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 Her perilous situation is personalised as an outdated version of her predecessor happens to inhabit her mind as an ‘imago’, a future tech system that enables memories of the dead to be preserved in another human’s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.


MICHAEL LEON

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer

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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Sentient is the story about Dane, who is returning to Mars, the home of his youth, where his pioneering parents perished while developing a rare natural resource, Elithium, the only known major deposit in the solar system.

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