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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Rogue Event is a futuristic science fiction novella written by J.M. Erickson. Earth of the near future is not at all the grand and glorious place one would like to imagine. A vast and controlling corporate entity has virtually enslaved the populace who are trained to be productive, efficient, and compliant workers courtesy of the educational system and the pharmacological treatments that are mandated for all citizens, no matter their age or health status. There's a lunar colony that seems to have developed their own culture independent of the corporate entity controlling the surface dwellers, and a series of mines deep within Earth house other individuals who've given up the light of day, but have also retained a separate identity.
In 2134 AD, Gabriel Lawless and his two children were engaged in unproductive and illicit activity as they explored the ruins of a long-abandoned university out in the country and away from the urban dwelling they call home. The three of them keep secrets from his wife, the children's mother; she would never approve of their adventures, nor would she condone them reading the old works of literature Gabriel and the children loved so much. His children would be going away to school, euphemistically called camp, the following year, however, and their adventuring would become a thing of the past.
J.M. Erickson's futuristic science fiction novella, Rogue Event, is a chilling look at a future where corporations have gone past having human rights and have stripped the populace of anything that isn't efficient and designed to further the interests of that vast corporate entity. I was chilled by the world the author envisions and saddened by the concept of a corporate state that has hints of the world Orwell feared and overtones of Patrick McGoohan's pioneering series from the 1960s, The Prisoner. Gabriel Lawless is a marvelous character and that opening adventure he shares with his children is enthralling. Erickson's plot is original and compelling, and his writing is a treat to read. Rogue Event is highly recommended.