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Persistence of Memory: 08/16/08
Persistence of Memory by J. M Snyder was originally published as an ebook and then republished in an anthology called Forever After. Although I read it in the anthology, I have chosen to use the original artwork. The novella was a 2008 finalist in the GLBT category for the EPPIE Awards.
Persistence of Memory, set in future in a time when the government culls population at random for use in its army. Memories are erased and all the focus is on training to be a soldier. Snyder asks, can love persist against such odds?
After five years of planning his escape, Joah manages. He only knows his name (which he shouldn't) and that he wants to be free. He fights the chip in his head that demands he go back to the base and he runs on a leg wounded by a bullet until he can run no more. Fate, or love, or luck or some combination of all three has brought him home. Can his husband, Tobin, help him pick up the life that was taken from him when he was culled?
My only complaint with Persistence of Memory is that it's too short. It comes in at 62 pages and I want more. It's a well told story in an interesting science fiction setting. It's full of raw human emotion with a poignant ending.