Just finished: Short Story – The Weight of Memories by Cixin Liu

Here’s the blurb:

From the author of The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and the forthcoming Death’s End comes a story about unborn memories.

First published in Chinese in Sea of Dreams, 2015, a collection of Liu Cixin’s short fiction.

My thoughts:

Ok, so some of the science here is just bad. It starts off with the old, “you don’t use all of your brain” trope, which is terribly annoying to anyone who takes an interest in brain science.  And while intergenerational trauma is a theory of human behavior, intergenerational memory not so much, but that is why it’s called science fiction, imho.

This story, like many by Cixin Liu, is pretty bleak. At the same time, it manages to capture the cyclical nature of hope and disappointment that is embodied (in this case literally) by the scientific process. It is a very short read but chock full of commentary.

Overall: 4 stars


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