THE CHRYSANTHEMUM INHERITANCE
A blog by Richard Furness (aka Touch the Light)
'The Chrysanthemum Inheritance' is the title of the 'book' that will eventually contain the first 5 stories I intend to post on the Big Closet site. This blog has been created for the purpose of discussing any issues these stories might raise.
'The Chrysanthemum Inheritance' was originally conceived as the first part of an ongoing series with the working title 'The Eternal Mind Sequence'. It was inspired by the short-lived television show Dark Skies which aired on NBC (in the UK on Channel 4) in the spring of 1997. Part UFO conspiracy theory, part political thriller, part social documentary, Dark Skies was above all a love story, in my opinion the finest that has ever been beamed from our screens.
"It's natural to fight it. But we both know where this must end. Some day you'll experience the joys of Singularity, Kimberly. All you have to do is touch it. Just reach out and touch the light."
Kimberly is Kim Sayers, the most tragic heroine of them all. Richard/Ruth is finger painting compared to the masterwork Bryce Zabel and Brent V Friedman created (not forgetting Megan Ward, who played Kim to absolute perfection).
As it's my blog I guess it's up to me to start the ball rolling. I'll begin by addressing the central theme to these stories, one I introduced in chapter 2 of 'The Transmigration of Richard Brookbank':
Without thinking, I rake my fringe back from my face. The femininity of the gesture isn’t lost on me. Can my subconscious behaviour be adapting to my change of gender so soon? Or doesn’t it need to? Maybe the device only transferred my memories, leaving the rest of Ruth’s brain functions intact.
Is part of me actually her? Has part of me always been her?
If so, how big a part?
I attempted to develop this in chapter 4:
“The device is currently configured so that only the episodic, or conscious memory is imprinted. By that I mean the—“
“Hold on a minute. Are you saying that subconsciously I’m Ruth?”
“Your mind has access to Richard Brookbank’s unique personal history up to the moment of the transfer.” She pats the top of her head. “Everything else that goes on in here was unaffected.”
“I don’t know if I like the sound of that. What’s the bottom line? Am I going to take on her personality as well?”
Who are we? Are we just our memories? Is the entity who thinks of herself as 'Richard' really Ruth, she's just been fooled into thinking she spent the first 22 years of her life as someone else?
It's over to you...