Memes of Loss and Devotion

By Darren White

Sci-Fi, Short stories | Paperback, eBook


"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?


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"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 hap...


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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.


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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 goth...


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20 December at 08:56

"Memes of Loss and Devotion"

"Memes of Loss and Devotion is an unforgettable, enigmatic journey that readers will not forget. Intellectual and compelling, this is commendable material." 5/5 Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

"Darren White possesses a true talent for enthralling storytelling...these tales left a decided impact and I foresee myself pondering over them for quite some time, which, to me, is a sign of a great craftsman." 5/5 Deede

"Memes of Loss and Devotion’ is a heady, visceral trip—it will blow your mind away and choke your heart in a death-grip—and I mean that in the most positive way." 10/10 Meghan for New York Book Pundit

"What I loved most is the voice. The title evokes a feeling that carries throughout. Each story is told in a breathy, haunting way. Each story made me feel. Each story made me consider something I had never considered before." Samantha Saboviec, Magic & Mayhem

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