A Fistful of Clones - a sci fi/general fiction novel by Seaton Kay-Smith


Australian stand-up comedian and writer, Seaton Kay-Smith first wrote “A Fistful of Clones” as a screenplay that received an “Honourable Mention” in the 2011 Sundance: Table Read My Screenplay Competition. He decided in the summer of 2013/2014 to turn it into a book.

The hero of “A Fistful of Clones”, Henry Madison is an apathetic and immature young man who needs to find physical and inner strength in order to destroy his clones.  Although Henry eventually learns from his experiences, this is not a simple morality tale — though it could be described as an ethics’ one for future times—rather, it is also a fast-paced and darkly amusing story.  “A Fistful of Clones” will appeal not only to fans of sci fi but also to those who enjoy reflecting on what it is that makes you who you are. Is it your genetics or your experiences? The old ‘nature versus nurture’ conundrum—and the book entertains as it’s resolved!

Koeur’s Book Reviews: I read this in one sitting. GET IT! 4.4/5

onlinebookclub.org (Jesska6029): I give “A Fistful of Clones” 4 out of 4 stars.

SFBook.com (Allen Stroud): “A Fistful of Clones” is a great read that makes a tricky topic accessible, humorous and thought provoking.

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Seaton Kay-Smith has made a living as a comic writer and performer over the past few years.   He worked on Australia’s ABC2's now-axed “The Roast”, honing his writing skills there as well as on Dan Ilic's “A Rational Fear”.  His stand-up comedy one-man shows at the Sydney Fringe (2012-2014), Adelaide Fringe (2013) and Sydney International Comedy festivals (2013-2014) saw him develop the use of language for effect.

As a semi-finalist in the 2013 season of TV’s “Australia’s Got Talent”, Seaton impressed judge Dawn French who declared him ‘…surreal…clever… gorgeous…the Titter King without any doubt!’   His one-act play Arctic Fevers was selected and performed as part of Theatre 451's 2014 season in Melbourne. In 2014, Seaton wrote, produced and performed in “Lost Pilots”, a comedy radio series on FBi Radio, Sydney.

Seaton is head writer at Sydney film and design collective, Paper Moose, where he has written an online sketch comedy series called “Nick and Seaton” and several award-winning short films (48-Hour NSW Best Film 2010, films featured in Rottofest, USA Indie Fest, LA’s Hollyweb, Sydney Underground).   He is also a writer/participant in Big Head Mode’s Bonus Stage live video game talk show.  In May 2015 Seaton presented a solo show, “The Carnival of Regret: The haunted fairground”, for the Sydney Comedy Festival.   Seaton currently also has a feature film in development with Beyond Productions. (More on seatonkaysmith dot com)

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