- My Brother's Keeper (Charles Sheffield novel)
My Brother's Keeper
Cover of first edition
Author(s) Charles Sheffield Country United States Language English Genre(s) Science fiction novel Publisher Ace Books Publication date 1982 Media type Print (Paperback) Pages 216 pp OCLC Number 8720072
The story takes place in approximately 2000 from the perspective of the early 80s. The hero of the story is a professional concert pianist, who has a twin brother who does mysterious work for the US State Department. The brothers are in a helicopter crash and in order for one of them to survive, doctors use experimental neurosurgery to combine parts of their remaining brains. When the patient awakens, the pianist brother is in control of the body, but has access to his brother's memories and realizes he must complete the spy's last mission for him.
John Clute described the novel as "energetic [but] culpable in its partial failure to deliver the goods," faulting Sheffield for setting up "a split-brain problem to end all split-brain problems" posing significant philosophical issues, then jettisoning them to write "an international chase thriller."
- ^ Clute, John (December 1982), The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, pp. 47–48
Novels by Charles Sheffield The Proteus UniverseSight of Proteus (1978) • Proteus Unbound (1989) • Proteus in the Underworld (1995) The Heritage Universe Other novelsThe Web Between The Worlds (1979) • My Brother's Keeper (1982, revised 1998) • The Selkie (1982) (with David Bischoff) • The McAndrew Chronicles (1983) • Between the Strokes of Night (1985) • The Nimrod Hunt (1986, revised 1993) • Trader's World (1988) • Brother to Dragons (1992) • Cold as Ice (1992) • Godspeed (1993) • The Mind Pool (1993) • The Judas Cross (1994) - With David Bischoff • The Ganymede Club (1995) • Higher Education (1995) • The Billion Dollar Boy (1997) • Putting Up Roots (1997) • Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1997) • Aftermath (1998) • The Cyborg from Earth (1998) • Starfire (1999) • The Spheres of Heaven (2001) • Dark as Day (2002) • The Amazing Dr. Darwin (2002)
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