Clone City is 1 of 7 in The Joypolis Series.
Clone City is a dystopian SF thriller that narrates the story of Joypolis – a city whose inhabitants believe it is the last civilized outpost of humankind.
Joypolitans believe they have overcome all the challenges of their turbulent past and that their survival was thanks to a single act of monumental importance – the decision to clone.
Three hundred years earlier, the scientists who founded the settlement decided they had to clone to avoid extinction. They argued that only by doing so could they create a workforce large enough to transform their settlement into a bright, modern city.
Because clone numbers would far exceed their own, they decided to separate ‘true’ from ‘artificial’ human by conditioning the clones for the duties they would perform. Combining ground-breaking advances in how language is processed in the brain with a program of indoctrination, they succeed in creating a compliant labour force.
Initially, there was outrage but as the settlement was transformed into an ultra-modern city resistance grew less. The lives of citizens became more and more comfortable and they accepted media’s portrayal of their segregated society as unfortunate, but unavoidable. Through no fault of their own, they had simply inherited the benefits of a morally questionable decision.
But the repercussions of this act are about to unravel in a way that no one could have foreseen. First, the dismembered arm of a clone is discovered. Second, the murder of a high-ranking politician. A deconstructing clone is arrested, but the Head of Security fears something far, far worse…
I’ve taught English to kids, English as a foreign language and linguistics to university students. I’m working part-time now and glad to say that gives me time to write. I was born in Plymouth, England, and, like my dad who was in the navy, I’ve done a fair bit of travelling. Presently, I live in Japan near the ocean. When I have a chance, I enjoy hiking in the mountains, swimming, gardening, growing vegetables, doing yoga, listening to music and, of course, reading lots of books.