Luckily there is no known medical condition as amnesia that can be caught by breathing in the same air as someone with the condition. However, suppose there was, and no one is immune? This is the crazy idea that popped into my head during a hard bike ride up a steep Welsh hill.
I researched like crazy for 4 months to discover a) there was no known medical event of infectious amnesia, and b) that the concept – especially with retrograde amnesia (lose say a year’s worth per day backwards) – hadn’t been used in published stories, nor on TV or film. It took a year to create the first 100k draft. I showed and discussed it with SF luminaries such as Jon C Grimwood, Charles Stross and US writer, Brad Linaweaver, who all endorsed it. Also to pal, Allan Guthrie, who is an agent, editor and author of hard-nosed crime. He wanted me to rewrite and tighten like crazy. So I joined the BSFA Orbiters and it went through SF members that way – very useful. An agent took it on. Scottish publisher, LL-Publications snapped it up last autumn and ARIA had its release on August 1st 2012.
While writing the story I needed to know what made up the struts of the International Space Station. An email later and US astronaut, Leroy Chaio emailed me from space, while he was on the ISS! Not many authors have that privilege!
Title: ARIA: Left Luggage
Author: Geoff Nelder
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: August 2012
Price: paperback $14.99 (£9.99) e-book $5.99
Today, Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks in the desert town of Rosamond, all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack had caught an amnesia bug, and it’s infectious. Imagine the ramifications: The passengers arrive home infecting family; some shop en route infecting everyone they meet. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers just started work at the power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. All to shut in weeks. Ryder, in the UK, realizes what’s going on but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded valley, hiding from the amnesia bug?
Jon Courtenay Grimwood - “Geoff Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.”
Robert J Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project”.
“Geoff Nelder's ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in science fiction--the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.” - Brad Linaweaver.
“ARIA has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.” – Mike Resnick.
Kindle – Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/ARIA-Left-Luggage-ebook/dp/B008RADGYC/
Paperback Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/ARIA-Left-Luggage-Volume-1/dp/1905091958/
Publisher’s website with more details and formats. http://www.ll-publications.com/leftluggage.html
Buy it quick before you run out of memory!
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