Stepfather Bank

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9780312006877: Stepfather Bank

“A highly original cautionary tale...on more levels than the reader might first suspect.” —Analog “A jaunty, corkscrew ride through a skewed future.” —Alan Dean Foster “First-rate satire, with a serious core" - Library Journal The year is 2110, and the Bank owns everything.. It’s called simply The Bank because its full name is six hundred and sixty-six words long. Over its first ten years it secretly gained controlling interests in Alphabet, Disney, China National Petroleum, Deutsche Bank, Colombia, Fox, CNN, Egypt, and the Mafia—among many other international corporations, cartels, and governments. After the Last War and the Big Overheat, The Bank finally emerged into the open, to exercise what had long been predicted as the final stage of economic evolution: monopoly. By the year 2110 it has owned Earth (et cetera) for four generations. It’s eliminated armies and armaments, governments and war, cash and crime, discrimination and religion. It’s transformed the world genetically, scientifically, culturally, and economically. It employs, is owed by, and so rules everyone. Everyone in the world. Except Monaghan Burlew. Burlew’s styled himself as a freelance poet since the day he completed minimum schooling and became of Working Age. Since that day he’s never earned a currency unit. Therefore, by law—and the Bank is rigidly legalistic— he pays no percentages and owes no taxes. He owns nothing, and buys nothing, so the Bank can’t “assist the client in question to find the most suitable employment”—i.e., tell him where and at what to work. He’s the only man on the planet outside the System. The only one who’s free. He has no idea that very shortly, he will be Earth’s last hope of surviving an interplanetary catastrophe....

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About the Author:

D. C. Poyer’s stories and novellas have been published in Analog, Isaac Asimov’s, Galileo, Tesseract, Unearth, and other magazines, and anthologized in Starry Messenger, The Berkley Showcase, The Analog Annual, Jerry Pournelle’s There Will Be War, and other collections and venues. His more than forty published books include White Continent, The Shiloh Project, Star Seed, The Return of Philo T. McGiffin, The Dead of Winter, Winter in the Heart, As the Wolf Loves Winter, Thunder on the Mountain, and many other bestselling books. He teaches Creative Writing at Wilkes University.

From Library Journal:

In the year 2110, the world has achieved perfect order, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness under the control of the Bank and its Board of Directors. The only blot on its record is self-styled poet and freeloading itinerant Monaghan Burlewthe last free man in the world. Poyer's story of one man's war against the system is first-rate satire with a serious core. For most sf collections. JC
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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