“THE COPY” by Paul Jennings
What side are you on?
This short story about the Cloner machine makes it more difficult to make up our mind concerning an option.
Half scifi half reality, the story is indeed comic and sarcastic but also puzzling and intriguing.
It makes us aware, in a light tone, that technology experiments and advances may be both a blessing and a nightmare depending mostly on your judgement to use it safely and reliably.
If you blindly embrace its “wonders”, “miracles” and “spells” you are prone to be misled, fooled, trapped and victimised the same way Doctor Woolley, the lunatic scientist, creator of the Copy machine, and the real Tim were all right.
Tim´s clone turned out to be so a perfect replica of his methat neither of them knew who was who. They were just a mirror reflection, identical in everything. However, inexplicably, the me-copy proved to excel the me-originalending up, by using the Cloner machine, to be the exterminator of the real me!...
What a mess!
Beware! Don´t mess around with high tech. Out of the blue you might wake up choking and “wriggling like a dying worm” on an alien planet!...
Teacher Rosa Barros