A novel I read in the early 80's but was most likely published in the 70's(?) begins with a woman being woken up. She is shown pictures of herself and it is explained to her that these were earlier clones of her and that she is herself a clone. She is pressured to perform some task and threatened with similar treatment if she tries to escape.

Can anyone help me recall the title?

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    I have a vague feeling that there was a John Varley Eight Worlds story with a similar plot, but I can't place it exactly. Of course, any universe with clone-n-backup immortality is a candidate for this plot. – dmckee Jan 13 '12 at 23:27

There is a forcing people to do things by serially murdering them sub-plot in John Varley's novel The Ophiuchi Hotline.

Other things that may be memorable about the novel include a trip far into Trans-Plutarian space with pilot whose body has been heavily sculpted to the point where her head is the widest part of the body; several instances of people being active in two or more bodies at once; and partial answers to questions about the Invaders and what is to become of humanity.

  • Just dug up a copy. The scene where she wakes for the third time and is shown a script of exactly what she said the previous two times she was cloned. Very surreal and powerful scene. Maybe thats why I thought of it as pictures, but it's definately Ophiuchi Hotline. Thanks. – Strangeland Jan 14 '12 at 2:27
  • Heh. I'm on a Varley roll this week. Now I need someone to ask about Titan or something... – dmckee Jan 14 '12 at 2:31

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