The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler (1971)
Thinking persons’ sci-fi
Robert J Wilke
Review by Noel Baily
Pretty good for its day – thought provoking now, three decades on!
Elements of COMA and THE SIXTH DAY here, basically the moral, social and scientific implications behind cloning. Perhaps even more relevant today given the arguments being bandied about in the public forum for and against stem-cell research.
Dying Senator Zachary Wheeler is whisked into a government-funded and hushed-up medical facility in “no questions asked” Mexico for “treatment.” Reporter Nielsen smells a story – the “scoop” of the century as it turns out!
Without giving too much away, the basic premise turns out to be assembly-line cloning for random organ donation or whatever spare parts are needed – remarkably similar in ethical background to the entire stem-cell debate.