Saturday, August 17, 2013

"Selected Short Stories Featuring Analog Memory" by Nicolas Wilson

Selected Short Stories
Featuring Analog Memory
by Nicolas Wilson

Selected Short Stories Featuring Analog Memory collects sixteen of Nicolas Wilson's earlier short stories. These stories are dark, brooding, and entirely too intimate.
Uncanny Valley: A man forced to be a luddite in a robotic world, by medical necessity, ponders whether his new fling is human.
Censlus: A census worker is murdered while doing his job.
Seed: An old woman meets a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting.
Faith Emmanuel: After a carjacking, a student finds himself financially at the mercy of a corrupt medical system.
Family Business: A marital fight ensues after a husband involves his kids in a life of crime.
Brickmouth: A buried vampire awakens.
Laborious Love: A robotic engineer builds the perfect girlfriend, and the perfect relationship.
Jesus Loves Me (Just Not That Way): A man wrestles with his sexuality.
Unlucky At Math: An intellectual ruminates on his relationship.
Fighting Mad: A soldier considers the toll that the military takes on Muslim soldiers.
Cowgirl Up: A memorial for a stubborn woman's fight with cancer, and love of smoking.
The Courage of Our Convictions: An old soldier examines the leavings of genocide.
Medicine: A friend falls back into addiction.
The Cost of Being Me: Some ruminations on the possibility of heaven, while dying.
Randomly Accessed Memory: A head injury causes a man to lose his memory, throwing his life into chaos as he regresses to his last known lifestyles.
Analog Memory: A former CIA operative has his memory reset in an unorthodox way, and deals with the glitches of the new technology.

Here is the perfect analogy for this book: take a hundred or so thimbles, and fill them with something mysterious, alluring, and seductive to the senses. Then, quaff each thimble greedily until you finish them all. Then, realize that the thimbles were not enough, and rage in your unfulfilled angst.
Nicolas Wilson is an alchemist of short stories, turning the lead of a base idea into something much more precious - a vision. In this case, many visions. He possesses a dry wit that one finds in an accomplished satirist, and many of his stories dip into samplings of high hyperbolae that only men such as Vonnegut tap into to exploit the absurd and surreal. I was particularly tickled by his imagery in Laborious Love as he described Hitler having a sex doll by way of Japanese robotics made up to look like Hirohito, and the consequent image of him having sex with it while it made its crying face after Pearl Harbor. That is the only spoiler I will reveal, for the rest is just too good not to pick up and devour for oneself.
My only complaint stems from my desire for more, or rather, a wish to see these visions magnified within the volume. I would have wanted more of the stories developed to a more satisfying outcome; Wilson is wickedly good at setting the table, but I want to eat the dishes he's prepared rather than have them whisked away before I could enjoy them completely. To conclude, I would say that you will most likely enjoy this volume immensely, but want to read more afterward.
Please sir, may I have some more?

About the Author
Nicolas Wilson is a published journalist, graphic novelist, and novelist. He lives in the rainy wastes of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two cats and a dog.
Nic has written eight novels: Whores: not intended to be a factual account of the gender war, and Dag are currently available for ereader and will soon be available in paperback; Nexus, The Necromancer's Gambit, Banksters, Homeless, The Singularity, and Lunacy are all due for publication in the next two years. Nic has also written several short story collections.
Nic's work spans a variety of genres, from political thriller to science fiction and urban fantasy.
For information on Nic's books, and behind-the-scenes looks at his writing, visit Nic's website. Sign up for his mailing list to receive a free novella, Dogs of War.