To memorialize the passing of Canadian democracy and the descent of a once-great nation into authoritarian darkness — and as a warning to the citizens of America, already well down the same dark rabbit hole en route to the same dark destiny — I am passing along the link to Chapter 4 of my serialized novel, The Golem and the Messiah, a modern love story set in NYC, circa 2030-2050. This passage from Chapter 3 sets the stage…
“The Great Culture War ended in the spring of 2030, when a coterie of commercial technomedia elite in New York City, Los Angeles, the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley and Washington DC purchased bloodless coups in their respective markets and declared their independence as vassal-state members of the new Utopian Federation. The handful of municipal leaders who couldn’t be bought outright or otherwise refused to cooperate were summarily destroyed in the media and forced to resign. Within a week, Diversity Councils were established in each new jurisdiction with the supreme power to author, impose and enforce uniform cultural narratives and lifestyle mandates through regional offices of what would soon become the most feared and efficient security apparatus of the new Federation: the Hate Crime Authority. By the next spring, more than twenty million citizens of the new federation had already fled their urban jurisdictions for greener, less oppressive pastures.”
The novel opens a generation later in the year 2050 with Federation co-founders Maria Perez and Jake Kassman on the run from their own Frankenstein creation, soon to confront their destinies in the diminutive form of a young girl outlaw, a Brooklyn-born faith healer and heir apparent to a vast underground resistance.
Here, then, is the link to Chapter 4.