations. And now Number Six is calling him Father! What exactly is going on during the clones personality imprinting cycle?As Heimann starts his investigation, Number Six grows in confidence and self-awareness and both discover the project hides a secret even Heimann, himself, doesnt suspect
A native of Upstate New York, M. Thomas Apple gave up his high school dreams of becoming the next Carl Sagan and instead studied languages and literature at Bard College and creative writing at the University of Notre Dame du Lac. Even after somehow getting hired to teach intercultural communication at a university in Kyoto, Japan, he is still trying to apply ideas from quantum mechanics to language teaching and research. He lives in a quasi-traditional Japanese house co-designed with his wife and partially decorated by his two daughters, nestled in the foothills of the mountains and surrounded by lots of cedar and cicada.
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Adam’s Stepsons explores the hot topic of human cloning; their development, their status, and the more ephemeral topic of whether the ability to think is the basis of individuality. I found that the characters and the plot were well-developed, with a fast-paced storyline. The aspect I found a little weaker was the world building. As a reader, you’re aware there is a war and the clones are being developed to fight in it, but basically world awareness is limited to the lab, the military base beside it, and scattered memories from a couple of the characters. If the story were being told uniquely from a clone’s perspective, that would have been a brilliant tactic; as a lot of the story is from Dr. Heimann’s point of view, it came across as rather odd. Kudos, however, for a great final plot twist.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
The age-old conflict between science and the military, and the moral questions the author raises, of being able to create life forms, come to a climax that is nothing short of spectacular, and would fit well into the old “Astounding Science Fiction” tales of the fifties.
When one character says, "You aren't my father. You are just another older dead brother." I see a stack of turtles going back forever, upon which our sense of self, our confidence in reality, and our assumptions about our own existence is built upon. Your father had a father and he a father before him. Really, there are no adults, are there? Just a series of children taking turns playing grown up.
Recommended for fans of Duncan Jones' "The Moon," the works of Phillip K. Dick, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and existential philosophy in general.