Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Clone Song: You don't need to

Oh, give me a clone
Of my own flesh and bone
With its Y chromosome changed to X.
And after it's grown,
Then my own little clone
Will be of the opposite sex.

The Beam Me Up blog has posted "The Clone Song", a ditty sung to the tune of Home on the Range, penned by Randall Garrett and Isaac Asimov. As the first verse above suggests, it's all about -er- self love.

It actually reminds me a bit of "Nine Lives", Ursula Le Guin's clone-based short story that was published in Playboy in 1969. Those clones didn't need anyone but each other either. (I find the whole "if I had a clone I'd be totally into incest" theme a bit creepy, but it's a popular one in SF.)

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4 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

Popular, yes...but as a speculative fiction, ahem, lover, I am a bit distressed by the trend. But it does seem to illustrate the inherent and yet mostly unacknowledged narcissism in the human psyche!

Arvind Mishra said...

Could the verse be called SFP Peggy?

Arvind Mishra said...

Peggy,
We had a SF Poetry session in just held sf Conference in India at Aurngabad ,the place of famous World heritage sites of Ajanta n Elora caves -so the above query in that perspective only! Asimov was very fond of limericks like these ! But could we call this one too an sf poem? Or an SF limerick?
Would you enlighten pl?

Peggy said...

I would definitely call it SF Poetry, since it's based on science that's still in the future - not only when it was written, but even today.