Please welcome fellow author Frasier Armitage who wrote 'Rememory', a mind-blowing novelette I read back in January 2022.
Frasier: I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between memory and identity. When my grandad was diagnosed with dementia, I watched him fade, and yet, so much of him was still there. It got me thinking about who we are, and what makes us who we are. Making memory a form of currency allowed me to explore that. Rememory turned out to be the kind of story my grandad would have loved.
Frasier: It took ages. Rememory is only a short novelette, but I went through dozens of drafts — changing it from first person to third, figuring out the right sequence of events, understanding the characters and world. It took almost two years before it was right. Proof that being a perfectionist can be a pain in the butt.
Frasier: It used to be quite formal. I would write for specific periods on set days of the week. But since my son arrived, it’s more a case of snatching time when I can get it. My stories consume my brain. Even when I’m not writing, my imagination is doing a lot of the heavy lifting by figuring things out. Writing with a small person demanding your attention at all hours of the day and night means I’m less often in ‘the zone,’ but strangely, the quality of my writing is more consistent. So my writing routine involves taking a lot of notes on my phone, and is often done on the go, guerilla style.
Frasier: I started writing because I had a bazillion story ideas and my wife encouraged me to write them down. But ever since I started, writing has helped me to understand so much about myself, and the world around me. It’s a part of me now. Like having an extra organ. In Rememory, people expand their wealth by hiring others to accumulate experiences they can spend, and these adrenaline junkies are known as Hard Drivers. But really, that’s what writing does for me. It expands my limits, and allows me to take adventures without me going anywhere. Ideas are like oxygen, and I’m very lucky to be able to share them. And when someone enjoys an idea I’ve had, or connects with it in some way — that’s the best feeling in the world.
Frasier: Science fiction is a kingdom where imagination rules. The only limits are the ones you set for yourself. Science fiction unites people by helping us to see beyond the confines of our world. It inspires dreams. It answers questions. It helps us to make sense of the future and the past. Also… spaceships.
Frasier: Recursion by Blake Crouch is phenomenal. It’s a story which plays with memory, but also adds a time travel element. I adore that book, and if you enjoyed Rememory, then Recursion is pretty much guaranteed to blow your mind.
Frasier: I only recently discovered Peng Shepherd, but she has an uncanny ability to write stories that flirt with fantasy, are niche and interesting, and yet, somehow also appeal to a wide audience. I don’t know how she does it. But I love all of her books. So she’s top of my list when it comes to authors to watch out for.
Frasier: A fan was inspired by Rememory to write a song that was based on the story. That song gives me chills every time I listen to it because, not only is it an awesome melody, but knowing that it was inspired by something I wrote gives me the biggest smile you’ve ever seen. Every artist hopes to inspire more art. But I never expected to. So if you read Rememory and it doesn’t inspire you to write a song, then don’t worry — I won’t hold it against you!
Frasier: My debut novel is coming out soon. It’s called New Yesterday and takes place in a city where events in the present can change the past. Adam is looking for a woman from his old life, but with history in constant flux, he’ll need to risk everything to find her, uncovering secrets in the process which will force him to choose between living the life of his dreams or facing the man he used to be. If you like the sound of that, then there’s a prequel novella to it which is out now. It’s called Yestermorrow, and all my mailing list subscribers get a free copy.
In the future, memory is currency. Felix is broke, on the run, with nothing in his head but a combination of numbers.
Someone robbed him of his mind. Now it's time he took it back.
★★★★★ "Armitage deftly executes the fresh concept of memory as currency. REMEMORY is part cyberpunk, part thriller, and a total blast to read. Truly captivating."--EL Strife, Author of the Infinite Spark series and Zedger
★★★★★ "A mind-blowing short story about a man on a perilous pursuit to take back his looted memories. I'd absolutely give it five stars."--Dawn Ross, Author of the Dragon Spawn series
★★★★★ "Phenomenal story...absolutely phenomenal"--Davene Le Grange, Poet and Author of The Cyber Punk: Ready 2 Play? and other science fiction
Frasier Armitage writes science fiction. Which is another way of saying he’s a thirty-something self-confessed nerd who sits in a dark room scribbling in notebooks about things that are currently impossible.
When he was a tyke, his first doodles were of spaceships and superheroes, robots and aliens. Nowadays, his stories have developed from sketches into words, which he’s filling books with.
When he’s not writing, you’ll find him with his wife and son, watching Keanu Reeves movies, or noodling on his guitar. He’s a part-time robot, full-time nerd, imaginer of worlds, and resident of Earth.
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Posted by Gaetan Clement (January 23, 2023)
Good interview! Based on it, I went and bought Rememory. Very interesting story, I read it over the weekend. I'll definitely keep an eye on mr. Armitage!
Posted by S. C. Eston (January 23, 2023)
it was worth it, wasn't it? I'm looking forward to reading more of Frasier's work myself, including his other novella, Yestermorrow, and his upcoming debut novel: New Yesterday. He's definitely an author worth keeping an eye on.