May 16 in sci-fi history: Surprise, You're a Clone!

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May 16, 2017

On this day in 2013, one of science fiction's most beloved tropes became actual science when the first human stem cells were successfully cloned.

As scientists worked tirelessly for decades to make this happen for the good of humankind, science fiction writers and creators were terrifying audiences into thinking it was all going to be a grave mistake.

And almost always used as a surprise. Such as:

The Island (2005)

It’s not an AMAZING movie, but if it's on, we'll watch it. Scarlett Johannson and Ewan McGregor are living on an island. Clone spoiler: They're clones and their human equivalents can harvest their body parts at any time.

 

The Boys From Brazil (1978)

Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier and James Mason and Steve Freaking Guttenberg. In a spy caper where -- clone spoiler: they’ve cloned Hitler. A bunch of times.

 

Gattaca (1997)

Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law star in a gene-splicing action thriller where everyone looks great. Clone spoiler: Just kidding, mainly it’s Ethan Hawke running on a treadmill.

 

There are lots more. Who’d we miss? Go.