Sent off my short story, “Retire”, to Asimov’s Science Fiction. I had originally written it and submitted the piece to Underwords for their upcoming YA anthology, “Futuredaze.” My rejection letter stated it was well written, but not what they were looking for.
Which I could see that being the case. “Retire” has a pretty dark tone. But I thought the message was fairly interesting and wanted to get young minds thinking.
The premise was fun. I took the idea of a clone army from Star Wars and smashed it together with a particular character from Les Miserables. The short wanted to explore a simple question, “Is a clone a human being?”
One of my writing group members was very quick to say, “Well of course they are. A clone is identical down to a cellular level” (She will forgive me for paraphrasing her argument, I hope). And I can definitely see her point. Coming from a purely scientific point of view, a clone is as much a human as the next guy.
But metaphysically speaking, is a clone really a human? Especially when we’re talking about vast armies cloned off of one man, who have all been genetically altered as well. What makes a human, human? It’s fun to think about and explore through stories.
What I’m hoping is that the good folks at Asimov like the story.
We shall see.