The year is 2040. Service robots have been safely and efficiently introduced into society. They are an integral part of our world when a pandemic of global proportions arrives. Isolated deaths keep cropping up. Seeming random at first, an unsettling pattern begins to emerge. Dave Miller, an investigative reporter, pounces on the story.
As he explores his city, he finds death at every turn. His investigation leads to interviews with experts in various fields. Everyone is mystified. People are understandably panicky. The deaths go global. The world is in chaos.
Through his investigations, Dave learns that the cause of the plague is anger. This plague knows who is angry and wants them. Death is swift and thorough. 3-billion people die in 6 weeks. Pogo was right when he said:” We have seen the enemy and he is us.”
As mysteriously and abruptly as it began, the plague stops. Dave’s investigation turns from the cause of the pandemic to its unexpected aftermath. How to live in a world without anger is a daily awakening to new strategies. An anger-free world has significant and startling effects on our society. Have the meek finally inherited the earth? The world enters uncharted waters. How will we live? Why will we live? What is the meaning of life now?
Fast-forward to the year 2133. Several generations have lived in a world without anger. What is that world like and why do they celebrate it? Still, something seems amiss. Behind the scenes, some unsettling events have been taking place. Society has not been the paradise publicly endorsed. Can we live with not knowing both sides of the anger coin? We have to learn to live perfectly in an imperfect world, or we will fail to evolve. Human species that fail to evolve, become extinct.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
“The Plague” began as a 2-page, flash fiction story, for my writing group: The Writers Bloc Club. I fleshed it out to a short story, and then to a novel. I love Sci-fi.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character, Dave, had to be trustworthy, honest, hard-working, but flawed. He had his weaknesses and lived with self-doubt.
THE PLAGUE 7
“That’s just it”, Sharon screams. “I know the cause of death with all these people — it’s starvation and de-dehydration. What I can’t figure out is why they ended up like this. And that smell. I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years in forensics. My staff and I are using the most up-to-date technology that modern medicine can provide and still, no answers.”
Dave is used to being distracted by Sharon’s tall, slender body and her thick, blond hair. Today, all he can concentrate on is Sharon’s wide open, dark eyes and her tightly-clenched teeth.
“Here, Sharon, let me wipe away your tears.”
As Sharon slips, weeping, into Dave’s willing arms, she says: “Hold me and tell me that this mystery will be solved. You know me, Dave, I don’t get stumped by medical mysteries, dammit; I solve them! This is crazy. I ca-can’t tell you more, because I don’t know any more. These corpses should not be in this condition. And, there shouldn’t be so many of them. It makes no sense. You’re the reporter. You investigate and get me answers. I love you, Dave, I really do. But, I’m mystified by all this, and that scares me.”
“You’ve got it, Sharon. I promise I’ll be looking into this and get back to you. And, by the way, I love you, too.”
As Dave turns to leave for his office, the doors to the morgue burst open and two, frightened, puzzled, EMS personnel, holding their noses, wheel in two more skeletal-like corpses.
Sharon’s robot cleaner, a ‘Trashbot-9000’, is having a difficult time trying to clean up the mess from the mounting numbers of cadavers. As fast as it cleans one area, another requires its attention. Although it can’t feel, it can suffer overload.
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