Cloning FreedomBy Stephen B. Pearl
MSRP: $21.99 CAD paperback, $3.99 CAD ebook
Released: December 2020
Read samples: Web - Print
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In the early 21st century, Rowan is fighting a secret war against alien pirates bent on subjugating all of mankind.
At least, that's what she thinks. In reality, it's a thousand years later, Earth has long been part of an interstellar and interspecies republic, and she's a character on Angel Black, an e-entertainment that allows viewers a complete sensory experience through her perspective. Who needs actors when you can clone famous performers and splice in some alien DNA? Since studio clones have no rights, their lives and experiences can be tailor-made for the program.
It's just too bad the clones don't know that.
Ryan Chandler was a decorated war hero until he was cloned to save his life. His career options died with his original body and the best job he can get is a technician on Angel Black. He's planning to escape to a newly colonized system when Rowan is scheduled to be killed off.
With help from unexpected allies, Ryan stages Rowan's rescue, but getting her off the set is only the beginning. To succeed, they must evade a manhunt supported by the state that fears Rowan's liberation might be the triggering event of a clone rights movement that could cost the establishment billions and shake the foundations of human society.
Can two clones find their freedom in a society that treats them as second-class citizens?
Reviews of Cloning Freedom:
"Life imitates art a little too closely in this frenetic space opera caper. Pearl plays a confident game with his multiple worlds-within-worlds, running parallel scenes from the entertainment programs and the bridge of Ryan's restored spaceship to wryly comment on how, even when his characters think they are in charge, their strings are being pulled by others." - Publishers Weekly
"The world Pearl has created in Cloning Freedom is rich, original, and immersive, sometimes challengingly so. Readers who are up for the challenge of navigating both the massively complex alien society and the complicated, multilayered plot will be rewarded with an intriguing reading experience." - Booklist
"This is a fast paced, satirical, sci-fi story about living vicariously through slaves... frenetic pace, gonzo humor, militaristic flavor and gentle landing." - Liminal Fiction