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ARIA: Left Luggage

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A silvery metallic case is found in the International Space Station struts. It’s sent to a US lab where it emits an Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia virus. No one is immune and forget everything from now back at the rate of a year per week. Society breaks down as people forget where they live, how to do their jobs, etc. Small groups realizing what is happening isolate t ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by LL-Publications
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Mark Fine
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A mysterious out-of-this-world suitcase found wedged on the International Space Station triggers a viral catastrophe of apocalyptic end-of-days proportions on the humans habitants on the earth below. Unlike the typical B-movie type scenarios of less sophisticated science fiction, "ARIA Left Luggage" avoids the gratuitous and the obvious--sparing the reader passages about seamy bodily fluids and dismembered limbs. Hence, I really enjoyed this book because it added such intelligence and integrity ...more
Ira Nayman
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARIA Review

It's easy to laugh at doomsday cultists. The Mayan calendar debacle is just the latest end of the world scenario that didn't happen; religious believers of various stripes have periodically promised the end of the world.

It's easy to laugh, but perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to. After all, secular society has its doomsday cultists as well, as the recent "fiscal cliff" debacle indicates (and its younger brother, the “debt ceiling,” will remind us in a couple of months). It's true that
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps the most innocently thought provoking book I have ever read. What would happen if everyone began to experience memory loss? How would the world be affected by the gradual but constant loss of days, months, and years by every single person on earth? What happens if we all eventually regressed to infancy? Geoff Nelder attacks this question with fear and humor in “Aria: Left Luggage”. When the crew of the International Space Station finds a metallic suitcase mysteriously stuck in th ...more
Jean Gill
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Classic ‘what-if’ world-threat sci-fi

What if an amnesia bug went viral? Who would remember enough to be able to fight it? What decisions would you take to survive?

Very convincing 'what if' sci-fi disaster novel as exciting as the classic invasions of triffids and Midwich cuckoos. The range of the novel shows global consequences through detail of a few places geographically far apart (London, Houston, north Wales, Banff, Australia) A variety of characters draw the reader into everyday human dile
Jackie Parry
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The crew of a space shuttle find an alien suitcase and what unfolds from there is a revealing story prompting you to think... what if?

The story is clever in revealing the true nature of people’s characters in a bizarre, and thought provoking situation. And with a good cast of characters that you relate to quickly, it makes this story an enjoyable read.

Science Fiction is not my first choice of genre to read. I am broadening my reading material and it is books like this that make me glad I have. T
Liz Crowe
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

ARIA= Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia

What's worse? The scary alien monster you can see or the one you can't that slowly but surely reduces you to only your childhood memories and then…to what?

An incredibly creative twist on the plague virus concept, mixed with some of the funniest and most realistically facile dialogue I've had the pleasure of reading in a damn long time, this plot is one you will likely never be able to forget--so to speak.

The astronauts who discover the "luggage" (a case
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: alien-ufo
Science fiction is a genre that generally falls into two widely different scopes (the epic, action-packed, space opera; and the intimate, character-focused, story of ideas), and two equally diverse themes (that of the truly 'alien' threat from beyond the stars; and that of the the 'human' threat, emerging from much closer to home).

With ARIA: Left Luggage, Geoff Nelder opts for the more intimate scope, but pairs it with the alien threat. It's a combination that's particularly difficult to pull of
Cold  Coffee
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me answer the first question that came to my mind when the book ‘ARIA: Left Luggage’ arrived. The word ARIA has its roots in Italian meaning air.

Science Fiction as a genre literally is in a world of its own because human beings are obsessed with how to destroy or alter all of humanity by a single threat. It is rare that we find an author who can approach this kind of fiction from a new perspective, but Geoff Nelder has a truly unique concept.

As the first chapter begins the reader is introduc
Emma Lee
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A space crew find an object that looks like a metal suitcase on an international space station. The case is returned to earth for examination where it releases a viral Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia. Those exposed to ARIA find they lose recent memories but still retain much older memories. Unfortunately, people have travelled and spread the virus before it’s identified or subjected to scientific examination.

Ryder had returned to England from America when the case was brought to earth. Via s
Annette Gisby
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, sf, apocalyptic
This is the second book of Mr. Nelder's I've had the pleasure to review. Outside the International Space Station the astronuts discover a metallic suitcase caught in one of the struts. Who put it there? What's inside it?

These questions and more are answered when the suitcase is sent back to Earth and opened. In a matter of weeks, most of the world'd population has suffered amnesia. People can't remember where they live, who their family is, how to drive a car or even in one very terrifying scene
Mark Iles
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Geoff Nelder's excellent `Aria' is one of those books you can really settle down with. Imagine going home from work and then forgetting exactly where that is, who your family and friends are and even how to eat. This epic tale about a memory virus is one that will haunt readers for a long time. ...more
Robyn Cain
May 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
This is an amazing cartoon by Benedict Martin ( on Geoff's book:


I have Geoff's book and can't wait to read it.
R.B. Harkess
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This has to have one of the most original storylines I've ever bumped into (but if I said any more it would spoil the story :) )
Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mind-Blowing Plot to Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi. Scarier Than Zombies & Vampires! ...more
The year is 2015, and three astronauts on the shuttle Marimar have found a silver case. The case has an interesting soft holographic chevron design on the outside, placed on the shuttle in such a way that it requires human intent to move it. The case is collected and brought to Earth, where it's opened by a gung-ho technician, but before anyone can work out what the meaning of the solid glowing blocks of green-lilac mean, people begin getting headaches that rapidly progress into serious amnesia. ...more
Kerry Reis
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
When the crew of the space shuttle Miramar finds an alien suitcase caught in the struts of a solar panel on the International Space Station during docking, they carefully extract it and send it back to Earth under quarantine conditions. However, when a lab tech at Edwards Air Force Base breaks quarantine protocol to examine the extraterrestrial container, he inadvertently becomes ground zero in the release of an alien virus pandemic that slowly robs infected individuals of their memories, one ye ...more
Peter Vialls
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A strange metal case is found outside the ISS – after it is transported to a US base, the case is opened, releasing an infection that causes increasing memory loss. After a week, those infected have lost a year of their lives. As the disease spreads across the world, civilisation starts to break down... Yes, we're in end of the world territory here. If you've read The Death of Grass or Lucifer's Hammer then you may assume you know what's in store. But this apocalypse is unlike anything you'll h ...more
Hendrik de Jong
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this a great science fiction novel with a unique story idea, a very engaging plot development, and interesting characters.
The story starts with an alien object appearing at the International Space Station. The object, a “suitcase” is brought to Earth for investigation.
This being the first time anything alien is discovered, the investigation is lead by people with their own agenda (fame, and money) and common sense and safety protocols are ignored: with a devastating effect!
Everyone in co
Raquel Fitzgerald
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

Just kidding. ARIA - Left Luggage is a very interesting read. I am not a science fiction buff, but this story has an interesting plot. Usually, I find science fiction to be comical. In fact, when I first saw the original movie, The Fly, I could not stop laughing for several days. The garden scene where the fly is asking for help is totally hilarious.

Back to ARIA. I found some of the characters were a little too cold, shallow and one-dimensional. But
Laura DeBruce
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARIA: Left Luggage by Geoff Nelder is a page-turning thriller with a good blend of science, mystery and adventure.

The unique premise surrounds an alien virus that’s spreading through the human population at a catastrophic rate. The virus causes amnesia that wipes out more memories every day. A group of scientists figures out what’s going on and bands together to find a solution to the problem and to determine whether there are other survivors.

Fans of the television show, The Walking Dead, will e
Michael Lynes
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARIA: Left Luggage by Geoff Nelder is an interesting read. Very reminiscent in some ways of the classic Andromeda Strain by Sir Michael Crichton. In this 'near future' sci-fi thriller Mr. Nelder places us at ground zero of an incredibly momentous event, the first interaction of an alien civilization with the people of Earth. A mysterious case is discovered, somehow lodged in the superstructure of the International Space Station and the multi-national crew are tasked with its recovery and subsequ ...more
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, ebook
It had been a long time since I read an ebook. "ARIA: Left Luggage" by Geoff Nelder is a perfect one to start again with. The first day reading, I was at work having my lunch break, and I almost forgot going back to the office, so compelling were the novel's opening chapters.

I know Geoff Nelder from his short stories and his humor-filled crime stories (imagine that Colin Farell movie "In Bruges" as a novel). This science-fiction story was something new for me, and I must admit I have had mixed f
Glen Barrera
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A top of the line sci-fi thriller.

I have to hand it to an author who can create a new world dilemma in the form of retrograde infectious amnesia. It was this premise that intrigued me enough to see if it would work. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a well written, well researched story about an improbable suitcase left between the struts of a space station. Wary of contaminants, the astronauts send it to earth, special delivery. It can only be from an alien source, which has brought it to the att
Jacques Coulardeau
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly Crazily Mad

Imagination, when compared to life, is so absurd that it becomes fascinating, mesmerizing and even hypnotizing. And Geoff Nelder really puts the smallest dishes imaginable into the biggest ones till the latter are overflowingly full.

The story is simple. Some extraterrestrials decide to take over the earth. So they deposit a suitcase on the International Space Station. The suitcase is taken down to earth, then opened by some reckless cat who will not even be killed by his curio
Wolf Schimanski
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aria. I always thought an Aria was a term used to describe a piece of music written for voice but I obviously was never acquainted with anything closely resembling Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia, short form Aria. And delivered in a suitcase no less. These Aliens must have had some ties to earth as they could have spread this contagion a number of ways but Geoff Nelder deserves credit here on a number of fronts. A totally original story that is extremely well written with characters caught u ...more
L. Sengul
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading ARIA, the idea that a virus introduced by Aliens that cause us to lose our memories is very terrifying and the urge to eradicate it is inspired by reading through different character perspectives and the ending has left me wanting to the read the last book in the ARIA Series. A must read of apocalyptic, sci-fi fans!
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well paced, and hard to put down. This is a fascinating idea, with a satisfying end that poses enough open questions to leave me wanting more. Book two is now high on the list of must-reads.
T.I.M. James
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are going to write a story about an end of world apocalyptic scenario, you are going to have to do it well to compete with all the other similarly themed stuff out there. Even better, if you are able, you have to tell it in a different way and with something that makes it stands out, an original twist would hinder things.

Fortunately, Geoff Nelder manages this with his science fiction novel, ARIA Lost Luggage. Pack your bags, button up your coat it is the end of the world time again, but t
Cheryl M-M
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I think the plot of Left Luggage is an intentional parallel scenario of one of the world’s most worrying health concerns. The occurrence of dementia and the magnitude of the number of people who are forecast to be diagnosed and suffering from this hideous disorder of the brain by the year 2030 is alarming to say the least. So, Nelder and his Left Luggage trilogy might appear to be a venture into an obscure sci-fi area of speculative fiction, however this scenario is actually closer to the predic ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sci-fi thriller liberally peppered with humour and incidental romance one read it in one sitting. Rather difficult at nearly 300 pages but fortunately once one had started reading Aria sleep was elusive. Not a racy read by far nevertheless, subtly gripping and as one shortly discovers subtle is Nelders inimitable style. Everything from the plot, humour to the romance is understated. It is as if cruising through the beautiful English countryside when one realises the journey is full of hairpin ...more
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Geoff Nelder has a wife, two grown-up kids, an increasing number of grandkids, and lives in rural England within an easy cycle ride of the Welsh mountains. He taught Geography and Information Technology for years until writing took over his life. Geoff is a competition short-fiction judge, and a freelance editor.

Publications include several non-fiction books on climate reflecting his other persona

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