THE YEAR IS 2130 - an Election Year - and the newly independent Republic of Florida is a political powder keg. Angry mobs blame the dominant Micro-Brew Party for coastal flooding, a seven-day work week, and the high cost of Pilsner Light. Meanwhile, the opposition Futurist Party tantalizes the population with dreams of a laid-back society made possible by awarding each high school graduate with a Buddy Bot, a personal robot servant to "work around the clock and do the heavy lifting." The charming, seaside town of Lake Worth becomes a central battleground as the Futurists nominate a 100%, guaranteed, corruption-free robot candidate for mayor, the charismatic M. Forrest Newcomb, whose hair is never out of place and mechanical lips break the Guinness record for most babies kissed per hour.
IN THIS POLTICIAL SPOOF - a likeable, idealistic engineer named Cesar Komenen (King of the Common Man), gets tangled up in hair-brained scheme to rig the election; although he'd rather be bopping down at Johnny Gyro's Dance Emporium with the purple-scaled, fishy girls. Cesar knows firsthand the benefits of living in a society that embraces technology -- his cyber implants compensate for eyes damaged in his youth. Komenen deeply believes in the Futurist Paradise, and wants nothing more than to live an easy-going life in a big house full of mechanical Buddy Bot servants. But as Election Day looms, Komenen inadvertently becomes the pigeon in a corrupt and far-reaching scheme that includes mass brainwashing, murder, and machine politics of the highest order.
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Published January 3, 2011
by New Lands Press.
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences.