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12th Jul '16 8:06:46 PM ChronoLegion
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* This turns out to be the case in ''Literature/KnightsOfFortyIslands'', where children are abducted by a strange man with a camera, who takes their picture, after which they end up on an island chain somewhere. The protagonist meets a girl he knows, who claims to have been on the island for months, except he had seen her mere days before. They realize they're copies, so no one actually misses them or tries to find them. One guy's original is likely dead, as he claims to have been taken while falling out of a window.
12th Jul '16 8:01:52 PM ChronoLegion
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* This is combined with MentalSpaceTravel in ''Literature/{{Competitors}}'', where a travel agency promises anyone who signs a contract several years of adventure in space. They explain that the person's body will be duplicated on a distant SpaceStation, at which point the double can start flying and working, experiencing all the wonders of space adventure, while the original on Earth can track the double's progress through a browser-based online game. Of course, everyone thinks it's all crap. They pass through the door and nothing happens. Their doubles' reaction is of the "Holy shit, it's all true!" variety. The people at the agency don't understand how it works, as the device is provided by their alien benefactors. According to the claim, after 3 years, the double's consciousness is merged with the original's, allowing the original to experience 3 years' worth of extraordinary memories. Then again, life is cheap out there, so not many actually survive so long.
12th Jul '16 5:01:15 AM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Literature/TheGoblinReservation'' is built around this trope.

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* ''Literature/TheGoblinReservation'' has Peter Maxwell, who was abducted to a mysterious crystal planet and finds, upon his return, that "he" is built around this trope.a duplicate brought to the planet while the original died a week after returning from the original journey in a suspicious accident.
21st May '16 6:55:05 AM azraelfinalstar
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*** Although, it would make sense that he's the original, as he was kept in a completely separate location from the other copies, and later on Sonic survives a similar situation , so surely the UltimateLifeform could do the same.
1st Apr '16 11:02:31 AM Sharlee
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* Sam Vimes objects to using magic anyway, but in Discworld/{{Thud}}!, even when he gives in and goes to the wizards for help, he absolutely refuses to use teleportation because he's paranoid about the idea that the person at the other end isn't the same person as the one who was teleported.

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* Sam Vimes objects to using magic anyway, but in Discworld/{{Thud}}!, ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!'', even when he gives in and goes to the wizards for help, he absolutely refuses to use teleportation because he's paranoid about the idea that the person at the other end isn't the same person as the one who was teleported.teleported. Considering Rincewind once got badly battered by oncoming debris ''mid-transit'' during a teleport, Vimes's fear probably wasn't justified, but the Wizzard wasn't on hand to point this out.
1st Apr '16 10:58:30 AM Sharlee
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Occasionally, the dilemma may even be taken a step farther, if the TwinMaker in question ''doesn't make it clear'' which of the two is the "Twin": if it's just as feasible that the device teleports the person who uses it to the new location, while simultaneously producing an identical duplicate ''at the starting point'', then which one is the "original" person may be impossible to determine.

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Occasionally, the dilemma may even be taken a step farther, if the TwinMaker in question ''doesn't make it clear'' which of the two is the "Twin": if "Twin". If it's just as feasible that the device teleports the person who uses it to the new location, still alive and themselves, while simultaneously producing an identical duplicate ''at the starting point'', then which one is the "original" person may be impossible to determine.
1st Apr '16 10:57:17 AM Sharlee
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Occasionally, the dilemma may even be taken a step farther, if the TwinMaker in question ''doesn't make it clear'' which of the two is the "Twin": if it's just as feasible that the device teleports the person who uses it to the new location, while simultaneously producing an identical duplicate ''at the starting point'', then which one is the "original" person may be impossible to determine.
5th Mar '16 3:13:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'', where the aTan machine re-creates people after their deaths by replicating their bodies from the previous molecular scan and downloading the stored memories into the new brains. Originally, it is claimed by the aTan Corporation that each re-created person is indeed new, although they are considered to be the heir to the dead person's life. However, it is revealed later that re-creating the same person twice only results in one having a consciousness, while the other is a mindless zombie, only able to passively answer questions and perform routine tasks. This is due to something the aTan people call the "[[OurSoulsAreDifferent x-factor]]" that is present in humans and several other races. When a person dies and his or her body is re-created by aTan, this "x-factor" locates the new body and inhabits it, giving this new body the same consciousness as the dead person. For some reason, the aTan Corporation decides to keep this a secret from the general public, only informing the [[TheChurch Church of the One Will]] of their findings. Needless to say, the Patriarch immediately gives full blessing to aTan. After all, it's not every day that someone proves the existence of the soul.
* ChinaMieville's novel ''Literature/{{Kraken}}'' has a nasty subplot based on this idea, about an UrbanFantasy magician who developes a teleportation spell consciously inspired by ''Franchise/StarTrek'' transporters. He doesn't realise that the method actually kills the original and creates an unaware, perfect copy until the vengeful spirits of his dead former versions start haunting him. [[spoiler: The hero finally deliberately submits to this as a HeroicSacrifice, as it's the only fast enough way to get him where he needs to be to save the world.]]

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* Averted in SergeyLukyanenko's ''LineOfDelirium'', Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'', where the aTan machine re-creates people after their deaths by replicating their bodies from the previous molecular scan and downloading the stored memories into the new brains. Originally, it is claimed by the aTan Corporation that each re-created person is indeed new, although they are considered to be the heir to the dead person's life. However, it is revealed later that re-creating the same person twice only results in one having a consciousness, while the other is a mindless zombie, only able to passively answer questions and perform routine tasks. This is due to something the aTan people call the "[[OurSoulsAreDifferent x-factor]]" that is present in humans and several other races. When a person dies and his or her body is re-created by aTan, this "x-factor" locates the new body and inhabits it, giving this new body the same consciousness as the dead person. For some reason, the aTan Corporation decides to keep this a secret from the general public, only informing the [[TheChurch Church of the One Will]] of their findings. Needless to say, the Patriarch immediately gives full blessing to aTan. After all, it's not every day that someone proves the existence of the soul.
* ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's novel ''Literature/{{Kraken}}'' has a nasty subplot based on this idea, about an UrbanFantasy magician who developes a teleportation spell consciously inspired by ''Franchise/StarTrek'' transporters. He doesn't realise that the method actually kills the original and creates an unaware, perfect copy until the vengeful spirits of his dead former versions start haunting him. [[spoiler: The hero finally deliberately submits to this as a HeroicSacrifice, as it's the only fast enough way to get him where he needs to be to save the world.]]
9th Jan '16 5:18:19 PM Psyclone
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* In ''VideoGame/SOMA'', this trope (or rather [[spoiler:how it relates to human consciousness]]) turns out to be central to the plot: [[spoiler:the protagonist finds himself "transported" to an underwater base in the post apocalyptic future after a brain scan due to the scan having been donated to science and made into a standard template by his long deceased original self and the base's malfunctioning AI experimenting in creating new forms of life. Later on, he believes he is transferring his consciousness to another body in order to get to a deep sea trench without being crushed by the pressure and apparently succeeds, only to discover that actual transfer is not possible: only copying, which now means there is another Simon (that the player might decide to MercyKill or spare). At the end of the game, he experiences the flip side of this, when he believes he is transferring his consciousness to a paradisaical virtual world...only to remain in the same place, since another copy was created inside it, meaning he is now trapped forever in the bottom of the ocean.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/SOMA'', ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'', this trope (or rather [[spoiler:how it relates to human consciousness]]) turns out to be central to the plot: [[spoiler:the protagonist finds himself "transported" to an underwater base in the post apocalyptic future after a brain scan due to the scan having been donated to science and made into a standard template by his long deceased original self and the base's malfunctioning AI experimenting in creating new forms of life. Later on, he believes he is transferring his consciousness to another body in order to get to a deep sea trench without being crushed by the pressure and apparently succeeds, only to discover that actual transfer is not possible: only copying, which now means there is another Simon (that the player might decide to MercyKill or spare). At the end of the game, he experiences the flip side of this, when he believes he is transferring his consciousness to a paradisaical virtual world...only to remain in the same place, since another copy was created inside it, meaning he is now trapped forever in the bottom of the ocean.]]
9th Jan '16 5:18:03 PM Psyclone
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* In ''VideoGame/SOMA'', this trope (or rather [[spoiler:how it relates to human consciousness]]) turns out to be central to the plot: [[spoiler:the protagonist finds himself "transported" to an underwater base in the post apocalyptic future after a brain scan due to the scan having been donated to science and made into a standard template by his long deceased original self and the base's malfunctioning AI experimenting in creating new forms of life. Later on, he believes he is transferring his consciousness to another body in order to get to a deep sea trench without being crushed by the pressure and apparently succeeds, only to discover that actual transfer is not possible: only copying, which now means there is another Simon (that the player might decide to MercyKill or spare). At the end of the game, he experiences the flip side of this, when he believes he is transferring his consciousness to a paradisaical virtual world...only to remain in the same place, since another copy was created inside it, meaning he is now trapped forever in the bottom of the ocean.]]
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