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Kiln People is a 2002 science-fiction novel by David Brin. A paperback edition was reissued in New York by Tor Books in 2003 with ISBN 0-765-34261-8. 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A collection of well-known science-fiction novels and magazines Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology upon society and persons as individuals. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is a well known American author of science fiction. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In the future, people can create clay duplicates (dittos or golems) of themselves with all their memories up to that time. The duplicates only last 24-hours, and the original can then choose whether or not to upload the ditto's memories. Most people use dittos to do their work. Dittos come in many colours, which signify their quality. A cheap ditto suitable for housework is green, while a quality one for business is grey. In Jewish folklore, a golem (sometimes pronounced goilem) is an animated being crafted from inanimate material. ...

Albert Morris is a private detective who uses dittos extensively. The book opens with a ditto being chased across the city by the enemy's dittos. He makes it home, and Albert uses his memories to bust the enemy's illegal scheme. That morning, Albert makes two greys and a green ditto and sends them off to do his business. A private investigator, or PI, is a person who undertakes investigations. ...

One grey meets with the daughter of Maharal, one of the founders of United Kilns (named after the rabbi of the legendary original golems), who has died in suspicious circumstances. The grey meets the surviving ditto of the founder, but that ditto runs away and when the grey follows, he is captured by the ditto. Judah Low ben Bezalel (1525 — 1609) was a Jewish scholar and rabbi, most of his life in Prague. ...

The second grey gets involved in a plan to infiltrate United Kilns to see if they are using illegal technology. He is a dupe of unknown forces, and is actually carrying a bomb into UK's factory, but he realises just in time and manages to minimise the damage done when he blows up.

The green is bored with doing routine chores and becomes a "Frankie" (short for Frankenstein) - a rogue ditto who is an imperfect copy of his original. Frankie also gets into the UK factory, and gets caught up in the plot. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is a novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. ...

Meanwhile, real Albert disguises himself as a ditto and meets with the ditto of Maharal's daughter (but she is also the real person in disguise). They are almost killed by another founder of UK, but make it to Maharal's secret lab where the first grey is being held. Frankie makes it there as well, but he's about to expire of old age.

In the world of the novel, surveillance technology is pervasive as studied in Brin's essay The Transparent Society. The Transparent Society (1998, ISBN 0-7382-0144-8, ISBN 020132802X) is a non-fiction book by the science-fiction author David Brin in which he forecasts the erosion of privacy, as it is overtaken by low-cost surveillance, communication and database technology. ...

Kiln People is notable for its extensive literary and conceptual references, including those to Firesign Theatre. The Firesign Theatre are a comedy troupe consisting of Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Philip Proctor. ...

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Kiln People - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (637 words)
Kiln People is a 2002 science fiction novel by David Brin.
Most people use dittos to do their work, as they are affordable even for the poor.
Kiln People is notable for its extensive literary and conceptual references, including those to Firesign Theatre.
Metroland Online - Books (804 words)
In Kiln People, however, David Brin sets up a science-fiction premise uniquely suited to narrative experimentation: In the not-too-distant future, people regularly make copies of themselves, or “dittos,” by imprinting their brain patterns on disposable clay bodies that expire after 24 hours.
Kiln People is written in first person, with alternating chapters narrated by four different characters who are all versions of the same man. The potential for confusion is great, but Brin has made it remarkably easy to keep straight the who, what, where, why and when of each Albert Morris.
In Kiln People, the ethical controversy is quickly apparent: One faction believes that dittos are an abomination against nature and should be destroyed, while another believes that dittos’ lives are sacred and enslaving them is wrong.
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