Memory Wire

{4.5/5} “I think they simply wanted to make us whole… to cure what they saw as our tragic failure. Failure of memory. Which is failure of conscience. They were surprised, I would guess, by our capacity for aggression. For ruthlessness, for inflicting pain. Conscience is memory… and the stones would restore it.”

Memory Wire by Robert Charles Wilson, published in 1987

Teresa, Byron, and Ray are heading to Brazil. Teresa is trying to smuggle out a dreamstone that will allow her to remember her lost childhood. Byron cares for her, and is worried that if she doesn’t find what she’s looking for she’ll die. Ray is a Network Angel who will record everything he sees. Byron and Ray have been to Brazil before — they were soldiers during the war. But this time they’re going to an open pit mine.

In this book, his 2nd, Wilson creates the style that he’s known for — a mysterious event or object, and characters you care about whose lives are profoundly changed by it.

It’s about dealing with astonishing artifacts and unbearable memories.

I’ve read 16 of Wilson’s books. I previously reviewed A Hidden Place.

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