Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Memory Thief by Sarina Dorie
Release date: February 12, 2015
Sub-genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Neo-Victorian
What would the Victorian era look like if they had “rediscovered” space flight? Would the British be interested in colonizing the continent of America if they could colonize an entire planet?
Felicity is a young lady betrothed to a British noble of rank and fortune who will someday inherit a space station. Her life should be happy and perfect. Alas, she fears she will never achieve happiness—or wholeness—until her memories have been returned by the man who stole them.
In pursuit of her past, Felicity returns to an alien planet where she once encountered descendants of Japanese colonists from Earth who had settled millennia before. In doing so, Felicity finds herself falling in love with the alien planet’s leader, even though she is already engaged. Only when she learns to let go of her fears can she learn the secrets that may aid in the freedom of the Jomon people—and herself.
A sudden cry erupted from my throat. I covered my mouth as if I could stuff the pain back inside. I swallowed the tears and calmed myself. It was a long moment before my voice worked again.
“You’re lying. My sister is dead.”
From the fur pouch at his belt he removed a folded piece of paper. He opened it and held the paper out to me. On it was a crayon drawing of the jungle, plants and flowers depicted in vivid colors that only an artist could capture. FE was signed in the corner. Faith Earnshaw.
I shook my head. “Anyone could have drawn this. Anyone who found her crayons. And it’s too advanced for her skills.”
“Too advanced for the child you left, but not a young woman. This was drawn by Faith-san.”
He could even say her name correctly. I wanted to believe my sister lived. Imagining her as an adult filled my heart with so much longing, I couldn’t imagine refusing him. I folded the paper up and held it out to him. “If my sister is alive, you will show her to me first and then I will agree to your conditions.”
He shook his head at the paper I held out to him. “She is too far. I will bring Faith-san to you after you agree and the weather is clear. You need only consent to the wife-swap. I will not take your virtue. We will only trade memories.”
It was hard to say which I valued more, my virtue or my memories. I unfolded the paper and stared at the drawing again. I had come here to retrieve one lost treasure, only to be offered another.
Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, and Cosmos. Some of her novels include: THE MEMORY THIEF Series, SILENT MOON, DAWN OF THE MORNING STAR, URBAN CHANGELING, and GHOSTS, WEREWOLVES AND ZOMBIES—OH MY!
By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.
You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website: www.sarinadorie.com