An inventor of a memory management device realizes his invention is showing him a memory he hasn’t experienced, a dangerous memory.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
This week I am again revisiting a theme or idea rather than the specifics of a previous story. Inventions, even when they do what they are invented and expected to do, sometimes have unintended effects. Some of those effects may be minor. Some major. The stakes get even higher when that invention is meant to directly affect the human body. And trickier when the part of the human body they affect is the mind.
The brainstorm actually began with a recurring stressful but everyday incident in my dream, forgetting my bag somewhere. In trying to explore what the dream could mean, I thought about the main character trying to make sense of a recurring dream. But I didn’t want to write about dreams, so what recurring thing could intrude on someone’s mind while they’re conscious? Memories. The idea of an invention triggering a recurring and intrusive memory occurred to me because I had recently recorded a podcast episode of one of my favorite stories, another tale where technology applied to the body does unexpected things, “My Homunculus Is Malfunctioning.”
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 35 seconds. No sound. Digital drawing. Composite image. Left bottom, a young man seen from his left side, from the shoulders up, with his eyes closed, with his hand in his hair. Faint words are visible in his hair. The word “Forward,” and below it, in reverse, the word “Backward.” He is in grayscale, while the rest of the image is in color. Behind and to his right is the façade of a diner seen from an angle. An “Open” sign hangs from the closed door. Four windows are visible. A sign above the door and windows reads “Singing Star.” Above the sign is a marquee with a huge five-pointed cartoon star hung in the center. The star has closed eyes with long lashes and an open mouth painted with lipstick. Beside the star are lines hung with musical notation symbols, flanked by more stars. Behind and to the left of the diner is a sign seen at an angle. The sign reads “Dr. V. Varma, Applied Transdimensional Theory, 8-9 PM, Auditorium.” To the sign’s left is a set of two theater chairs. A backpack lies under the leftmost chair. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mystery” are displayed in front of the image. The title card fades and lines from the story appear in text boxes: “Memories are unreliable…my extrapolation algorithm…following a path that human logic isn’t able to follow…the voice in my memory is yours.” Below the first and last lines faded reflections of the text appears below the lines. The title appears as the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]
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