A Happy Bureaucracy
by M.P. Fitzgerald
Nukes ended most of society. Now all that’s left is taxes.
No big deal or anything.
Safe and sound inside a government bunker, Arthur is proud to be just another drone. But for an ambitious man (and excellent typist) such as Arthur, a promotion to supervisor is just around the corner. But his world is flipped when the brass makes him a census-taker instead. His task: to head out into the irradiated streets armed with paperwork and red tape. Assigned to him is a drug-addicted bodyguard, Rabia Duke, who could care less if they survive.
The wastes bring much to fear. But even above radiation, roving gangs, and starvation, what the world should fear the most remains bureaucracy. A happy bureaucracy.
“Brazil” by way of “Mad Max”, M.P. Fitzgerald’s “A Happy Bureaucracy” is a bleak and hilarious look at the wheels of a system that keep turning even when nothing else is left.