This is the story of Ian, a man who unable to keep up with the pace of his work, is removed from not only his job but his home and lifestyle too. After many years of frivolous spending and following all the new trends he is displaced from his home in the metro and his hopes for the future. He is sent to a work camp where there is some small hope that he may one day return to the metro and take up his old job. When this seems unlikely, once again due to his inability to keep up with the demands of his job, he decides to take a huge gamble. He modifies his android work 'companion' to a higher level of intelligence in the hope that his job performance would improve. This has disastrous results when the android first questions the consumerist existence and then runs amok, almost killing one of Ian's work colleagues. Rather than being sent back to the metro Ian is sentenced to the displacement community, a final stage in eliminating those who are unfit for normal society. Expecting the worst Ian finds himself in a friendly hard-working farming community which he struggles to fit into. On the verge of suicide he is drawn into helping with an emergency which gives him the perspective he needs to see his life for what it really is.
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About the Author
I am going to be sixty this year and feel I've led a fairly interesting life starting in Glasgow in Scotland and after a period of thirty years in South Africa I have been in Australia for the last sixteen years. My working life has been mostly in manufacturing and quality management. I'm 'Joe Average' in most respects and been through most of what you'd expect for someone my age. As I grow older though I am happier too. This is mostly due to my wonderful wife and an attitude to life that often only comes with the years of experience.Since studying psychology at university in the late 1980's I have always been interested in motivation and the reasons why people do what they do. I've often thought about what gets people up in the morning and motivates them to go on every day. From many hours of debate on this and similar subjects and wide reading I conclude that it's growth that motivated us. We either grow in ourselves, learn as we do to solve life's problems or we don't. If we don't we are doomed to a life of relative unhappiness, sometimes without really being aware of our situation and what we can do to change things.