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Kiln People by David Brin
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Feb 09, 2011

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Very baggy prose reminiscent of Piers Anthony. Detective plot necessarily a novelist's kludge, as it automatically allows for secrets, revealing, quests, and a final big reveal (that virtually never justifies the length of the quest).

Conceit pays insufficient attention to corporeal character of cognition: how do sensory distinctions between clay and flesh create different subjects? Instead, primary distinction between Albert and his dittos is the degree of intelligence and skill alloted to each: the low-grade green is slightly stupider than the grays which are a great deal stupider than the black golem. As a result, the novel remains in a transhumanist, transcendent groove.


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