After America's drug war ended, in surrender, the full legalization of all hard drugs transformed society in unforseen ways. Twenty short years after buring millions of Americans, most from Fentanyl overdoses, this powerful synthetic opioid is now a key ingredient in medicated patches that are worn by nearly every American.
It is the year 2044 and pain has been eradicated. Every American wears a wristband that does everything from monitor health and wellness to control sleep patterns, all in an unceasing effort by "The System" to optimize personal productivity. The web-integrated wristbands make every aspect of life enjoyable and easy. Financial transactions are completed by merely speaking, or a wave of the hand. The bands automatically sync to display screens that are free and ubiquitous, and thus information, games and entertainment are available anywhere and everywhere. But most importantly, the bands sync to the customized medicated patches that contain all the necessary vitamins, supplements, and medications that keep everyone working long hours without complaint.
America's AI planned society and her economy have become the envy of the world, but with the ultimate goal of the algorithms being the continuous and perpetual betterment of America and her citizens, what next?
In 1949 Orwell published a horrific view of a distant and unimaginable future, a future that we now see clearly in our collective rearview mirror. The horrors in 2044 aren't distant or unimaginable.
They are frighteningly close.
Tim Ruplin has worked in the investment field for decades but has always been most passionate about writing. A husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son (and awful golfer) he strives daily to do the next right thing. He is beyond grateful and keenly aware that every day above the grass is a gift. He works hard to make the best of each and every day.
A Long Island native, he now lives just a few miles from the hospital where he was born. His whirlwind youth brought him to Minnesota and beyond, but fate deposited him back in New York
My writing grows with your feedback. Please let me know if you have any questions relating to anything at all, but I especially enjoy questions about character motivations and plot directions.
My next project is to put together a book of seven short stories, all fiction barring one, which I may or may not divulge upon publication. It might be interesting to see which outlandish tale people think is my life, or not...
I'm also dabbling with a sequel to 2044, but as I prefer a character driven narrative this is proving difficult. The external circumstances in 2045 are somewhat overwhelming and impossible to ignore.
-GA- New York, NY