"A Borrowed Man: a new science fiction novel from Gene Wolfe, the celebrated author of the Book of the New Sun series.
It is perhaps a hundred years in the future, our civilization is gone, and another is in place in North America, but it retains many familiar things and structures. Although the population is now small, there is advanced technology, there are robots, and there are clones.
E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human.
A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the police. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then the plot gets complicated."
Everyone who wants to support the community is welcome to bid on items online here, and to attend the live auction. You do not need to be a member of HRSFA. HRSFA and the organizers reserve the right to decline bids or exclude troublesome individuals from the live auction if necessary.
To bid online, you will need to make an account on BiddingOwl, then return to this page to look at the item again.
Items that hit 5x their market value will go to live auction.
If you win an item in the online auction, the organizers will contact you for mailing or collection information. In the case of declined cards, the next highest bidder will be considered to have won and be contacted.
The items that go to live auction can be won even by those who will not be in Boston on the 12th. You can participate in the live event remotely by calling in to the auction by phone. If you want to do this, email hrsfaevents at gmail dot com before 17.00 EST (5pm in Harvard) February 11th to ask for the numbers.
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