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September 4, 2012 10:24 AM Subscribe
Name The Book: scifi/fantasy, character who reproduces by budding and then has mirror-image interactions with their offspring.
posted by cmyk to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
This is the only thing I remember about this book, and I have wondered about it for years: there is an alien or critter or Fantasy Species character which reproduces by budding like an amoeba. When the process is complete, there are two identical versions of this character. When Character tries to communicate with its new offspring/clone, it's like waving at a mirror: since they are identical, they try to speak, try to gesture, stop talking and wait for the other person to talk, all simultaneously. Eventually I think they gave up and wandered off -- and from there the book followed both Character and Bud as they became rather different people due to the things that happened to them.
I read this at least fifteen years ago and there have been many many books since. All I know is that it was a little mass-market genre paperback, and maybe part of a series. That concept, and the scene where it happened, has stuck with me ever since.
Was it any good? Should I read it again?