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"Memes of Loss and Devotion" is a science fiction and horror short story collection. It examines the human condition, our possible futures, our challenges as a species and our failings as sentient, supposedly intelligent beings.

Journey to a far future where all human minds are connected not only to each other but also to benevolent Artificial Intelligences. Technology may
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Lucinda
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A spectacular selection of speculative/ sci-fi short stories that will intrigue and fascinate!

This anthology of short science fiction/ futuristic stories is simply brilliant, especially if you are a reader and lover of this genre. The author presents a totally plausible, credible setting that at times can be just a little unsettling. Highly readable and thought provoking these darkly sinister, scintillating stories are full of originality and striking creative imagery. Each individual story cap
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Memes of Loss and Devotion by Darren White is a collection of 15 short stories and an excerpt from his upcoming book. All of the stories are primarily science fiction/speculative fiction, although a couple also venture toward horror. White manages to infuse his stories with some timeless themes that explore the human condition and pack an immediate visceral reaction. White does an exceptional job of capturing the emotion or condition he wants to explore in the short story format, which is a nota ...more
S.L. Saboviec
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free copy of Memes of Loss and Devotion in exchange for an honest review.

Publishing a short story anthology as a debut novel is a courageous decision. Somehow, reading a collection of short stories feels as though it requires additional effort from me, the reader. I’m in each one for a shorter amount of time, but because there are more stories, it feels like the book wants more from me. Yet in this book, every story is as strong as the next and none were included “just because
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Jess Mountifield
I was given a copy of this book in return for my review.

Inside is a collection of short stories and I must admit I really didn't like the first one. It was very slow going and full of purple prose. I put the book down only a few percent in and then had to come back to it, which is a real shame because the later stories are much less over the top in terms of description.

While a lot of the stories feature around romantic devotion they are also pretty much all of a sci-fi sort of nature, apart from
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Gav451
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
While the first story was not my favourite, as this new author finds his voice the stories get more and more interesting. Some rely on the twist and wordplay while others are the classic form of a unique circumstance played to the last moment. You find you want to read all of it just to see what tale you are going to be told next.

The book does not overstay its welcome and if one story is not to your taste you can still be assured it will at least never be less than interesting and the story to f
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Jerome Wilson
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection of short stories hugely and looked forward to sitting down to finish the current one or get stuck into a new one. I'm a fan of sci-fi and I thought the stories had just the right balance of hard sci-fi details, intriguing plot lines and believable characterisation. These aren't run of the mill stories and pose genuinely interesting and thoughtful questions about our present and future in a well written and engaging fashion.

I'm sad I've finished it now but I might reread
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Jamie Martin
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An interesting selection of short stories which deal with regular feelings and emotions but presented in sci-fi settings. He presents a future that feels plausible and just a little unsettling.
Thought provoking and readable, sometimes dark but not without humour, I look forward to his long form work.
Joe Williams
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
These stories might be great but the collection was poorly edited. Maybe just the Kindle version, or maybe differences between British and American English, but whatever it was I couldn't get through the book. I don't fault the author; there's some good stuff in here. It's the editor's job to keep the author out of trouble. Poorly edited. 2.5 stars.
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Darren White is a new British writer. Born in the North of England, he now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter. Raised in the heart of Robin Hood country, he went on to study Computer Science at university in Sheffield.

"Memes of Loss and Devotion" is his first collection of Sci-Fi & Horror short stories. A Sci-Fi novel, “The Fomalhaut Plague" will follow, and shortly after that a
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“for the first time in an age, he saw the beauty of the stars, rather than the darkness between them.” 3 likes
“I also once heard that if you have enough good ideas for three or four great novels, then what you probably have is actually enough ideas for one good one. That has stayed with me.” 2 likes
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