The year is 2085, and the world dives blindly into capitalistic hysteria while dreaming of a technologic singularity. India and China now dominate as economic leaders, and people have become over-reliant on the cold logic of artificial intelligence. Who can save the world from such self-inflicted decay?
Here we find Sumeet, the cream of Indian education, and a top notch investment banker. But he's unhappy with the good life laid before him, and soon meets Shinzou Friemann, a mysterious consultant who offers solace from the fetters of unbridled capitalism. But Shinzou is not all that he seems, and Sumeet is unwittingly drawn into the hunt for an unusual terrorist group - one where the lines between terrorist, freedom fighter, hero, and madman all break down.... Welcome to the Freedom Club.
Both men explore a future world overrun by consumerism, technology, and discontent, where being human isn't good enough as God-like Sentient Beings threaten the very meaning of life.
Written in a way that echoes John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar, Freedom Club is frighteningly prescient, and intensely powerful.
©2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Saul Garnell (P)2014 Saul Garnell