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Book Title: Memory Wire|
The author of the book: Robert Charles Wilson
Edition: Spectra Books
Date of issue: December 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780553268539
Format files: PDF
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A very cleverly structured novel by Wilson which revolves around various aspects of memory, set in a dystopian future where alien 'stones' have been discovered in South America.
Keller is an 'angel', a futuristic reporter whose memory wire inserts allow him to record everything he sees or hears, although angels, having a need to be dispassionate and removed from the object of their observations, must study a zen-like discipline to control their emotional involvements. He can therefore 'remember' everything.
Teresa, an artist, can remember nothing beyond a few years ago, but has constant dreams of a young girl asking her for help. She has a copy of one of the alien stones, which for her can retrieve memories of some of her customers if she is in physical contact with them. It also gives her brief visions of the aliens themselves, blue-skinned winged creatures whose thoughts and motives are unfathomable.
Byron is an ex-angel and an old colleague of Keller's. He is in love with Theresa and aware that she is slowly destroying herself through an addiction to drugs. Stories are emerging of new stones being found in the South American mines, stones with more powerful effects than the first ones found. Byron is planning a dangerous expedition to obtain one of the stones, in order that it may help Teresa find her memory and wean her away from her deathwish.
Meanwhile, a rogue intelligence officer, Oberg, is on a mission to prevent the stones being disseminated into the world. He has been driven psychotic by his own memories of war, and has a twisted insane logic that somehow makes sense in the context of what the stones are and what they are capable of doing.
It's an early novel, but one that is well-crafted and very well characterised. The setting is detailed and credible and nothing is there that doesn't need to be there. There's no padding out with vicarious bits of flashy technology just to make the story shiny. It's very dark in tone, but elegantly constructed. Very impressive.
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Read information about the authorI've been writing science fiction professionally since my first novel A Hidden Place was published in 1986. My books include Darwinia, Blind Lake, and the Hugo Award-winning Spin. My newest novel is The Affinities (April 2015).
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