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What were the prevailing real-life cultural connotations of "clones" in 1975 (Star Wars' 3rd draft)?

The protagonist of Clarke's Imperial Earth (1975) is explicitly a clone. The Duplicated Man (1953) by James Blish and Robert Lowndes revolved around a machine that can duplicate people. The fictional ...
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How do the embryos in Brave New World split into 96 by doubling?

To quote from the same paragraph Identical twins, but not in piddling twos and threes as in the old viviparous days, when an egg would sometimes accidentally divide 96 embryos is accomplished by ...
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What is the earliest story to deal with clones?

Brave New World 1931 (published 1932, Aldous Huxley). The Bokanovsky process which was enacted before birth in which the newly fertilised egg was forced to divide an arbitrary number of times to ...
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Short story about a man who makes miniature clones of the female coworker he's attracted to

"One-Shot Beamish and his Wonderful Feminals" by Jay Sheckley They were six inches tall and slim as a thumb. They were feminals -- female animals. They were friendly, high-strung, healthy, ...
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Golden Age short story about carnivorous aliens that pay humans a license fee to clone them for meat

Larry Niven's "Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing!" (ISFDB) from his The Draco Tavern stories as seen on the TV Tropes To Serve Man page. A minor character tells the (...
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What were the prevailing real-life cultural connotations of "clones" in 1975 (Star Wars' 3rd draft)?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word clone first entered English as far back as 1903 to describe plants that were duplicated through grafting (or similar). Another early use of the ...
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Book about a group of kids that were cloned from criminals

This is Masterminds by Gordon Korman. Eli Frieden has never left Serenity, New Mexico...why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and ...
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Short story about public-domain clones of historical figures

Pretty sure this is Out of Copyright by Charles Sheffield, first published in the May 1989 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. The story is set in the mid-21st century, and the ...
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How do the embryos in Brave New World split into 96 by doubling?

I don’t think the existing answer is correct, for two reasons: The text it cites about “twos and threes” is not referring to Bokanovsky’s Process, but is actually contrasting the process to the old ...
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What is the earliest story to deal with clones?

The Tissue-Culture King 1926 Not full clones but cell line tissue cloning. Basically a tribe that worships their chief and elders switch to preserving cell lines. Which greatly expands the freedom ...
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Novel where a genius child secretly makes clones of himself

This is probably Robin Cook's Mutation. Victor Frank, and his wife Marsha, are unable to have a second child due to Marsha's infertility. They turn to surrogacy as an alternate method of conception. ...
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What is this from: beheading, head stolen in heist, and connected to new body?

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus contains an execution scene that follows pretty much as you describe. It takes place pretty high up for all to see. The head is dropped into a chute that leads to an ...
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What were the prevailing real-life cultural connotations of "clones" in 1975 (Star Wars' 3rd draft)?

Cloning as a scientific process might not have been mature in 1974, but the idea of a Doppelgänger had been around for hundreds of years A doppelgänger (literally "double-goer") is a non-...
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Why doesn't the Separatist Army use more non-droid soldiers?

In-universe, you do see other species fighting for the CIS in the Clone Wars, but just in their homeworlds: Genosians and Umbarans are the two who come to mind. However, from a logistical standpoint ...
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Looking for a story about cloning and brain transplants

This is "The Extra" by Greg Egan. The story is about a rich man who makes clones of himself. The clones are fed and exercised so that they will have perfect bodies, but are not given the ability to ...
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What were the prevailing real-life cultural connotations of "clones" in 1975 (Star Wars' 3rd draft)?

According to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction one of the first uses of "clone" for people instead of plants (where the usage is much older) was the book The Biological Time-Bomb (1968) by ...
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Looking for Old scifi/mystery book: young man investigating a old mystery about a group of super intelligent kids, clones,

This sounds like Brain Child by George Turner. It was published in 1991 so you could have read it ten years ago. Young journalist David Chance, who had thought himself an orphan, receives a message ...
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Did Clone troopers suffer from PTSD?

In the Star Wars: Rebels episode “The Last Battle” some have argued that Rex shows signs of PTSD when he appears to have a flash back in which he calls Ezra, ‘Cody’ one of his former comrades. ...
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Book series about pairs of clones, Pratwa, that were mentally linked

These are the Paratwa novels by Christopher Hinz: In Christopher Hinz’s award-winning, postapocalyptic sci-fi trilogy, the Paratwa are genetically modified assassins who occupy two bodies ...
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Book/book series where the main character's mind is copied into different alien clones

This might be Jack Chalker's Four Lords of the Diamond series: The Warden Diamond is a system of four planets, ruled by their own lords, collectively called "The Four Lords of the Diamond". ...
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Episode of a sci-fi show in which the main character is stuck in space; he combines alien DNA with his own and starts asexually copying himself

This is "The Joining" (1998), S04E13 of The Outer Limits (1995–2002). From The Outer Limits Wiki: When a transport ship crashes and wipes out the colony on Venus, Capt. Miles Davidow (C. ...
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Would certain defective clones have the inhibitor chip?

Probably The Bad Batch was designed as part of Kaminoan experiments in creating super-soldiers. According to the Databank: During the creation of the clone army, the Kaminoans made genetic ...
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Why Did the Empire Use Storm/Clone Troopers and not Droids?

The Senate banned them. According to the Rogue One Ultimate Guide, the Senate rolled out a mandate prohibiting the creation of battle droids This was done due to negative feeling towards battle ...
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Science fiction movie about a couple that happens to be clones of mother-son & their relationship is forbidden by law

This could also be Code 46. It features a relationship between a man and the clone of his mother. Society is regulated by various "codes". The code of the movie title prohibits "...
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TV series from 70s or 80s - 1 female pilot was cloned from the other pilot's fingernail

Quark (1977)? This TV series was a spoof of sci-fi movies and shows, it took place on a spaceship and had two clone women who were always arguing about which one was the clone and which was the ...
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Book about an individual that undergoes tests, dies and respawns somewhere else

This matches The World of Null-A by A. E. van Vogt. (The title was originally written as The World of Ā, but the nonstandard Ā glyph was replaced in later printings.) The Wikipedia plot summary ...
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What were the prevailing real-life cultural connotations of "clones" in 1975 (Star Wars' 3rd draft)?

The most widespread exposure to science fictional ideas comes though television, radio, comic strips, and comic books, since those are the cheapest to the consumer media and experienced by the largest ...
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Sci fi short story about a female activist that is really a clone of her virgin mother

Mary and Joe by Naomi Mitchison. I read it in the anthology Nova 1. It was published in 1962. Mary is a scientist and the activist daughter is Jaycie. The fact that Jaycie is a clone is revealed when ...
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Short story about a clone warrior who believes she's the original

Except for the end this sounds a lot like Greg Bear's classic "Hardfought" Prufax, the human clone pilot, is captured by a hydrogen-based alien that humanity is at war with. The alien, a ...
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When were the Clone Troopers replaced with regular humans?

Clone troopers were almost entirely replaced by human volunteers within 5 years after the end of the Clone Wars. The canon novel Tarkin shows that most stormtroopers were regular humans and that there ...
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