Author: Tong Hua
Total Chapters: 73 (from all 4 volumes)
Chinese Raw: Link
Featured Translator: Tofu
Description by Yingniang from Shushengbar : link
The Memory Lost In Space is one of Tong Hua’s most ambitious offerings yet and almost certainly her longest. It is a tetralogy set in a future where genetic modification is readily available and it explores the explosive conflict between the mutants and humans.
Volume I – Searching for a steadfast love in a world where your genes decide your fate.
Nothing can escape the clutches of time. Death and deterioration is but an eventuality. Only memory is not bound by the shackles of time. In fact some memories become clearer steeped in time. The beautiful, the ugly, all the has-beens. Each event seemingly small and insignificant but their flashes of brilliance can even outdazzle the night’s sky.
Volume II – If we cannot grow old together, then let death consume us both
An existence that should be denied, he thought he would be alone forever for a soul born in darkness was destined to be swallowed up by darkness. Happiness can only be a mirage. Yet he cannot control his feelings that are overflowing because he has found someone willing to stand with him against all odds.
Volume III – Because their paths had crossed, because she had loved him so passionately, he may have his regrets but he’d die contented.
One existence was built on another person’s genetic makeup. The other lived a fabricated lie. Just like a whisper in the wind, they had no past and no future. They only have the present. They only have each other.
Volume IV – It is the dawning of a new hope, yet also the descent of despair. We are hurtling towards our end, be it heaven or hades that await us.
Will your pursuit only end with the withering of the final rose? Will you discover that you’ve missed all of its radiant beauty only when it is gone? Will you only stop grumbling about the cold when the last snowflake has fallen? Will you regret failing to appreciate the here and now?
Description by Tofu:
Tong Hua branches into (light) sci-fi in her most recent work, Memory Lost in Space. Though Memory Lost’s setting, placed in a distant future, differentiates the novel from all of Tong Hua’s previous works, Memory Lost still holds all of her characteristic lyrical melancholy. Prepare to love the female lead, who’s arguably Tong Hua’s best character by far. She begins her journey in a barren desert, having woken up with no memories of her past life or identity. In a world fraught with tension and intergalactic strife, she must navigate the conflict between mutants and humans, all the while searching for who she truly is.
Some of Tong Hua’s best writing comes to life here—when our female lead’s heart breaks, ours does too. Several scenes from the story feel imbued with a quiet beauty and sadness.
And though not particularly subtle, the war between the mutants and the humans bears some themes relevant today—“Perhaps there will eventually be a day where someone’s beautiful dream won’t be built atop another’s nightmare.”
A haunting song sung by a certain character which I find sums up the mood of this novel pretty well:
Only when the last rose petal withers and falls
Will you stop chasing onward and realize you missed the most beautiful blooms
Only when the last snowflake melts
Will you stop hating the cold and realize you missed the beauty of winter
Only upon the tearful departure
Will you reminisce about the fading memories of bygone years
Only once you’ve lost something forever
Will you realize you never treasured it enough