[Warning: May Contain Minor Spoilers]
My science fiction thriller, Memory Leak, is full of palindromes. From the tagline, “Live not on evil” to names like “Liam Mail” and “Kerrek Reinier.” My reasoning was to show that in the fictional society in Memory Leak, symmetry pervaded every aspect of life. From a person’s face, to their name, to their mannerisms, everything is symmetrical. I’ve heard from a few people that it took them two reads through to catch all of the symmetrical undertones.
The human mind likes patterns. If given the choice, our mind will put things in order, or make patterns out of nothing. Many found when first reading my novel that they didn’t notice some names and places had symmetrical features or names. That’s because their minds wanted there to be a pattern and so they naturally accepted it. I did this deliberately for one reason.
When the main character, Jonathan Hart, travels to Old Town, there is a stark contrast from the world he came from. Technically, my descriptions of the two sections of Nattan (Manhattan) were not too different. A few extra words here or there made a strong contrast in the mind. The difference between round edges and sharp edges on a table. It’s not something you point out at first and say “that’s what’s different.” Rather, it’s a feeling you get that one is more inviting than the other. My purpose was to convey the feeling that something was different between the two sections of town without telling the reader directly.
Writers: Do you employ similar techniques in your writing?
Readers: When did you notice the Palindromes? Also, how did your feelings of the main town and old town differ?
My recently published science fiction thriller, Memory Leak, has to do with genetically engineering the populace to look symmetrical from birth. As they age, they receive treatments to fix any problems arising from mutation, etc. I wanted to see where everyone stands on manipulating the genetic code to reap certain results.
Below is a list of possible directions genetic engineering may take in the future. If you’d like, respond to one or more with your view of the morality of the question.
1. Is it morally acceptable to screen out genetic defects or diseases?
2. Is it morally acceptable to choose the physical characteristics of your baby (i.e. designer babies).
3. Is it morally acceptable to create an exact genetic copy of the ‘father’ or ‘mother.’
4. Would the creation of designer babies create a subclass of human, and if so, would designer babies be looked down upon, or heralded as superior beings?
These are just some of the questions that are brought up in my book, Memory Leak. I hope you enjoy responding and take a look at my book at bn.com or amazon.com
My first novel is a science fiction thriller called Memory Leak. It was just released about a month ago by Salvo Press. Here’s a synopsis:
Every night, Jonathan Hart dreams of a cracked wasteland in the setting sun. By morning the image retreats to his subconscious mind. Again, he finds himself in a city of symmetrical people, where he is anonymous in his perfection. A voice in his head tells him there is more to life than following the will of his supreme leader, Liam Mail, and that there is more to his own life than he can remember. That there are things he can’t remember about the city of symmetricals that could tear down the fabric of his world. Now, Jonathan must fight against the forces that suppress his memories before his mind is damaged beyond repair. Can Jonathan expose the twisted truth about the symmetrical elite, and in doing so restore society to its flawed asymmetrical origins? Or will his efforts explode and create a MEMORY LEAK?
I was inspired to write this novel because of my interest in authors like Philip K. Dick and Kurt Vonnegut. The general premise is rather Dickian, while the voice and main character could have come form a Vonnegutian romp. It is rich with themes of morality, reality, and the science of choice. I recommend you give it a try. If you like what you read, tell a friend. If you review sci fi books on your blog, shoot me a message and I’ll let you have a review copy.
Memory Leak on Kindle
Here’s an example of a blogger who reviewed Memory Leak (in case anyone wants to follow suit): Ric’s Reviews
Buy it, Review it, Do whatever it is you do with it.