Our special guest this week for Reading Day is Layla Dorine, who's been kind enough to share a bit of her future-Earth SF short story, Teaching Love To A Clone.
Tangled ethics in a charged political environment!
Teaching Love To A Clone
by Layla Dorine
Mankind’s war with visitors from a different world once left the human population reeling, but scientific advances soon allowed them the unique opportunity to preserve their species through the act of cloning. By sending the clones out to fight in the war, humanity was able to rebound, but none gave a thought to what would happen if a clone should learn to think of itself as anything but a weapon.
For Corbin, the night janitor in the cloning lab where generations of clones have been created, there is no longer anything jarring about seeing a partially formed clone move for the first time within the confines of it’s gestation chamber. He keeps his head down and his music up, trying to survive the war in the hopes that there might be something left of the world when the fighting is through. That all changes when he realizes that one of the latest clones, Ronin, is actually responding to the music.
Doing what he swore he’d never do, Corbin becomes invested in Ronin’s development, communicates back and forth to him through the glass, and later, teaches him about what he is, why he was created, and so much more. Beneath the backdrop of politics, questionable ethics, and the tail end of war, Corbin sets out to do something that the generals, the scientists, and even those who offered their genetic material to the cloning process never considered possible: Teaching a Clone to Love.
Amazon and Kindle Unlimited
About the Author:
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.