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Memory of a Thing that Never Was by Jerry Seeger, is an almost hard-boiled science fiction tale that pits the perfectly imperfect warrior/mercenary/ex-military type against the invisibly visible aliens here to “enslave our race,” in the form of an alien leader named Cain. We are pulled through snapshot cutaways from past to present and obscurity to obscurity as very little is explained and much is leaned on. It’s all smoky room and cigarettes grown up into oblique café chats with weapons rolled up in out-of-date newspapers. Yeah! Let’s get down with the secret military saving the world from the equally invisible enemy. Poof. What a drag…man.