"A thoughtful and absorbing read, with a message to the world. Bruce Piasecki writes with energy and a vision." - Jay Parini, International Best-Selling Author of The Last Station.
Is it possible to define yourself in a world that is desperate to define you? And is ceaselessly getting better at it?
2040: A Fable takes us forward into the near future, a world not too distant from ours, but weathered by years of The Virus, the steady beat of climate storms, and the ever-watching eyes of the Event Police. A world where technology and social media have evolved into scorecards, where your value is judged daily, and can be rewritten quickly.
But in his quiet neighborhood of Saratoga Springs, George has established an oasis for himself from the chaos of the world outside. Surrounded by family and old friends, he is able to focus on his beloved books and old debates, and ignore the endless reports and gossip pinging from everyone’s devices. Until an unexpected dinner invitation leads to suspicions about a neighbor, and what that might mean about the State and its constant-surveillance culture. As George begins to question, he must challenge his own beliefs, especially when the neighborhood’s eyes turn on an eccentric uncle, who may be a risk to them all, or may be showing them a path forward.
With 2040, Bruce Piasecki presents a thoughtful and entertaining fable that examines how we understand ourselves, what we owe to each other, and how to hold on to both in the face of life’s storms.