yeah the clones certainly weren't unthinking, unfeeling automatons-- but they were incapable of disobeying an order. Like, they didn't just have a tendency to follow orders, they were physiologically incapable of not following them. Which I know seems contradictory, but it's not, which is what makes clones so fascinating when written properly. It's late and I need to sleep so I'm not gonna dig up quotes right now but Stover in particular is fantastic at depicting what this dichotomy's like-- check out the end of Shatterpoint, the short story "Equipment," and the Klick parts of Shadows of Mindor in particular for how this works. CooperTFN - yeah, I guess I might be sort of giving the writers too much credit here.