Review: A Memory Called Empire

This year’s 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel as Arkady Martine’s tale is an accomplished work about an inexperienced, newly appointed ambassador who faces the daunting challenge of adjusting to a new culture, whilst also investigating the circumstances of her predecessor’s suspicious death. Her perilous situation is personalised as an outdated version of her predecessor happens to inhabit her mind as an ‘imago’, a future tech system that enables memories of the dead to be preserved in another human’s mind. I look forward to finishing this novel, particularly Arkady’s take on technology of the future and its impact on the individual, society and empire.


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Michael Leon is an explorer, writer and author of the new novel, Sentient. Professionally trained in international trade, Michael has  spent the last decade reading and writing SFF novels about new and future worlds to be explored. His latest work, Sentient, imagines Earth in the year 2120. Michael has traveled extensively around Europe, walking the paths of his characters, from the famous European opera houses in Phantoms, to the mountain tops of Switzerland in Emissary

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Phantasm is the genre-bending scifi/fantasy-romance novel follow up of my 2019 book, Phantoms. Phantasm follows one AI sentient journey, Baron, whose loyalty for a famous opera singer, Madame D'Arenberg, sets him on a dangerous course that entangles 22nd century technology in the Phantom's 20th century dark web.

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