Literature / The Wolves of Memory
A short novel by George Alec Effinger
, better known for his cyberpunk MarÓd Audran
series. The story is a long and bleak exploration of illness and death, which were facts of life for the author. A very interesting case
of Life Embellished
The story follows the life of Sandor Courane
in, or rather out of, a world run by a 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.
This book provides examples of:
- Flashback: A very well-done use of the trope.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Courane suffers one upon noticing the first symptoms of D virus.
- Pietŗ Plagiarism: Courane carrying
Alohilani Rachel in one edition of the cover.