Today I’m pleased to have Grace Eyre, author of Prolongment, here on the blog to share her thoughts about prolongment memories and what she would do if given the chance to experience them. I hope you enjoy her post and leave her some comment love!
This week, to promote my new book Prolongment, I’ve been asked to describe the sort of Prolonged memories I’d like to have. What an interesting question! I should explain.
Prolongment is a science fiction ghost story. Wealthy old men and women enlist the services of a prestigious tech company, B&E Labs, to capture their conscious minds and project them, sans body, forward into time. Why would anyone do this? Because B&E’s clients are very old, or ill, and on death’s door. Also, the Prolongment procedure is so prohibitively expensive that only those with great fortunes to protect can even consider the procedure. These geriatric tycoons would give anything to make sure that their affairs are looked after when they die, but they can’t trust anyone but themselves. Alternatively, some people just want a few more years to live and think before they enter the great unknown. A consciousness flying free through the world and unencumbered by a body is surely the best way to spend the last few years of your life! That goes double if you long to be free from the pains and maladies of very old age. So Prolongment has its appeal.
I am neither old nor rich, so I’m not exactly B&E’s target audience. I’m sure, though, that like any advanced medical procedure, Prolongment would grow more affordable with time and find many more uses in a diverse range of clientele. If I had the opportunity to throw myself into the future, my first question would be, “How far can I go?” That’s because I’d be most interested to see humanity at it’s very peak of evolution and advancement, presumably before the sun explodes or some biological catastrophe wipes them out.
I’d like to know, perhaps, if they’d been prepared for that moment and managed to escape it, or if they’d set their definition of progress so narrow as to only include technology, consumerism, and imperial wars. This is mere curiosity talking. It would be the ultimate anthropological resolution, a neat synopsis of human history, the demons we escaped and the demons we were.So rather than being a sort of neurotic helicopter ghost hovering over my descendants, I’d opt to act more like a mischievous Japanese spirit, watching wide-eyed by the sidelines with the delirious happiness of detachment, and interfering only when I took an interest.
Basically, I’d take on the cheery nihilism of Tori Amos’s “Happy Phantom”, which I recommend if you haven’t heard it.
Oh, the places we could go!
Prolongment by Grace Eyre
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: December 5th, 2013
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
To fund their controversial Time research, B&E Labs patented a medical process called “Prolongment”, in which very old and very wealthy clients can pay to have their consciousness extended past death.
The process of Prolongment works by projecting the client’s consciousness (called a “replica mind”) into the future, past the point of death. When time is up, the replica mind is returned to the client, filling them with new memories. Postmortem memories. Memories of the future.
B&E Labs has many enemies. Now the city is besieged with non-corporeal beings, more commonly known as ghosts. Some of these ghosts have a vengeance. B&E is under charges of corruption, and their services are seen as a threat to physical safety and the integrity of the space-time continuum.
Prolongment touches all inhabitants of the city, from a vigilante journalist to a haunting victim, from a wealthy client to a rogue scientist experimenting with her own mind. Above all, Prolongment weighs on the conscience of B&E’s CEO, Dr. Ken Muerta, whose moral code grows murkier as he struggles to hold the company together. The fate of the living, the dead, and Time itself is in his hands.
About the Author:
Grace is a writer and a video editor who lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner Ezra and her cat Coco.
Her life’s loves include spicy food, oceans, cats, experimental film, books, comics, and epic television. She is mildly afraid of flying and car crashes.
All other facts about Grace are fleeting at best.
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