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Preserve Her Memory by Bao Shu

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“Preserve Her Memory” is a 2012 science fiction short story by Bao Shu. It is about a detective who replays a woman’s final moments of death to figure out what exactly happened to her.

I think the idea of a flight data recorder is very cool and comes in quite handy. Can you imagine how helpful it would be if human beings had some sort of similar device that recorded the last moments of their life? Well imagine no more! This awesome story from a Chinese author shows us how that one little piece of technology could affect many, many people.

Non-Spoiler Summary

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Ye Lin is a beautiful and world famous actress – that is until she commits suicide by leaping from a kilometer tall building. Fortunately for the detectives assigned to her case she had a memory black box implanted in her body – which allows them to vicariously experience the last few moments of her life and try to determine what caused her to do it. It seems to be an open-and-shut case, but after her memories are sold to an entertainment company that mass produces an experience based on her death, Captain Yong begins to suspect there is more going on than meets the virtual eye!

My Two Cents

  • Story: 5 stars – I really liked the idea of the memory recorder, and how it was used for both good and nefarious purposes. A great idea for a story!
  • Writing: 3 stars – This one is difficult to judge. It is a story translated from Chinese, so there is that to consider. It felt a bit stilted in parts, but I don’t know if that came from the translation, or from the author’s style. Either way, it wasn’t anything crippling, but something to notice.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – The combination of cool technology being used to solve crimes as well as manipulate the public made for one fun story to read!

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