|Brain Rose (1990) [Novel]|
by Nancy Kress
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Caroline Bohentin, Joe MacLaren, and Robbie Brekke meet at a fashionable private hospital where each has signed up for a new -- expensive and exclusive -- procedure: Previous Life Access Surgery. This procedure removes barriers in the human brain and allows patients to recall memories from all of their previous incarnations throughout human history. But the memories are not under conscious and willful control. After the operation, each patient must begin his or her journey into the past with moments of discovery and surprise, whose meaning and significance are often unclear.
Meanwhile, in the outside world, which is ravagde by plagues that destroy the body's immune defenses, a crisis is building, both medically and politically. The mutated plague virus is destroying people's memories at an ever-increasing rate. And only those who have had the surgery seem to be immune.
As Caroline, Joe, and Robbie begin to remember flashes of previous lives, it becomes more and more evident that they are somehow connected to each other and that their connection has fateful implications for the entire future of the human race.
Original title: Brain Rose
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Hard Science→ Medicine
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Bleak Futures→ Overpopulation, Plagues