The final part of the Dandelion Trilogy by Mike French is now available as an eBook. If you enjoyed the lyrical and surreal The Ascent of Isaac Steward and the satirical Blue Friday then you will find the conclusion Convergence just as lyrical, surreal and satirical. But it can be read as a standalone novel too – if you have only read one of the others (or even neither of them) Convergence will still amuse, entertain and thrill you.
Why is it called Convergence?…
The experience of life flashing before your eyes just before death is a process called active retrieval where memories are being recalled and lived out again in the mind. As the amount of time before death decreases, the brain exponentially increases the speed of playback and starts looping: repeating over and over a lifetime’s worth of memories. Each playback makes the memories stronger and retains more detail. Mathematically, the remaining time before death can always be halved – so one second to death becomes half a second to death then a quarter of a second and so on, to a billionth of a second, a trillionth, until finally the memories are being replayed over and over in an infinitesimally small amount of time before death. As the brain exponentially increases the speed of playback at each iteration and there is no end to this process, an infinite playback speed is reached forming a memory singularity called a Convergence Point.
The Convergence Project is a covert military/governmental science project that uses prisoners on death row to explore what happens to people as they die. Subjects are killed by lethal injection within an enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core. This brings on active retrieval and the brain activity is imaged moments before the Convergence Point forms.
So far the project has failed to image a Convergence Point itself as it disappears exactly at the moment it comes into being, although the project can get close to it. These `near’ Convergence Points are downloaded into neutral clones – this being the most effective way of interacting with the data, as the clone effectively decodes the brain patterns back into memories. These Convergence Clones are subjected to psychoanalysis to try to gain an understanding of the death experience. In particular to investigate how the subject interacted with the memories to form a narrative to their life. It is also noted that this method produces far superior clone matching to the normal memory transfer sequencing method.
The project has the added bonus of extracting information held deep in the subconscious of terrorists by using Convergence on them and then interrogating their Convergence Clone, which is recycled after use and reformed.
In paperback at the end of December.