Evolution's Darling by Scott Westerfeld

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Does a clone have a soul? Darling, an astronavigational control unit and personal companion, achieves sentience and wants to know. Now, 200 years and an artificial body later, he is off in search of a dead artist, a living artwork, and the forces behind a mystery that spans the universe. Accompanied by a female assassin, he'll confront the Maker and get the answer.

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Scott Westerfeld was born in Dallas, Texas on May 5, 1963. He received a degree in philosophy from Vassar in 1985. Before becoming a full time writer, he held several jobs including factory worker, software designer, editor, and substitute teacher. His works for young adults include the Uglies series, the Midnighters series, and The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He also writes science fiction novels for adults. He has won numerous awards including a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award for Evolution's Darling, a Victorian Premier's Award for So Yesterday, and an Aurealis Award for The Secret Hour.
Published April 3, 2000 by Running Press. 290 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On planet Malvir, an entity called the Maker (a sort of duplicating machine with aspirations to become a sculptor) copied Oscar Vale to see whether it could, copied Vaddum, then exploded a copy of itself—Blast Event!—when Malvir's planetary artificial intelligence detected it.

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