Frankly, I’m don’t really care much about the cloning debate. However, I did come up with a scenario where I might care: authors. I think this could be a real upside to cloning and we should look into this as soon as possible.
Now, I’m not trying to make it even harder for writers out there by increasing competition exponentially. Writers have it tough enough with changes in how the population of the world takes in information and a general tendency toward turning into Gomer Pyle. That isn’t why I’m advocating this position.
No, the reason I’m trying to start this bandwagon is the fact that it has been quite a while since I’ve read any new Philip Roth novels. I’ve gone through them all (except his nonfiction bio and collections of essays) and need more. Haruki Murakami too (except the nonfiction What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and possibly a few essay books or whatnot not published in English). Same thing for Tao Lin (other than his poetry). Don’t even get me started about Chuck Palahniuk.
So, imagine if we cloned each of these people and got them working on different projects. One person can only write so much, but what if there were two of them? Or more? Sure, a clone of a writer may not write like that writer…but can we be sure of that before we try? I don’t think we fully understand the possibilities yet.
In short, whoever is in charge of this sort of thing, please make clones of Haruki Murakami, Chuck Palahniuk, Philip Roth, Tao Lin, and every other writer I like. Make sure they can write like the originals and get them going. I simply need more to read than they can possibly be reasonably be expected to write. Come on, help a guy out.