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Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable by Cat Rambo

Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable by Cat Rambo 

I read this story in "The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015" and it was originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine.  This anthology was edited by John Joseph Adams and guest editor Joe Hill.

You can read the story for free here:   

This is a story about a man who lives during a futuristic time where cloning is just starting to come out of infancy.  The problem is there are still quite a few quirks in the process.  However that might be, he decides to take a look at what cloning might have to offer him. 

In the beginning of the story we find out he is wanting to do something nice for his mother.   Then we find out he is grief stricken over the loss of his wife.  What turns into a nice gesture leads to decisions that have to be made. 

I like the story and how it leads to the questions of what would the future look like if we could bring back the dead.  What would the world look like if we could just copy ourselves or our loved ones and know nothing bad could ever take them away from us. 

This story sort of revolves around that line of thinking.  It makes the reader ponder what existence could be like, but also, what should it look like. 


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