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ARIA: Left Luggage [Kindle Edition]

Nelder Geoff
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Book Description

"You must buy ARIA because it is the ONLY book with infectious amnesia. You need this book to solve the question what is the most important thing we treasure in our minds? See the fictional infectious amnesia before it happens to you!"

ARIA: Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia

Today, Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks in the desert town of Rosamond, all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack had caught an amnesia bug, and it’s infectious.

Imagine the ramifications:

The passengers arrive home, infecting family; some shop en route infecting everyone they meet. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. All shut down in weeks.

One man, Ryder Nape, realizes what’s going on, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded valley, hiding from the amnesia bug?


“Geoff Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.”
— Jon Courtenay Grimwood

“Geoff Nelder's ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in science fiction--the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.”
—Brad Linaweaver

Robert J. Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project.”

“ARIA has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.”
—Mike Resnick

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More About the Author

Geoff Nelder has one wife, two grown-up kids, and lives in rural England within easy cycle ride of the Welsh mountains.

Publications: One humorous thriller Escaping Reality in 2005
One award-winning science fiction, Exit, Pursued by a Bee in 2008
Another thriller, Hot Air, is published in 2009 after receiving an award from an Arts Academy in the Netherlands.

A science fiction trilogy, ARIA - starting with Left Luggage with an original premise is published in 2012 by LL-Publications. A fantasy, Xaghra's Revenge is in the hands of the Rebecca Pratt Literary Agency.

Having had around 50 short stories published, Geoff was chosen to be the short fiction judge for the Whittaker Prize, 2009.

Geoff was a co-editor of science fiction magazine, Escape Velocity, and is a freelance editor.

Geoff's website: geoffnelder.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Sci-Fi Thriller 27 May 2013
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A strange metal suitcase is found on the ISS and sent down to Earth by its crew. Once opened on Earth, the case releases a highly contagious virus causing the human population to lose vast amounts of their memories very rapidly with catastrophic effects.

Award winning author Geoff Nelder has created a truly original, apocalyptic Earth, science fiction yarn in ARIA: Left Luggage. What would happen to society if we all lost our memories? It's something we all take for granted but things would go rapidly wrong without it. Doctors forget how to treat patients, Pilots forget how to fly aircraft and people forget to treat long standing ailments that they've forgotten they have.

Utterly gripping from the first page, I'm so glad I came across this book and I'll certainly be buying the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable and Thought Provoking 13 May 2015
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“Aria: Left Luggage” by Geoff Nelder
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 the struts of the space station the first question that arises is how did it get there? Then the inevitable question follows, should they open it or send it back to the labs on Earth to be examined? When the case is finally opened using less than secure procedures a virus is released on Earth that is unlike anything scientists could have imagined. Little by little people begin to lose their memories. Called ARIA, Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia, it sweeps the world, seemingly airborne and unavoidable. This is a fascinating tale of how important our memories are and how much we take them for granted. Nelder weaves a subtle tale where recent memories go first but as time goes by more and more memories are lost. Tension builds as younger victims are reduced to childhood and even infancy. Professionals like doctors and scientists regress until they are unable to perform job duties because they have forgotten what they learned to do. Panic ensues as violence and chaos sweep the earth. Amazingly there are pockets of people unaffected by the virus because they were able to avoid contamination. Meanwhile another suitcase appears on the ISS. Will this contain a cure or is there an even more disastrous virus about to be released on Earth?
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5.0 out of 5 stars ARIA 9 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The wonderful background to this book made such a compelling read that my wife hid the Kindle while we were on holiday in France. She had good reason because the story line stayed with me while I chewed over some of the nuggets of thought provocation that had been sprinkled throughout the text, made all the more poignant by the contrast with what we see as `a normal life'. The huge research that was needed to compose this story made it read so that my over active `don't be daft needle' hardly trembled, and at the same time I was carried along by the human content that struggled all too realistically with the consequences of ARIA. This novel does not shy away from the horror of what unfolds, but at the same time does not dwell on it and there is just enough levity to make sure the page turning keeps up a frantic rate. Any author would have been proud to produce this story concept and Geoff Nelder lays on just enough of his well crafted detail to make it gripping and believable. Oh - and did I mention? Thoughtful
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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 to the genre, without sacrificing drama and body count.
The fact that the alien contagion was manifested as rapidly overwhelming amnesia—is so relevant to this baby boomer generation that’s facing an epidemic of real-world diseases that impair memory and cognitive functions, such as Alzheimer. By tapping into our collective fears in this regard, Nelder certainly had my attention.
The author ably describes the consequences of losing one’s mind by describing acute scenarios; a pilot en route over the Atlantic loses his way, with tragic consequences, when he forgets the flights final destination. It was truly frightening to witness, through the author’s eyes, how civil society can so rapidly deteriorate back into the Stone Age as humanities memories fade to naught.
My personal interpretation of Geoff Nelder’s Sci-Fi allegory is a near-future modern day twist on the Dark Ages or Middle Ages—a period devoid of inspiration and culture possible due to famine and disease including the dreaded “Black Death” (Bubonic plague); it began at the fall of the Roman Empire and ended at beginning of Italian Renaissance – The Age of Discovery. Possibly the Italian doctor featured in the story triggered this thought, as well as the choice of “ARIA” being Italian for “Air” as the acronym for the virus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mind is a terrible thing to waste...
Wow, I'm not really a science fiction fan, but this story was really interesting. People are slowly losing their minds. Read more
Published 3 days ago by dublinebayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to read this book!
This book is part sci-fi, part thriller. It's not spoiling the plot to say that what looks like a suitcase materialises on the International Space Station, is brought to earth and... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lyndavee
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read...
ARIA: Left Luggage by Geoff Nelder is an interesting read. Very reminiscent in some ways of the classic Andromeda Strain by Sir Michael Crichton. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Michael Lynes
5.0 out of 5 stars "Alzheimers, From, SPAACE!"
A genuinely unnerving science fiction novel, "ARIA: Left Luggage" puts a new twist on the old virus-from-space trope. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlie Flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars 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? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jean Gill
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pandemic of Forgetfulness
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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kerry L. Reis
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for an intriguing concept
The idea for “ARIA” is fascinating and presents a very different type of pandemic story. While infectious amnesia doesn’t sound too worrying on the surface, it is truly terrifying. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ian Blackport
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique idea, interesting and engaging, wanting to read more!
I found this a great science fiction novel with a unique story idea, a very engaging plot development, and interesting characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by hendrik
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting adventure for Michael Crighton fans!
ARIA: Left Luggage by Geoff Nelder is a page-turning thriller with a good blend of science, mystery and adventure. Read more
Published 15 months ago by LDB
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting case
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dragon63
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