L.I.F.E. in the 23rd Century
by Jason R. Richter
Meet Pat McGewan-X04. He spends his days watching robots build cubicles for corporations that keep getting blown up by those pesky terrorists in the soon to be won, we’ve got them on the ropes, 232nd year of the War on Terror. He’s content in his world of mediocre corporate coffee, vid-link chats with his wife that the government discourages him from ever meeting in person, & an endless barrage of travel bans, terrorist attacks, & never-ending nightly news emergency broadcasts.
But everything changes when a freak car accident puts Pat in the national spotlight. One minute he’s the heroic sole survivor of this week’s terrorist attack, (but not long enough to get a coffee cup with his face on it before the next attack happens). In the next minute, the news has branded him the greatest threat to truth, justice, & stockholder profits.