One of the greatest advancements in our universe is the art and science of cloning. Citizens keep their clones up to date using their amygchip, so that on their untimely demise they have a new body, ready for more adventures. With three types of clones and various modifications, there are many possibilities…
And the best way to explain them is with an episode of Parenting with Alika! We invite you to read the transcript below, so you too can get to grips with the next step of your mortal journey.
Parenting with Alika
<Parenting with Alika logo appears along with a jingle. Alika begins the episode standing next to a portrait of herself>
Hello, hello, and welcome back to Parenting with Alika! Special thanks to everyone who sent me their thoughts after last episode on teaching your kids economics – you inspired me to dedicate this tenspan’s episode to cloning. I spent a fair bit of time looking into this with my Anima consultant – thanks Nisha! – and now I will pass that knowledge to you. So open up your bank balance, because we’re going to buy ourselves some clones!
<“What Are Clones?” appears on the screen. Alika is slowly walking through a cloning center, pointing happily at the dormant bodies within the vats>
Cloning is a given nowadays, but a lot of thinkers had to work hard to make that happen. The way I understand it, your consciousness is stored in the amygchip, a bit of pre-Cat technology that even our boffins don’t quite understand! Your consciousness is ‘updated’ to the Mesh constantly, so when you die and the transmission stops, your clone downloads your consciousness so you can have another go. Can consciousness really be stored as data? Is that all we are? Well, I’ve died at least four times and I’m still me, so I’m going to say yes!
<“Choosing a Clone” appears on the screen. Alika is now sitting down at a fancy restaurant, scrolling through a datapad while sipping a tall, blue drink with golden flakes>
Now that we’ve got the basics, you have to choose which kind of clone to use! Don’t worry, my writing team fact-checked and summarized everything for me, so we’ll go through it step by step, to make sure you choose the best clone for yourself and your lovely little ones!
The cheapest and least reliable clones are 3D printed. Given the high risk of mutations, I’ve personally never used them, but they cost half as many credits as vat grown clones. I’ve heard that you can take advantage of those mutations to make clones better than your original self, though that process costs 20 bonds. That’s the only modification you can make, though – no changing genotype or keeping any physical changes to your agility, stamina or endurance from training your previous body. On the other hand, thanks to the way your amygchip works, you’ll remember everything you learned, so all clones will keep your social skills and intelligence intact!
Vat grown clones are similar to 3D printed ones, but the rate of mutations is lower, and you can change your genotype for 20 bonds, if you fancy walking in someone else’s shoes. If either 3D printed or vat grown clones appeal to you, remember that clones need time to grow before they’re ready. This is called their gestation time, and it takes one day – 100 segments. If you’re in a hurry, you can cut that time in half with a measly 50 bonds for 3D printed clones, or 70 bonds for vat grown clones.
Lastly we have updatable clones, or Premium clones. These cost 99 bonds, and take twice as long to gestate, but they can update to your current physical characteristics – perfect for you athletes out there with great strength, stamina and agility! This apparently works even if you change genotype, so you’ll keep all your gains. Each time you update your Premium clones it will cost 20 bonds, but it can be done from any station, so remember to keep them up-to-date. Thanks to their flexibility, Premium clones are my official Alika Recommendation for the doting parent!
<“What about Death?” appears on the screen. Alika looks uncharacteristically somber as she sits in a dark boudoir>
I left the hard bit for last – death. Once you get a cloning licence, you’ll be reminded that you have a guaranteed ‘base’ clone in Tau Station, so even if you haven’t made arrangements, you’ll be alright. My consultant Nisha reminded me that Anima staff do an amazing job of keeping everyone alive, so it’s only if you visit Freebooter stations without sick bays that you even have a chance of dying. And with clones, death is no longer the definite end it used to be.
In fact, some people seek it out, and I’ve heard of termination pills being sold in Caen Stronghold. I accept everyone’s right to choose when they die, so while the thought scares me, everyone should be able to make an informed choice about their death. As for the viewers who asked me about immortality… Apparently it’s impossible, even with clones! The short version of Nisha’s explanation is that your clones age and grow with you, no matter how much you offer to pay, so you can’t just jump from young clone to young clone.
Until Next Time
<Alika wraps up the episode from the front steps of her own home, this time with her son Ekon by her side>
Death is hard to think about, even with clones, amygchips, and the technological advancements of Benevolent Dynamics and Anima (sponsors for this episode). Clones are a safety net for you and your loved ones, so stay safe, and treasure your time together. See you in the next episode!