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The Twenty Year Reset
Hello all and welcome back to another edition of What I Am Reading. My apologies in advance for the long interlude between postings. Life, as they say, happens...
Today we are going to take a look at a very intriguing science fiction story by a newcomer to the genre-Alan Sickler. This post-apocalyptic dystopian glimpse into a future America will have the reader feverishly flipping the pages in anticipation of the next possible horror to be revealed. Sickler does an excellent job of combining great storytelling with world building in such a manner as to actually seem a plausible and inevitable outcome for a consumerist nation exploiting the world into oblivion.
Meet Churchill, a 'Normal' living in a metal house with all the comforts we enjoy in our current modern way of life. In some ways things are even better than we have it now: there is no grueling commute to deal with because all work is performed on the neonet. There is no need to drive to the grocery store because his food is sent directly to his home via pneumatubes. Likewise, Churchill has no need to keep up his physical appearance because all Normals enhance their virtual image on the neonet (which is how all interactions are done-including dating).
But all is not perfect. This sedentary lifestyle void of physical interactions with other people has become a necessity due to the inhospitable conditions outside of the metal sanctuaries that future Americans will spend their entire lives. In fact, the only way to experience the outdoors firsthand is to wear an envirosuit as protection from the toxic environment.
But who would want to do that when everything you could ever want is right here within your very home?
Without giving away too much of the storyline, I would just like to share that Churchill's world as he knows it is about to come crashing down around him. Everything that he has every known as an absolute truth has been twisted by the government he has been raised to trust. Soon, the story takes a twist that reminded me a bit of Logan's Run.
I hope that you find the time to give The Twenty Year Reset the attention it deserves. You will not be disappointed.