Themes of Time and Memory

I have always been fascinated with relationship time and memory. Memories seem suggestible, subjective and are colored by emotion. Can we ever fully trust them? Are they able to persist in their own reality?

What if memories could be record by the state for monitoring and social control? What if you were offered the possibility of reliving your most precious memory – would you take it? And at what price? These are some of the questions I am attempting to answer as I write my new Sci-Fi novella, Memory Stalker…

The original idea for this came from my poem Pure Perfection:

Pure Perfection

It happens without warning,

The perfect moment, second, instant,

Fleetingly before it vanishes;

Grasping at its shadow,

Feeling its tenuous texture,

Luxuriating in the surreal essence,

Of past experience.

If only you could preserve it;

Then revive its sleeping princess,

With a stealthy lover’s kiss,

Back into your consciousness,

As if it were never lost,

Abandoned or forgotten,

Only, waiting to be recaptured.

In times of deep distress,

Of disinterest and disaffection;

Relive those precious moments.

Awaken the taste of madeleine cake,

And resuscitate your past,

Time remembered, time forgotten,

Memories intricately reconstructed.

Remembrance of lives once lived,

Of innocent, childhood tales,

And seductive lovers past,

Both saved and savored,

Sweet and persuasive.

Time can captivate and fascinate,

In its pure perfection.

First published in the Screcch Owl 2015

Human Synths v’s Auton Mannequins

Having recently had all the excitement of having my first android Sci- fi short story published at the amazing Pulp Metal Magazine, people have been asking – have you been watching Humans? In fact I hadn’t at the time I wrote Perfect Love, but of course, I couldn’t resist watching the series now that my story has been published; and it really was excellent, although I am glad that I didn’t watch this while I was writing, in case it influenced me too much!

The first thing that struck me on watching the first episode of Humans was the similarity in the opening scene set in the android warehouse, with and the very first Dr. Who episode I ever watched. That memorable episode, which was the first to feature with the wonderful actor Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who, had a storyline with terrifying Auton mannequins, who had come to life after a mysterious meteor storm. The Autons are completely devoid of emotion and were truly terrifying to their unsophisticated 1960’s TV audience. I think it was probably their complete lack of humanity which seemed so frightening; that something which looked like us, but didn’t feel anything, was capable of such merciless brutality.

The brilliance of new series, Humans, is the essential humanity of the androids, which appear to be much similar to us humans than the Autons. For most of the time we are left wondering, how much they actually feel and if it really possible to fully control something which is made specifically in our own image, and yet appears to have a life-force of its own. Are these androids, as in the Dr. Who programme, really a dangerous threat to the survival of mankind? Obviously in true cliffhanger tradition, we will have to watch the next series to discover their real agenda…

My android short story, Pefect Love, is set in the future of 2033, where android companions are a luxury as well as a growing market trend for international sales. A global manufacturer and distributer of companion androids decides to initiate an experiment to introduce human feelings into an android male – with devastating results… If you missed the story first time around, you can catch it here, with this link:  Perfect Love

Perfect Love by Sonia Kilvington

This is a Sci-fi story of mine about an android love robot who goes on the rampage. Its currently out at the wonderful Pulp Metal Magazine

PULP METAL MAGAZINE

Explanatory Summary of Supplementary Notes for Independent Inquiry on Report 2/XD71H: Deaths: Cause/ Failure of Experiment. Date 26/10/33

Ombudsman Investigator: Professor. D. Clarke, Department of Social Stability.

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