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Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published June 29th 2014 by Severed Press (first published June 22nd 2014)
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Billy And The Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski:
4 “Transcendental” Stars.


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“Every William got it in his head to go to work at the same time, pop off to lunch at the same time, run off to the cleaners at the same time, and end the night with a nightcap at the same time. It was the way it had always been, and the way it always would be." ~ William 790-6 [Call him Will (it’s impolite to go by number)].

To say Will 790-6’s birthday didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to (and always should), is a
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Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and disturbing world of clones
Rtc
Meghan
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine what it's like to live in a world full of 6 million people just like you? I mean literally - a world of clones, each a balding, middle-age man named William. Add to that the fact that you live for only one year before you're sen to a machine that chops you up and feeds you to the next group of Williams being "born" that day.

Things change, though, when something goes wrong and 790 lives past his death date due to an accident that leaves the machine in need of repairs. That one mom
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David Sharp
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review from Horrorunderground.org

Billy and the Cloneasaurus

Severed Press

Author: Stephen Kozeniewski

In a strange twist of being the last man on the world, William, or more aptly known as William 790-6 (57th iteration), is the last person on the planet, sort of. Technically speaking, there are over 6 billion people on this planet, they all just so happen to be clones. They share similar looks and personality, to varying degrees of course. So, living in a world where everyone is the same, what does
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Elizabeth Corrigan
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read Kozeniewski's previous two works, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with Billy and the Cloneasaurus. Madcap zombie adventures like Braineater Jones? Hardcore horror like The Ghoul Archipelago? I wasn't very far into Billy when I realized that this was something else entirely---a unique dystopia that takes the biting satire of Ghoul to a whole new level. In this, we get to see Kozeniewski's depth as an author, as he is able to switch genres with aplomb.

On some levels, Billy only has
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Ms. Nikki
Another thoughtful read by Mr. Kozeniewski of William, a clone, who finds himself questioning his uniqueness in a world of duplicates obeying willingly and sacrificing themselves only to be scrapped and have the process start all over again.

Will William evoke change or will he continue to be just another cog in the system in a society of greed to keep the money flowing?

Don't dwell too long on what's on the pages of this book or you'll find yourself questioning the motives of your employers and y
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Caitlin L
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good. Full review www.thebooksbeyond.blogspot.com
Peter Germany
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book rocked! I described it to a friend as being 1984 meets The Lego Movie! I didn’t really have any idea of what to expect. I hadn’t read the synopsis or any reviews of it. I just knew it was by an author I wanted to check out.
What really sticks with me is the tone throughout the story is pretty level regardless of what’s happening, but that’s just a thin covering of the real tone of the story.
Billy and the Cloneasaurus was right up my street and is a fantastic modern day dystopian that i
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Edelhart Kempeneers
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Och, niet slecht als tussendoortje
Susan
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
William 790 (later known as Billy) is a good clone. He goes to work every day in his boring insurance sales job, has the same thing to eat every night, catches the ball game with the other clones, sleeps, and gets up and does it all over again. Each clone gets 1 year of life and then he gets slurried. It’s a world of monotony, Williams as far as you can see. Yet Billy manages to avoid getting slurried due to a freak accident. He then starts questioning his life and this entire existence.

I initia
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Dianne
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Remember high school? Everyone had the same haircut, wore the same type of clothes, liked the same music, as we all expressed our “individuality,” like unwitting clones. What if the entire world’s population was made of up clones with the same likes, dislikes, attitude towards work, if they were all like me, could be fun, who knows? Alas, Stephen Kozeniewski’s world is filled with men named William in his satirical tome, Billy and the Cloneasaurus. All runs smoothly, because everyone knows what ...more
Vicy Cross
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stephen Kozeniewski's "Billy and the Cloneasaurus" is biting, thoughtful dystopian fiction from Severed Press. Clones, dinosaurs, and a corrupted "Williamerica" paint a frightening alternate reality where the idea of individuality and capitalism are distorted to the nth degree. It's a call-to-arms, if you will, and a well-timed one at that. Critics of dystopian fiction always bemoan the genre's inherent "preachiness" and bitch far too much about the potential for pretentiousness on the authors' ...more
K.P. Ambroziak
Kozeniewski never fails to entertain with his bizarre and cavernous stories. This one’s about a clone, and another clone, and another, each called William, living in Williamsport-6 in Williamerica. They are all decidedly cringeworthy, though one can’t put one’s finger on why exactly. But they’re also surprisingly familiar and unique in their sterility, their routine existence, their traffic-going, noodle-eating, furniture-buying selves. With his usual stealth, Kozeniewski flips a mirror up to so ...more
Mary Fan
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billy and the Cloneasaurus takes science fiction back to its satirical roots. Much in the vein of 1984 or Fahrenheit 451, the story uses a richly imagined futuristic world to hold a mirror up to today's world. The parallels are not hard to see - William clones are created for the sole purpose of becoming contented consumers controlled by The Corporation. The titular character, officially known as William-790, is an office drone whose sole purpose in life is to be a good little worker ... Just as ...more
Sharon Stevenson
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'Billy and the Cloneasaurus' is the story of one clone's attempts to become an individual.

This is a smart, funny, horrifying read that left me both amused and disturbed. Billy, or William 790, is a clone in a town full of Williams who all think alike, behave alike and willingly walk into a slurry machine on their first birthday, to be replaced by a new clone who is exactly the same. When an accident saves William 790 from this fate, he begins to think about the meaning of his life, and so his ad
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Mac
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Take a dash of Logan's Run, mix in a little Fahrenheit 451, season with a touch of 1984, and blend with dystopian sci-fi stock, and you've got Stephen Kozeniewski's Billy and the Cloneasaurus. As usual with Kozeniewski, the book is peppered with humor, imaginative concepts, and plenty of inside jokes and cultural references. These start with the title, borrowed from a classic Simpsons episode. While Kozeniewski almost pulls it off, I found the inclusion of the Cloneasaurus a bit half-baked. The ...more
L.F. Falconer
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully bizarre story this is, with a definite Orwellian influence concerning capitalism and corporate greed. I was thoroughly engaged from the very start and disappointed only with the fact that I was unable to finish it in one sitting. Initially I was put off by the title, but I had already been introduced to Kozeniewski's writing talent and the blurb intrigued me. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance because it really knocked my socks off! Kudos, Mr. Kozeniewski.
Deedra
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audible:This was a fun book narrated nicely by Steve Rimpici.This world is full of clones named William,most go by Will.All will have the same cars, houses,etc..and a 1 year lifespan.What if a Will skips his day with the slurry machine?This is what happens.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.
Kurt Schuett
Book Review for Ginger Nuts of Horror
Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski
Reviewer: Kurt Schuett

Who doesn’t appreciate euthanasia with a side of vomit?

First and foremost, author Stephen Kozeniewski can write and write well. Readers who appreciate tightly crafted syntax embedded with carefully plotted literary devices (e.g. theme, symbolism, satire, etc.) really need to grab one of his stories.

As for Billy and the Cloneasaurus, Mr. Kozeniewski plunges the reader into what most will de
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Mike
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not generally a "high-minded" reader. I tend to find books by Fitzgerald, Dickens, and others to be dry or generally depressing, which is not why I read. There have been exceptions, of course; classics that were ahead of their time - Catch-22, Dracula, and Candide spring to mind. For the most part, though, I prefer books that are considered "pop" or "low-brow". I don't say this to besmirch the authors I read, whether I like their book or not. It's simply one of the labels that we often feel ...more
Jeanette Andromeda
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
Two Sentence Summary
In a world where every human on the planet is a William Clone that is only allowed to exist for one year before being ground up into a new one, 790-6 (self-named Billy) slips through the experiation date and discovers he has new thoughts and new questions about how this world around him works. During his journey, he discovers the world is hiding something NEW as well as many dark and socking secrets.

’ll say straight off the bat, that this book was a total surprise for me. I w
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David Watson
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the future there are Six billion clones on earth. They are brought to life in a factory, they are fully grown and their purpose is to work, spend money and make profits for the corporate masters. At the end of one year the clone returns to the factory and is killed and another exact replica takes its place. Things start to change though when number 790-6 goes to be executed on his birthday and a strange occurrence spares his life.

No one knows that 790-6 survived, they all think that he has be
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Carrie
*Author provided a copy for an honest review.*

Billy and the Cloneasaurus isn't the type of book I normally read. I'm really not a big dystopian fan. But the book sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try.

As the blurb implies, we basically have several versions of the same individual running around. While they are genetically identically, each new clone then goes on to replace its predecessor's life completely. Same house, same car, same routine, same everything. They're "decanted," bri
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Shana Festa
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine there are 6 billion of you in the world. Nothing different, nothing that distinguishes one from one another aside from the job you do. Your houses are the same, you drive the same car, eat the same food... it's all exactly the same. Each clone lives for exactly one year and on your 366th day of life you are slurried and a new iteration is sent into the world for the next year. But on the day that William 790-6 was sent to be slurried, a freak accident prevents his death and allows him an ...more
Christina  Torretta
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Trying to describe this book in a few words is going to be very difficult. Using more than a few words will be even more difficult as everything I say can lead to a spoiler!

So, I'm going to take this slowly... First of all! I want to call this adorable! It starts horrific but then just gets cute and crazy and yes it's a dystopian but it's just so much fun!

I fell in love with the characters. Billy is fantastic. I love that he has questions that all stem from this one horrific event from him almos
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Paul Wandason
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think the ingredients in a pot noodle are bad, try thinking about what kind of person someone might be if that was his basic genetic make up.

This is what Will 790-6 (57), or Billy, needs to digest. Billy's a single clone out of 3650 yet he feels like he's one in a million because he knows the truth. He knows there's more to life than pot noodles and selling dental insurance. This is the story about Billy, and - as you might expect - the "cloneasauraus" who's one of the few living creature
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Lori
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I just really dislike this book. The story line being about clones. they all looked alike, all acted the same, all did the same day-to-day schedule. all named Will. But they all had a number..the number thing really annoyed me. At first it was hard to follow. I gave it a three star just for well writing, no mistakes and all that.
As for the story itself it's a clone who was supposed to be slurried . After a year of life they are destroyed and a new one comes out of the tank with the same number.
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Kelly Smith Reviews
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well, I've read a lot of stories about how man is just existing, not living. Many of those talk about how the "officials" want us to all be the same. And that's sort of true. But never have I read a story that truly makes it all seem possible (not probable), and very real.
In this Twilight Zone-esque novel, Stephen Kozeniewski brings us to a world of William: one man, six billion clones. Each clone only gets a year to live before it's replaced with a newer model. There are no animals, nothing nat
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Melissa Hayden
*I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

It's William 790-6's birthday and like all clones, he's to be slurred today. Next in line for termination and the machine breaks. William 64-6 doesn't know what to do when the machine won't start, and it's almost quitting time, so he lets William 790 go home with his replacement. One more night to live... Past his 365 day limit, 790 starts to realize he is different, questioning things he never questioned before and going out o
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Sheilah
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? At first glance it would appear to be a comedy. The cover certainly lends itself to that perception. In reality, this story is more of a tragedy that will evoke emotions of sadness, futility, and perhaps even anger. Perhaps dark comedy would be more fitting, but even then that doesn’t quite fit. In many ways, it has more to do with social commentary than anything else. What I can tell you is that I freaking loved this story. It was outrageous in all the right ways ...more
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