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The Two Jasons, by Dave Stone

Second paragraph of third chapter:
I'd realised it was a cage early on, of course. All that business of me not getting out of the doors and stuff was sort of a clue. The question now was of who or what was doing it, and there was only one obvious answer.
This novel is rooted in two earlier works - Stone’s original introduction of the character of Jason Kane in Death and Diplomacy, and Philip Purser-Hallard’s story “Sex Secrets of the Robot Replicants” from the anthology A Life Worth Living (which I read last year but don’t seem to have reviewed). The Death and Diplomacy sections are rewritten from Jason’s point of view, which is nice because they were already the best bits of a decent enough novel. The concept lifted from the short story is that there are a load of short-lived Jason clones out there, originally created to help him with his xenoporn career but now roaming the universe. I was not sure if the whole thing really hung together, but it fills in the gaps in our knowledge of one of the key characters of Bernice Summerfield’s career. You can get it here.

Next up in this series: Nobody's Children, by Kate Orman, Jonathan Blum and Philip Purser-Hallard.

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