The Retroactivist by Nate Ragolia


Satirical science fiction set in a future utopia.

In the future, robots do all the work and humans can devote themselves to having fun. Despairing of ever being more than a second-rate cartoonist, Reid embarks on a search for personal meaning in life. When he finds a club where people enjoy role-playing life under twentieth century capitalism, he decides a life of hard work and hardship is more fulfilling, and sets out to overthrow the established order.

The story is a little slow to start, but the writing was good enough to keep me reading, well edited with few errors. The satire is sharp and I found Reid’s struggle to find meaning in a life of leisure thought-provoking.

Expect a fair bit of sex.

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