Science fiction novel from 70s or early 80's I think, about a woman repeatedly murdered and restored as a clone with only memories up to last backup.

The novel is about her search for her murderer and his/her motives. In this society cosmetic genetic mods are normal - protagonist likes her legs lengthened and lower legs covered in long fur.

At one point another clone appears who is a deep space pilot and is modded to have only one arm and one leg, so that in zero G she can get around her spaceship through special tunnels.

Another clone is a deep space asteroid(?) miner and is modded to be photosynthetic.


The murderer turns out to be the woman's own illegal clone - a male. Killing her out of jealousy I think?

  • Hi there. That's some good info already; just in case, please take a look at these guidelines on story-id, see if they trigger any more memories you could edit in. For instance how old is "old"? 90s, 60s? Any recollection of the cover? – Jenayah May 5 '19 at 8:14
  • I think it was 70's. No idea at all of cover. I was thinking it was Ursula Le Guin or Vonda McIntire but searched their bibiographies with no success... – MinMcQ May 5 '19 at 8:26
  • FYI I also posted this same question on the GoodReads group "whats the name of that book" – MinMcQ May 5 '19 at 8:41

That is definitely The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley, which contains all the elements you mention.

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    MinMcQ, if this is the right answer, you can accept it by clicking the checmark on the left. Please do; it will show everyone the mystery was solved, and reward both you and Mike with some reputation :) – Jenayah May 5 '19 at 9:01

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