I am looking for a short story I read probably 50 years ago, which had an ongoing refrain "I remember ... " about a romance that occurs while a nuclear crisis gradually builds up and finally the bomb is dropped.

The title may have been along the lines of "I Remember"

  • Off to a good start, with great details, could you possibly outline in a little more depth what exactly made it science fictional or fantastic? – Edlothiad Aug 26 '18 at 10:42

"I Remember, Anita", a short story by Langdon Jones; first published in New Worlds SF #144, September-October 1964, available at the Internet Archive. Does any of these covers ring a bell?

I remember, Anita, when I first saw you. The cosy, cossetted Scottish village of Aberfoyle; the wild cragginess of the mountains round, and the little humanity of the hotel, sitting like a stone in its mountain setting.

[. . . .]

I remember that I thought nothing more of you than as a particularly desirable woman; but even purely as that, I was quite obsessed by you after the first evening I saw you.

[. . . .]

I remember, Anita, the third walk we had.

[. . . . . . . . . .]

I remember how I was sitting at home, quietly reading. Then the flash, the flash. Oh, Oh, it was so bright! The whole world was a mad, mad, screaming, silent light. Then the noise. One of my ear-drums was shattered straight away. I felt the agony, and the hot blood in my ear. Oh, I don’t remember, I don’t remember. I just recall shapes and pain and noises and madness. Falling, falling. My rubber body, being struck, and tossed and pierced. Bang, bang, the rhythm, the side-drum rim-shots, the bus-bouncing juddering. The horror, Oh! Anita, the horror!

[. . . .]

I remember, Dear God, I remember! Your clothes had been burnt away, and you were naked, save for the remains of the little lace pants that I had bought you, which had been burnt into your skin. You were naked, save for the concealing blackness of your blistered flesh. There was a heavy tree branch lying across you, with smoke curling up from it.

[. . . .]


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    Thank you - that was it - and as moving as I remember – Malcolm Brown Aug 26 '18 at 13:03

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