“Memes of Loss and Devotion” by darrenwhite, is a collection of 15 speculative, science fiction and horror short stories. It examines the human condition, our possible futures, our challenges as a species and our failings as sentient, supposedly intelligent beings.
Journey to a far future where all human minds are connected not only to each other but also to benevolent Artificial Intelligences. Technology may have changed, but the human condition has not, and neither has the human heart.
A not so random encounter in a hotel bar triggers unforeseen consequences, but just who is the hunter and who is the prey? If you thought that romance in the early 21st century is a minefield, just add advanced technology and see how much more dangerous it can get.
Can love survive death? What happens when devotion unexpectedly returns from beyond the grave? A doomed love triangle is destined to end in disaster in a haunting story of passion that can never be reciprocated.
What if men were obsolete? What if new technology meant that the human race could continue without them? How far would you go to prevent this?
Finally, a gun-toting, resourceful hero will get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the entire planet, probably…
In this collection, you will also experience a little girl arguing colonization morals with an elderly alien, while another girl will be ‘fixed’ by time travelling angels. An astronaut will be rescued (eventually) while another never will be. A deadly connection will be made. A private investigator will lose important parts of his memory on a distant moon. A future colonist never get his girl. A time machine will be abused. An alien observer will be lost. A sister’s sister will find her true home.
Just where might future technology take us if we are not mindful of the unintentional consequences? What will we get? The future we want, or the future we deserve?
Targeted Age Group: 13+
Book Price: 2.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
In science fiction it’s not enough to have compelling story inhabited by great characters, you also have to extrapolate a future technology, and then foresee all of the implications that your future technology will have on society and individuals. Then you have to repeat that for all of the technology in the world that you’re created. In effect, you have to invent an entire future society, its culture and all of the changes in behaviour that these technologies will necessitate. Ultimately, you need to invent a plausible and compelling technology that utterly changes human behaviour and capability, while still proving that despite this technology, human desires and drives remain unchanged. That’s a much greater burden then most of genres.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t give up! Keep writing and also keep reading. You have to read in order to have the basic tools to write. Also, be disciplined and single minded. Don’t let anyone diminish your self belief or stand in your way. Remember, your friends and family don’t know you as a writer, and getting them to believe in you is the first suspension of disbelief you have to overcome.
But mainly I think it’s a case of plot, plot, plot, followed by write, write, write followed by revise, revise, revise. Then it’s a case of work like a dog to promote your book.
Darren White is a British writer. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter. Raised in the heart of Robin Hood country, he read Computer Science at university in Sheffield.
“Memes of Loss and Devotion” is his first collection of science fiction and horror short stories. A science fiction novel, “The Fomalhaut Plague” will follow shortly. His second novel “glorious”, a futuristic gothic horror story, will be released after that.
Darren has been writing since he was a child. Unfortunately, none of his early ‘novels’ have survived. He wrote short stories throughout his teens. In 1999 his screenplay for “glorious” was long short-listed in the Orange / Pathé screen writing competition.
Since the 1990’s he has worked in IT. He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional, a Chartered Member of the British Computer Society and an Incorporated Engineer. He currently works as a Project Manager on ‘Big Data’ insight initiatives.
He has an interest in popular physics, molecular biology, astro physics, technology and computing. He knows just enough to be able to Google any required information.
All he has ever wanted to do is entertain and thrill with his writing.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As I worked on the third, and hopefully last, major revision of my novel “The Fomalhaut Plague”, I became impatient to release material, and I just had these stories sitting on my laptop hard drive doing nothing. So I picked out the best of them, gave them a major ‘spit and polish’ and packaged them up into this book.
Actually, I picked the ones that best fitted the overall themes of the collection, namely paranoia, loss, solitude and hopelessly misplaced devotion to lost causes. But don’t worry, it’s not all depressing doom and gloom, there are laughs in there too!