Vladimir Chong Chooses to Die • 2014 • shortstory by Lavie Tidhar

★★★

Vladimir Chong is an old man suffering from an affliction from his father called Weiwei’s Folly: His own memories are slipping away, he can’t distinguish between reality and his family’s memories anymore, can’t even remember his late wife’s name. Now he wants to commit suicide, and he wants his going to be memorable. His son and his sister want to talk him out of it.

The setting of Central Station is a space port between Tel Aviv and Jaffa in a future entwined Palestine/Israel where a couple of Tidhar’s stories intertwine. Having read one other story Under the Eaves, I love the new view on this setting. One of the characters – a Reverend Roboter „Patch-It“ from the Robotic Church connects the two stories, and I hope to read the whole cycle one day in the form of a collection.

It is affecting, as anyone will point out, who has relatives with Alzheimer.

Meta: ISFDB. First published September 2014 in Analog. Set in the Central Station Series. I’ve read it in The Years Best SF #32.

 

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