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"It vanished as if a wave of invisibility had washed over the object - beginning from the satellite's north polar region, through its equator, and eventually swallowing the celestial body's southern pole. The Moon was gone! It had faded away into obscurity right in front of my eyes." In False Memory by John Reizer, Shane Simmons was 12 years old when he watched the moon disappear from the sky in 2030. It seems he’s the only one who remembers it as everyone else has no memories of Earth's natural satellite. Years went by, and Shane is happily married and works for the United States Space Force. That’s when he uncovers the truth about his decades-long question.
“Some people remember events differently from the way they happened.” John Reizer’s sci-fi tale False Memory has an intriguing premise that uses the Mandela Effect as the core element that proposes an incredible phenomenon. Through the perspective of protagonist Shane Simmons, readers follow his life's journey as he went through his childhood, teenage, and college years holding on to his memories about the moon, which causes several awkward times and rejection from others. On the other hand, he also finds valuable support in order to find the truth. The narrative is told through different timelines of Shane's life that are effectively done to propel the mystery element throughout the plot. All in all, the story ends on a satisfactory note as False Memory raises questions about humans' capability and the ethical use of science and technology.