Saga of Cuckoo
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|Published||1975 / 1983|
|No. of books||2|
Cuckoo is a new planet that has been discovered in a distant part of the galaxy. It is millions of kilometers in diameter but paradoxically lightweight. It has low gravity, an atmosphere and many strange lifeforms on it.
Physical travel to Cuckoo takes a long time, but items can be copied there using a matter transmitter and duplicator. This can include people. In the process, "editing" can take place to alter the body of the people transmitted to make them better able to carry out the mission. For the copies it is a one-way trip, and often a suicide mission.
In the second novel Cuckoo is discovered to be the outer surface of a Dyson shell around a star.
- Ben Charles Pertin - an engineer
- Napier Chimski (Doc Chimp) - an intelligent if pessimistic chimpanzee.
- Zara Doy - Ben's fiancee, married to Jon
- Zara Gentry - Edited Duplicate, Cuckoo
- Jon Gentry - Husband of Zara
- Jon - Edited Duplicate, Cuckoo
- Fifteenth (Org Rider) - Native of Cuckoo (Human)
- Redlaw - Native of Cuckoo (Human)
- Venus - Purchased Person, Cuckoo Station
- Valkyrie - Edited Duplicate, Cuckoo
- Nlem (Nammie) - t'Worlie
- Nloom (Nammie) - Edited Duplicate, Cuckoo
- t'Worlie - collective intelligence
- Sheliak - dough like beings
- Beta Boötis (Boaty Bits) - collective intelligence
- Scorpians - robotic lifeforms, resembling metal octopoids
The series explores several themes. The most used is the notion of an interstellar teleporter that leaves the original being behind and sends only a duplicate. When a person is duplicated, the original can just pass out of the machine without a second thought. However the duplicate arrives at the destination with the same state of mind as the original, and thus is shocked to realize that he or she is now stranded far from home. Another is the fact that the copies can be 'edited' at destination.
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