The blurb on the back:
Yesterday it was science fiction, today it's earth-shaking fact - human beings can be duplicated!
If you've read the sleeve-notes, then you'll be pretty much aware of what we're dealing with here. Just in case, here's a note from our Publisher:
With all that in mind, you won't be surprised to learn that the book was a hoax. Indeed, given the contemptuously limited amount of evidence produced, it's hard to comprehend how Sphere Books could have had any doubts on the subject. The names of neither the multi-millionaire who funded the project, nor the scientist who headed up the team, nor the surrogate mother are given - they are referred to throughout by pseudonyms (Max, Darwin and Sparrow respectively) - while the technical processes of cloning are not exactly examined in detail: you'd learn more from an alchemist's notebook.
Even so, this is not a complete waste of your time. Partly it's an entertaining excursion into fooling lots of people for some of the time. But it's also an intriguing snapshot of an early stage of a medical technology that has become ever more central to humanity's self-image: the fact that sleeve notes refer to 'genetic engineering' in quotes tells you how early it is. And if you read it in this light, you may find it's worth some historical attention.
You see, Rorvik may have been a charlatan, but I'd prefer to see this as a dramatization of technical progress than as a complete fraud. He'd done his reading, and he was aware of the philosophical issues that cloning raised - if he'd presented just this, then it would have been a perfectly decent non-fiction book, but it wouldn't have got much attention. By throwing in the wild card claim that it was already happening (they're here, they're here), he ensured the widest possible audience, and even managed briefly to provoke some kind of public debate on the subject. It didn't last, of course, but there's really very little in the social - as opposed to the scientific - side of this book that doesn't remain valid.
What Rorvik should have done is write a sequel dealing with the coverage that this book provoked. That would have wrapped up the story quite nicely.