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Human cloning.
Technology evolves faster than we do.
The law shields us from our worst temptations.
But the opportunity is there, dangling just out of reach—perfection and ascension… or delusion and destruction.

In this collection of clone-themed stories, ten of today’s top speculative fiction writers explore our morality, our built-in societal restraints, and reflect upon o
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Holt Smith (first published May 24th 2015)
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Karen
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, arc
I was really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this compilation of stories about clones. I never realized I was a fan of clones until now.

I had a few favorites, The Replacement Husband, Like No Other, B.E.G.I.N. and Splinter among them. A couple of stories had great surprise endings!

As a huge fan of Rysa Walker's Chronos Files, I loved reading Splinter about Kiernan's POV(/s) of Kate's rescue in 1893 and the exploration of being splintered.

Well done!!

Thanks for the advance copy in exch
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Siobhan
Time for one of those lengthy pieces of honesty I sometimes start my reviews with – but don’t worry, I will get to the review shortly!

Okay, so I’m not entirely sure how I came to have this. I have been downloading far too many free books as of late, and through this I have ended up subscribed to a number of author’s email updates. There are but a handful I can recall actually clicking the ‘join’ button with. Nevertheless, unless the emails are exceptionally annoying, I have kept my subscription.
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Lynda Dickson
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 15+
CLONES is a collection of eleven science fiction and speculative fiction stories by ten authors. Ostensibly about clones, these stories are also so much more. They deal with spirituality, creationism, and what it actually means to be human.

In "The Replacement Husband" by Nathan M. Beauchamp, Jasmine receives her husband's clone replacement fifteen months after his death. He is implanted with memories of only the last three years of his life, but he has no memory of the most important event in th
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Scott Wieczorek
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title - Clones: The Anthology

Author(s) - Nathan M. Beauchamp
R. D Brady
Hank Garner
Michael Patrick Hicks
Joshua Ingle
Samuel Peralta
Susan Kaye Quinn
Daniel Arthur Smith
P.K. Tyler
Rysa Walker

Editor(s) - Jessica West

Stars - Five

Takeaway - Highly recommend it. A can't miss for sci-fi fans!

**First, let me state that I received a free copy of this work in exchange for an honest review**

I have to admit that I was excited when approached to review Clones: The Anthology. The work resonates with some
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Nadine Matheson
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clones: The Anthology is a new collection of short stories by ten writers who are rising to the top of the speculative fiction genre. The writers have been brought together by Daniel Arthur Smith to give their own unique take on the theme of clones.

There are times as readers where we can approach an anthology with a sense of dread, hoping that there are at least a couple of gems within the collection, however, within Clones: the anthology that sense of dread is unfounded. Given the subject matte
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Fred Douglis
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This anthology is a mixture of a number of stories, some set in the "universes" of authors with established characters and/or technologies, some standalone. I think on the whole I liked the standalone stories better, because they were more easily understood by the uninitiated, but the anthology in its entirety is a strong collection with a lot of interesting and thought-provoking pieces.

I read an early release of the anthology after responding to a facebook note from one of the authors in the co
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Cmoore
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book really showcases Daniel Arthur Smith's work... as an editor and writer. Daniel has an awesome short serialized collection (Confessional) in three parts, which frames all the other works... thus making the structure of the book unique. I want to reiterate, I really appreciate a serialized collection and in this case it's all in one, the only delay involves how fast can you read to the end!

I didn't enjoy all the stories but the ones I liked were lots of fun... what I like about collectio
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Diana in SC
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the idea for this anthology. Clones have always fascinated me in science fiction.

So far, I have read "All These Bodies" by PK Tyler. It was a hauntingly wonderful short story. The story immediately sucked me in and transported me to a future world where a clone is trying to survive and keep his memories. The prose was very evocative, and I got like I was in the mind of the clone. This was the first story I have read by PK Tyler, and I definitely will read Moore of her work soon. The story
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Ernie Howard
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anthologies are a perfect way to read some of your favorite authors in one sitting. Clones is full of beautifully written stories. Some scary, because the subject matter are things that could happen in the not to distant future. This is a very entertaining book, with a beautiful cover. You can't go wrong with Clones.
PJ Lea
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional anthology of short stories about clones.
A vast array of circumstances, exciting plots and believable characters. A book to be recommended for SciFi fans and a good opportunity to find new authors.
Rhi
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've read an anthology and liked each of the novellas included. I wasn't sure what to expect with this anthology and I found each of the short stories by turns intriguing, thought-provoking, and/or disturbing. In fact, I couldn't put it down.

Confessional, broken into three parts, also breaks up the anthology. As your first introduction to the anthology, Part I certainly sets the tone. It also ends the anthology beautifully.

Since each of the stories included are true
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Lorena
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This anthology was really well done, though the stories were darker than what I generally prefer to read, and some were quite violent. Doesn't anyone write hopeful, optimistic scifi anymore? Apparently not, at least not when clones are the topic. That's the only reason I couldn't rate this higher than a 4, because I found the stories intriguing and well-written, and I don't recall any typos or other editorial problems.

I definitely enjoyed some of the stories more than others. I didn't hate any o
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Mark Morris
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always come to anthologies with a little reservation. Usually there are a few stories I love, some I enjoy, and often a few I'd skip through, not feeling a connection with the narrative or the characters. This one was a big surprise to me. I galloped through the book in two days, enjoying it over the weekend that coincided with the English summer in May of 2016. And I enjoyed every story. I'll not relate my feelings about every story – as I said, I loved them all – but Awakening by Susan Kaye ...more
Lindsay
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will update the review as I slowly get through the various stories.

5 STARS: I obviously went for Awakening by Susan Kaye Quinn first. She's a personal favorite of mine. ;) Plus, knowing that it takes place in the Singularity universe (The Legacy Human), I may have gotten a little giddy.

Creative? Without a doubt! Each of the short stories from the Singularity series have all been loosely linked together, though usually don't contain overlapping characters. They simultaneously offer a unique vi
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Riley
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Every now and then a short story anthology entices me. With appealing subject matter and authors I appreciate, Clones is such an anthology.

Similar is not necessarily the same. Ten authors each put their own spin on this basic tenet. The stories are varied in their definitions of clones, their origins, their uses and in how they are viewed by others. The purpose of clones may be to re-define humanity, establish a new humanity or find humanity’s origin. I like some, but not all stories. Everyone w
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Tanya
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clones. I think we all have a notion or two that springs to the forefront of our minds when we hear this word, but give it to a group of talented authors and you get this superb and very diverse speculative fiction anthology that is bound to make you think and re-think the concept of clones. I sat down with this book expecting to read a story or two while I had few moments of coveted quiet and ended up reading it from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed every story in this collection, somethin ...more
Gaele
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Speculative fiction, for me, almost always came through one author, and now I’m on the second or third collection that she’s contributed to. This collection, Clones, is taking a technology first well-known with Dolly the Sheep, and now extending that to humanity. Scientifically, I’m fascinated with (and have been for years) the great wealth of knowledge that was gained in that first ‘hooves on the ground’ cloning. I’m less excited by the prospect, however minimal, of actually creating genetic co ...more
Katy
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was asked to read Clones: The Anthology in exchange for an honest review, I was a little worried that the anthology would be too "sciency" for me. While I love all types of science fiction, I don't know a lot about clones. However, after reading this amazing collection of stories, I know now that my worries were premature. While science is obviously a big part of each story, it doesn't take away from each or make it difficult to understand the concepts presented.

I wanted to write about a
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Teri
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The concept of clones has always fascinated me - would they be exactly alike in personality, preferences, habits, etc? So when I was offered a chance to read this anthology, well... need I say more? All of these stories were fascinating and thought-provoking in their own right, but some that stuck with me are listed below.

The Replacement Husband by Nathan M. Beauchamp: How weird would that be - your husband dies and is replaced by his clone several months later. Him, but not him, and Jasmine's t
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Lene Blackthorn
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I last read such a good sci-fi book.
Endless options of using the same main theme clearly show in this diverse anthology. Each story is different, unique, stimulating your brain, keeping you think, raising emotions or simply devouring the reader into the unconquered field of imaginative future worlds, universes or dimensions. Style, language, landscapes and characters vary so that you will never feel bored. Conspirational theories and scientific future visions implante
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Darlene
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. It was full of stories from a lot of sci-fi authors known to me that have written wonderful stories. The Clones' stories are no different. Some are shocking, some are sad, some truly believable or unbelievable, depending how you look at it. All great in their own unique ways. Although, there were one or two I didn't care for but that is my taste. I think every anthology is full of great stories by authors you may want to look up and read some more of their work. Clones made ...more
Debbie
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some of my favorite authors contributed to this book. I expected to find a lot of well-written entertainment and was not disappointed. The appeal of anthologies, at least for me, is the variety. I'm sure to like at least some of the stories, and I consider the book pretty good if I enjoy more than half of it. My score on this one was nearly two thirds - yes, I did math - so it's definitely a winner.

I won't discuss the individual selections as plenty of other reviews have already covered them all
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Trisha Perry
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A awesome compilation of authors brought together to weave some of the most beautiful and wonderful tales of cloning, and the world surrounding it. This is a book that you will want to reread time and time again because each time you do you find something different or a new perspective to see a story in and it will be totally different and new each time. I love these anthologies and chronicles, sure I buy them because some of my favorite authors have stories in them but the best part is the new ...more
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: Clones: The Antholoty
Author: Many
Genre: Sci-Fi
Format: Ebook
Pages: 256
Rating: 4.5
Heat: 0

Thoughts: This was a great collection of little clone stories that made you think about the pros and cons of cloning. There were stories that were very futuristic, scary, and had very probable issues that could arise if we did clone people. I really enjoyed the twists that some of them had and the arguments for and against following this path of technology. I think this would be a great book for d
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Amy's Review Obsession
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
In all honesty, I love books that come together as a package deal. With this anthology, I was able to experience different emotions and feels throughout. With these books, I was able to fall in love with sci-fi all over again with clones. The top ten stories are featured in this book and though I didn't like some, the ones that I did end up reading were awesome.

Like I said, you will experience an array of emotions throughout this book and it is definitely different with every story. So make sure
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Philip
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Arthur Smith picked the ideal theme for this anthology. Cloning provides a rich vein of creative gold from which the authors involved have mined an array of very varied tales.

That's the strength of this collection. You've got Susan Kaye Quinn's religion tinged science fiction tale, Hank Garner's Twilight Zone-esque collision of science and faith , a mind twisting time travel story from Rysa Waker, Michael Patrick Hicks' superb Lovecraftian horror tale (my personal favourite), and more. Ev
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Courtney
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read this entire anthology yet, though I plan to. For now, I do want to review P.K. Tyler's story, "All These Bodies."
I found the story interesting and the m.char. believable. The story itself had a very Ayn Rand feel to it. In fact it reminded me a lot of the individual vs. hive-mind mentality from Rand's Anthem. I was drawn right into the story and felt like I was experiencing the emotions of the m.c. I truly enjoyed reading this short story and look forward to reading more of Tyler
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Karen
I really enjoyed this anthology.The standouts for me are the Replacement Husband by Nathan M Beauchamp.The author drew me in and delivered an unexpected twist..Eves Children by Hank Garner was intriguing and the ending delivered much to ponder.Like No Other by Daniel Arthur Smith was heartbreaking and beautifully written.I love reading anthologies because I always find stories by authors I already enjoy.And at least a few new ones to add to my TBR list.I received a copy of this book in exchange ...more
Lori Hammons
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is not my usual genre of book but I found each story about cloning fascinating. Many points of view on how it happens, why, how it's used, etc. I think my favorite ones were All These Bodies, where a clone become sentient, but his creator's don't realize it until the clone takes charge; and B.E.G.I.N., where a mother's loves creates and comforts a hybrid clone who does not live long and then she figures out how to do it again with success.
Beverly Laude
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, kindle, sci-fi
Great book! Very thought provoking & sometimes downright scary! Ifyou could clone yourself or someone you love, would you do it? More importantly, SHOULD you do it? I will definitely be lookin for more books by these authors, especially PK Tyler. I really enjoyed All These Bodies!

I received an ARC of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.
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