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The year is 2109, and cloned humans, also known as replicants or "reps," are used for various jobs in The United States of Earth. Replicants look identical to humans, except for their feline irises. Repsā?? lives are short. They awake at age 25 and they live for ten years, at which time disease strikes them down. Bruna Husky, an incredibly striking rep with close cropped hair, incredible agility and strength, and tattoos to mark her status as a military replicant, discovers that other replicants have begun to attack. Bruna sets out to investigate the nature of these attacks, and in the process she finds that the memories implanted in replicants' brains have been corrupted, causing the violent outbursts.

This futuristic world is one in which corruption oppresses those who live in its society, and one in which the ideas characters build around their own memories are in question. This is the incredibly rich and detailed world created in the new science fiction thriller Tears of Rain (http://www.amazon.com/Tears-in-Rain-ebook/dp/B007TBXOMO/arstech-20), by award-winning author Rosa Montero. This innovative novel gives a nod to the replicants from Blade Runner (http://www.amazon.com/Runner-Anniversary-Collectors-Edition-Blu-ray/dp/B008M4MB8K/arstech-20)Ā*as well as the androids from the original text, Philip K. Dickā??sĀ*Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (http://www.amazon.com/Androids-Dream-Electric-Sheep-ebook/dp/B000SEGTI0/arstech-20)

Author Rosa Montero is an award winning Spanish journalist who has also written more than 26 novels in her lifetime. Most of her works are not available in English, and Tears in Rain will be the first introduction for many readers. Montero talked to Ars Technica from her home in Spain about the novel, and its implications in the real world as our own biotechnologies and efforts in artificial intelligence continue to go forward.

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