Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Extra - Greg Egan

Short Story

Number of words : 6300
Percent of complex words : 13.3
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Average words per sentence : 23.3


Fog : 14.6
Flesch : 49.2
Flesch-Kincaid : 12.2


Daniel Gray

A wealthy man with Extras.

Sarah Brash

Owner of Continental Bio-Logic, and a recent former lover of Daniel's. She has a child by one of his Extras.


The Extra Daniel and Sarah used for sex.


The Extra Daniel chooses for a brain transplant.



Congenitally brain-damaged clones of oneself for organ replacement or brain transplant.


Batch D

Gray's most recent group of Extras.


Daniel and Sarah are billionaires with enough money to have clones of themselves grown to use in keeping themselves healthy and alive. The clones retain some sex drive, and one night they include C7 in a bondage threesome. Sarah gets pregnant by the Extra, and sues Daniel for paternity payments.

Daniel, to try and one-up Sarah on the PR front decides to undergo a brain transplan to his Extra D12. However, he wakes up as his old self in his old body - so what state is the Extra in? There would appear to be two versions of Daniel Gray now, given how the younger D12 body was talking to the doctors.

4 out of 5§ion=fiction

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