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I have worked with Resa several times and read the entire
Dragonslayer series that she wrote. (Which I loved)
I haven't read All of Us Were Sophie yet,
but am totally dying to do so!
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a magnificent Guest Post from Resa!
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All of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson
What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?
Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide. But Sophie has a unique option. Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts. She knows how the duplicator works.
Will it work for people? No one knows.
There’s just one problem: the duplication process destroys the original. The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.
Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence. Before she takes the leap of faith to use the duplicator on herself, she creates a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure it out in time to save herself.
What Would You Do If You Could Copy Yourself?
By Resa Nelson
What would you do if you could make copies of yourself?
Like many people, I often feel overwhelmed to the point where I wish I had more of me. Instead of feeling pulled in so many different directions by so many different people, I could split up tasks and responsibilities among however many “me”s existed. The goal would be to lessen the load for all of us so we could get some rest and maybe even have some fun.
That’s what first gave me the idea for my newest novel, All Of Us Were Sophie, a murder mystery about a woman who duplicates herself because she doesn’t know who’s trying to murder her, and the killer is quickly closing in.
I like to research my novels before I write them. Luckily, one of my friends (who’s also a science fiction writer) is a scientist. He was kind enough to share his opinion on how human duplication could be accomplished. (And to be clear, I’m talking about instant duplication, not cloning. If you cloned yourself, you’d get a baby with your DNA. If you duplicated yourself, you’d get exact copies of who you are right now, complete with your personality and life experience.) One thing he said both startled me and convinced me to write this novel: the process of duplication would destroy the original.
That means my main character Sophie knows that if she makes copies of herself she’ll be killed by the process. If she does nothing, her would-be murderer will corner her and her life will end. On the other hand, if she chooses to make copies of herself, the duplicating machine will kill her. Either way, her days are numbered. But if she makes copies of herself, at least one of the Sophies is likely to escape the killer stalking her. Sophie rationalizes that if one of her copies lives, she will continue to live through that copy.
But if more than one of the Sophies escapes the killer, then how do they split up the life that Sophie has created for herself? It’s the perfect second chance to re-think her life. Make different choices. Even take steps toward the life Sophie thinks she could have had if she’d taken a different path.
Which begs the question: if you could make copies of yourself (and live instead of being destroyed by the duplication process), would you do it? If so, how would you split up your life – or would you let one of your copies take over the life you have now so you can start a new one?
Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).
Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Resa lives in Massachusetts.
Visit her website at http://www.resanelson.com
and follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson.
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