"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser


"Nine months after I died, my daughter gave birth to me." On February 22, 1997, the world was shocked with the announcement that a lamb named Dolly had been born, the first mammal cloned from adult cells. The reaction was overwhelmingly one of fear and anger - an emotional response that had little to do with the generic-looking lamb serenely staring back at us from our television screens. Everyone realized that if we could do it with sheep, then eventually we'd be able to do it with a human being. The Book of Adam opens with the night of his birth, his mother cradling his small body as she ignores the protests outside her hospital window, determined to give the clone of her late father, the child she thought she'd never have, a normal and happy life. A wish made impossible by people both outside their hospital room and within it. Adam's autobiography encompasses more than a century of human experience, from the birth of his clone-father in the early 1970s and extending into the 2080s, his book exploring the social, religious, scientific, and highly personal ramifications of a time when it has become commonplace to have your genetic twin born after you've died. His intimate memoir draws us into this intriguing world through his unique perspective - the bigotry he faces as a youth, the haunting dreams of the man from whom he was cloned, and Adam-2's private battle for his soul. It's a battle fought within an intergenerational family drama in which, like the House of Atreus, the players seem fated to struggle with the sins of the father. In the end, it's a story of one man's fear of death.

About the Author

Robert M. Hopper grew up in San Diego, but has also enjoyed living in many cities in California as well as NYC and Prescott, Arizona. He received his BA in History from SDSU, and has had the pleasure of working as a small-town newspaper publisher, theatre reviewer, technical writer, and bookstore clerk. Rob is the founder of the National Youth Theatre of America and reviews theatre for nationalyouththeatre.com and sandiegoplaybill.com. But his first passion was the world of fiction. This is his debut novel. He thanks his family, friends, teachers, and the theatre world for all they've done for him. This one's for Grandpa. I love you and miss you. www.robhopper.com

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