"The China Doll" by Rachel Eliason


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Post June 24, 2012, 08:14:09 PM

"The China Doll" by Rachel Eliason

http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/shorts/2012/06/TheChinaDoll.html

An excellent story. It addresses an intriguing philosophical question. If you create an identical copy of a man, and destroy the original, is the copy the same man?

I can only say, I liked it.

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Post June 28, 2012, 12:35:59 AM

Re: "The China Doll" by Rachel Eliason

Very provocative, indeed. We have a long tradition of teleportation-gone-wrong stories; this is a good one to continue the line with.

This is a good story, but I have a personal problem with the concept of near-instantaneous teleportation (or what might be called a 'delete and copy' operation in this case). I can't get past the difficulty in all this. The 'delete' part of it isn't too hard for me, but -- how would one go about selecting the exact individual atoms needed to make the copy, and bonding them together at all, much less with the necessary precision? Especially since a good number of the parts are in motion just by virtue of being parts of a living organism . . . too much for me.

Maybe Mr. Wolfe will chime in on this . . .
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