A short novel by Creator/GeorgeAlecEffinger, better known for his {{cyberpunk}} ''Literature/MaridAudran'' series. The story is a long and bleak exploration of illness and death, which were facts of life for the author. A [[TropesAreTools very interesting case]] of LifeEmbellished.

The story follows the life of [[AuthorAvatar Sandor Courane]] in, or rather out of, a world run by a [[AIIsACrapshoot malevolent AI]] by the name of TECT. An incredibly unlucky man, Courane is nominated by TECT for jobs he simply cannot do adequately. For his disobedience, the computer exiles him to a prison planet known simply as Planet D, or Home. He lives a simple pastoral life along with a small cadre of fellow prisoners. In a story told through flashbacks, it becomes clear that everyone who enters Planet D quickly succumbs to a debilitating form of memory loss and dies within a year. With Courane determined to cure himself and strike back against TECT, but absolutely powerless, the story that follows serves as a fine instigator of clinical depression.
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!! This book provides examples of:

* AIIsACrapshoot
* ApocalypticLog
* BlackSpot: The first symptoms of D virus function like this.
* TheEveryman
* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead: In the last 10 pages]]
* {{Flashback}}: A very well-done use of the trope.
** InMediasRes
* HeroicBSOD: Courane suffers one upon noticing the first symptoms of D virus.
* KillEmAll
* [[spoiler:ICannotSelfTerminate: TECT, but was [[MoralEventHorizon all that]] really necessary?]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Averted, as D virus sufferers lose more than their identities, and it's not just applicable to the past.
* TheLastDance: ''The entire story.''
* NoteToSelf: A main plot point.
* PietaPlagiarism: Courane carrying [[strike:Alohilani]] Rachel in one edition of the cover.
* PutOnABus: Every single named character besides TECT.
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