The Problem with Clones

The Last Command

Bel Iblis gestured to the deck officer, who nodded and got busy. “All right, Leia,” he said, turning back to her. “What’s going on?”

Leia took a deep breath. “It’s the cloning, Garm. I know how Thrawn’s growing them so fast.”

The whole war room had gone dead quiet. “Tell me,” Bel Iblis said.

“It’s the Force,” she told him. It was so obvious – so utterly obvious – and yet she’d missed it completely. “Don’t you see? When you make an exact duplicate of a sentient being, there’s a natural resonance or something set up through the Force between that duplicate and the original. That’s what warps the mind of a clone that’s been grown too fast – there’s not enough time for the mind to adapt to the pressure on it. It can’t adjust; so it breaks.”

“All right,” Bel Iblis said dubiously. “How is Thrawn getting around the problem?”

“It’s very simple,” Leia said, a shiver running through her. “He’s using ysalamiri to block the Force away from the cloning tanks.”

Exchange between Leia Organa Solo and General Garm Bel Iblis in Star Wars: The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

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