One of the bedrock concepts in science fiction is cloning human beings and the impact of human cloning on society. Often running parallel to that common sci-fi trope is cloned soldiers. For some creators, their future interstellar military organizations march to war and defense with soldiers of the same face and thousands different fates on off-world battlefields. In this installment of FWS, we will be looking at the cold reality of cloning, the status of the cloned GIs, and does it actually make logical sense to fill your ranks with clones? This has been a topic that FWS should have covered sometime ago, but it is high time to discuss the bedrock concept in military science fiction of using cloned soldiers.
Blade Runner films how important memories can be to humans and the films raise many ethical questions about creating fully matured people ready to work, kill, and die, but are not fully human themselves. Another issue that has been covered in the Blade Runner films, the Old Man's War series and Ghost in the Shell if you can implant the memories from the original person into a clone body, then there is identity confusion in both. That can be even more dicey when comes to clones in combat as we saw with the Humanoid Cylons and the Raiders.