Desistance's Back Cover

posted Jul 20, 2017, 4:35 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 1:20 PM ]
I've been working on the back cover of my upcoming book, '2074'. This is my second revision. What do you think?

There is a price for cheating death 

For thirty years, global warming was nothing more than a contentious issue between scientists and politicians. In the late-2020s, it became a reality. At first, it only affected third-world countries. But as food and water supplies diminished, starvation, disease and death flourished.

Everyone demanded answers. When they did not come, civil unrest, political wrangling, and regional skirmishes wreaked havoc across the earth. After several years of failed attempts, world leaders announced a solution to the crisis. The proposal focused on the selective culling of the earth’s population. Some must die so that others can live. The plan worked, and life for the survivors returned to normal. 

Or, so they thought. 


It sounds so simple and logical—until it is your turn. In ten days, I will cease to exist. How do I know? When a burning pain ripped me from my dreams last night, I discovered the numbers 2074-11-16 tattooed on the back of my neck.

This morning I researched the anomaly. On the day I was born, a machine called a Gleaner assigned me those numbers. Then a technician programed a microchip and inserted it into the back of my neck. The numbers represent a date. The date I will desist.

Today is November 6, 2074. I’m only 33 years old, and I’m not ready to die.