Chapter 15
Illustration by Haylee Bolinger

Transition Generation

In a world where people can fly, office politics, nagging spouses, and disappointed parents remain major sources of stress. What will it take for white collar drone Bob Carmody to let go and appreciate the technological wonders around him?

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David Brin is a scientist, bestselling author, and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth (1990), The Postman (1985, filmed in 1997), and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising (1983) and The Uplift War (1987). A leading commentator and speaker on modern trends, his nonfiction book The Transparent Society (1998) won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.
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