A Trace Of Memory
Copyright 1963 by
Sadly, I can't remember when I read this book.
Legion is down on his luck and it doesn't get any better. Now he's picked up
by the police as he's about to commit an armed robbery. To get out of that
situation, he accepts a job with enigmatic and very wealthy, Mr Foster.
Within days though, Foster has lost his memory, his possessions and his money.
Worse, Legion is accused of murdering said Mr Foster.
It appears that Mr Foster is in the habit of losing his memory. He calls
it the 'Change' and inexplicably, whenever this Change occurs, Mr Foster comes
out of it rejuvenated and much younger than he was before.
This rather odd behaviour is all they need to catapult themselves out
of the current dismal prospects into an interstellar adventure.
Meanwhile on the far-off planet Vallon, almost an entire population have
lost not just the memory of their once-great civilisation but also their personal
OK, it's sheer teenage escapism. Our hero follows in the footsteps of a
superhuman and some of it rubs off on him. There's interstellar travel, evil
dictators, Stonehenge, super-science and some fine fisticuffs.
Here are some names to trigger your recollection of the novel: Qulqlan, Rthr,
Ommodurad and Ammaerin.
And it was only 5 shillings new but I got it second-hand plus it had an
oddly psychedelic cover for 1963. So I call it a bargain, best I ever had
(well maybe not the best I ever had, but it's a quote, dummy).
Loaded on the 23rd June 2007.