This is the fourth volume in The Pacification of Earth, speculative science fiction series of novels. The author brings China and India to join the developed world in fighting human caused global warming. After lust, love, and battle, science invents a rescuing technology.
American Revolt: By 2090 almost half of Americans are on welfare. Brilliant, talking computers have stolen most service and middle management jobs, while exploding populations in the southern hemisphere monopolize dumb factory work. And aquifers dry, world-wide, causing food shortages. A blond young "welfie" vows to remedy all this. He enters the Marines and then leads a revolution.
A bright physics student invents a way to travel faster than light so that humanity may escape from the horrors of global warming. He must persuade his peers, fight deniers, and combat rising oceans - all the while managing a complex love life.
"Sexist and Elitist"
As 2100 dawns, revolutionary America is governed by a triumvirate of "welfies". The military member of the trio is a young ex-Marine, Ben Bjorn. While China demands food relief and threatens war, Europe pleads for military help against the Turkish-led Moslems. As if those two perils weren't enough, rebellion simmers below the feet of the Welfie government. Copying Eisenhower's example in the Cold War, Bjorn leads an American army to Europe's defense.
"A Narrator Who Doesn't Try Too Much"
This volume is the third and concluding book in the military science fiction trilogy, The Pacification of Earth. It recounts the adventures of a young ex-Marine in unifying the globe and initiating essential population, pollution, and governing reforms. He defeats a Chinese thrust for fertile land via Mongolia, fights off insurrections and attempted assassinations, and finds love.
By 2106, the overpopulated, heated-up world's a mess. Disorder brings an oppressive "Brotherhood" to power in the northern hemisphere. The party believes in male superiority, the privileges of property, and dictatorial rule. Science has produced faster-than-light space ships, however. Jan Sussinissen, the son of a rebel leader, sneaks on board one such ship. He will pretend to scout a portion of an earthlike planet that troubled discoverers named New Start.
Tol, a young man of mysterious ancestry, must learn how the human mind functions in order to destroy those who've combined their naked brains with 33rd century computers. Monsters in their arrogance and lust, these Minds rule the galaxy. They drive humanity to despair. After discovering his heritage, Tol battles with pirates, planetary rulers, a beautiful girl, and, most difficult of all, his own brain, before he can conquer the center of Imperial power.
A dying Dr. Mark Langer finds a frightened microbiologist who has developed a cure for age. Rejuvenated by genetic engineering, Mark takes over the task of negotiating with the world who should win the treatment and how civilization must cope with the prospect of more overpopulation.
By 2152, wise computers have replaced middle managers, service workers, and many professionals. Billions overcrowd the planet; the less clever subsist on welfare. Galactic settlement beckons but ruling "Achievers" say the incompetent poor need not apply. "Quiet" Griffin, a ghetto "Welfie", opposes them and learns that upper-class geneticists breed "improved" humans from the poor, then transplant aged personalities into young bodies.
This collection of short stories includes: The clash of science with culture, the gender war, means of avoiding the ills of age and death, the future of mankind, deployment of Star Wars, the politics of a space empire, facing the disasters brought by global warming, death, dealing with the invasion of aliens, genetic hybridization, peacemaking, inventing faster than light travel, settling a new planet, corporate behavior, and a Palestine solution.