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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 didn’t anticipate the military’s unrealistic demands, or his own emotional responses to his creations. And now Number Six is calling him “Father”! What exactl ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published March 13th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Rebecca
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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Adam's Stepsons by M.Thomas Apple

A short thought provoking science fiction story with a twist that I didn't see coming.
I did enjoyed reading this but found parts of it confusing & sort of felt that bits were missing. This story really got me thinking & little bits of it kept coming back to me all day. A very imaginative read.
Blaine Readler
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
M. Thomas Apple’s tale of a terraformed Moon and war on Mars could have tracked any one of the well-worn paths of imagined worlds where advanced cloning and memory implantation are used to produce super-human soldiers. In the deft hands of the author, however, the idea is taken down a new and thought-provoking path in Adam's Stepsons as he infuses a refreshing dose of humanity into the popular theme. And, as with any good shorter piece, a revelation at the end makes you glad you carried through ...more
Kevin
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sciencefiction
This quick read will latch on and not let you go. With lots of this technology coming online, this look into a dystopian future, complete with corporate bureaucracy, a scientist mourning the loss of a son, and a deal with the devil, hits all the notes just the right way. You will never expect the ending.
Faith Jones
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a fairly short novella on the subject of cloning, which explores the issue of what it is to have legal status as a human versus status as an exactly matching cloned human. Despite it being limited in scope and having a kind of brutal architecture in which lives are lived, the story explores interesting concept debates such as whether inherited memory from a donor is possible in a biological copy over-printed with identical neural patterns and what we should do if it was, i.e. bestow huma ...more
J C Steel
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Heimann wrote a theoretical paper on the topic of cloning. He didn’t expect a desperate military to snap it – and him – up, and throw billions at him to make it happen. Severely conflicted, not least by the experiment’s choice of genetic donor, Dr. Heimann finds himself torn at every turn; most of all between what he knows is right and his orders. By the time he’s finally forced to face the fact that neither his reactions nor the clones’ behaviour can be defined as within the parameters of t ...more
Charles
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Human cloning and the issue, “What makes a person?” becomes the driving force in this well-written novella by M. Thomas Apple. Dr. Johann Heimann wrote a paper about cloning that was seized upon by a desperate military in the process of losing a war on the Mars Colony. He was lured into creating super-soldiers in a secret project on a military moon base. And he does just that—until things go wrong, and Clone Number Six begins to call Heimann “father,” and Heimann begins to call Number Six “Seth. ...more
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AUTHOR UPDATE:

Adam's Stepsons has just won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Readers' Favorite Book of the Year Award, in the category of Best Short Story / Novella.

https://readersfavorite.com/2017-awar...
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AUTHOR UPDATE

Adam's Stepsons was selected as a BookWorks Featured Author selection (https://www.bookworks.com/book/adams-...).

It also garnered an Honorable Mention Award in the 2017 Readers' Favorites Award Contest (Short Story / Novella) (https://readersfavorite.com/2017-awar...).
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Long ago, I gave up my high school dreams of becoming the next Carl Sagan and instead wound up working (in order) at a video rental store, a used bookstore, a computer seller, Kinko's, a Jewish newspaper company, and an HR firm. I eventually became a teacher of intercultural communication in Kyoto, where I vainly attempt to apply quantum mechanics to language teaching, practice martial arts and Ze ...more