About the book and the author

Battling the unintended consequences of today's utopian ideals in the year 2060.

Jordan McPhee and Alexa Smythe hold the future in their hands

Professor Jordan McPhee is deplatformed when the Anti-Normative Teaching movement sweeps through his university in 2036.

Mathematics is not only cancelled, it is stigmatized as an example of white cultural oppression for its insistence on facts.  Jordan’s sense of impotence and futility in the face of this dogma is made worse by his doxing on social media by his own daughter, 12-year old Lexie McPhee.

Taking his expertise underground, Jordan creates an artificial intelligence algorithm in order to expose the absence of truth in the propaganda of the deep state. His A.I. persona, Artie Sharp, becomes a highly popular and subversive figure on the dark web which state security strives to shut down.

Twenty years on, and now a leading figure in the development of quantum computing, Jordan meets one of his former students, Alexa Smythe, a well-regarded genetics statistician with the Lineal Progression Office, tracking racial identity trends.  Besides having an unbreakable bond through a shared belief in the articles of faith of mathematics philosophy, they each harbor sensitive secrets. 

Alexa Smythe has been charged by the Agenda Implementation Tribunal with getting the state out of the economic mess created by a benefits scheme which relies on a points system built around levels of victimhood and minority status for determining incomes.  Her task is daunting and her work is highly classified.

As the Tribunal gathers to review the achievements of the environmental and social equity goals set out 30 years earlier under Agenda 2060, Alexa grapples with the need to live by the high-minded ideals expressed in the twelve Articles of the Agenda — or to take the uncomfortable, and possibly dangerous position of questioning them.

Her free thinking and creative solution to the fiscal problems, inspired by mathematical theory, turns assumptions about equality upside down, inadvertently pulling the rug from under the feet of well-entrenched victim groups who have been relying on gender and racial divisions for their societal status. But the mood of the ruling elite is for change, and Alexa is identified as the instrument of that change – particularly if she can get the influential Artie Sharp to endorse her ideas, a move that threatens to expose Jordan and destroy their relationship.

About the Author

A.I. Fabler is the pen name of a New Zealand-born author who has spent a large part of his working life in London, New York and Sydney, initially in journalism and advertising, holding senior international corporate roles before turning to writing full time. His political satire, “Agenda 2060: The Future as It Happens” was first published in 2021, described by Kirkus Reviews as ‘A laser-focused, irresistible lampoon of woke culture’. It was the winner of the 2022 Indie Reader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction. His new book, “The Seed of Corruption”, set in Vietnam during the 2004 SARS epidemic in that country is a suspenseful romantic thriller focused on Big Pharma and state corruption. He is the recipient of a number of screenwriting awards, including the NY Empire Award for Drama in 2017 and the 2017 Cannes Drama Award.

Reviews

Reader and Reviewer Comments

Praise for Agenda 2060

“A laser-focused, irresistible lampoon of woke culture… Like all first- rate satire, this book lets most of its subjects’ own real-world excesses do the heavy lifting. Fabler’s scorn is exquisitely controlled, and a great many of his jokes land. All but the most hyper censorious readers who spend far too much time online will find the results hilarious.”  – KIRKUS Reviews

“Loved it! This book cancels cancel culture … While the book deconstructs the divisive issues of today with incisive humor, it also provides a penetrating view of where we may be heading. This is biting satire, but not as dark as Orwell’s 1984, or Vonnegut’s Player Piano, suggesting instead that people are not nearly as far apart in what they want for the world as they imagine.” – Gregg Sapp, Reedsy Discovery

“Tinges of sly-smile humor are woven into a detailed story of science, Artificial Intelligence, human nature and technological know-how – leading readers to wonder what life really could be like in the years ahead.” – IndieReader – Winner 2022 IndieReader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction

“One must admire the exciting breadth of the author’s imagination as he creates a world set tens of years in the future. Readers with a knack for scientific stories that are somewhat philosophical will enjoy this book. The editing is exceptional.” – OnlineBookClub

“This sharply written satire of a future in which “cancel culture” rules might not change minds but offers some real laughs.” – BookLife Reviews

Agenda 2060 is an engaging, disturbing, and darkly humorous satirical novel that looks at the future of global society … Balanced on the edge of terrifying truth and utter harm is the beauty of the book’s satire. The major underpinnings of the book rest on pure logic and reasoning. The goals of Agenda 2060 are inarguable, but human nature, and the tendency of society to have a cabal of super rich individuals and corporations immune to ideological shifts, makes achieving them a near impossibility.” – Foreword Clarion Review

“In all my years of interviewing authors, I have never taken this many notes. This book isn’t long, but it’s dense in the best possible way. The ideas per page ratio is off the charts – Rodger Nichols, Cover-to-Cover Book Beat

“This high class political and cultural satire is seriously witty with a mix of interesting narratives, storyline surprises, engaging character interactions, and relationship developments.” – David Henja, author of Utopia Café

“Astonishing grasp of the craziness in which the world is now gripped. Artie weaves those threads and an adept understanding of technology, mathematics and human nature into a fascinating story which those who are alarmed at current world trends could easily see come to fruition.”   – John Collings, Amazon Reviews

For release dates and previews of A.I. Fabler’s new books, including “The Seed of Corruption”, “A Song for Leonard”, and “Agenda 2060 Book Two”, register for his newsletter at www.aifabler.com

Sample Pages

The unexpected consequences of legislated diversity

Diversity Lesson One
Diversity Lesson Two

Creating the rich post-modern society of today:

from a meeting of the Agenda Implementation Tribunal, September 2057…

“We need to think back to a time well before you were born,” the old person said. “In those days, the country was made up of forty-eight percent males and fifty-two percent females. There were only two boxes you could tick.”

The quaintness of this antiquated misconception brought smiles all around the table.

“Some social scientists of the time, believing themselves to be more enlightened, speculated that up to two percent of people of either gender might be homosexual.”

As the comrades on the other side of the table exploded in mirth at the outrageous nature of this speculation, the old person stilled them with a raised hand.

“But if you can believe that outrage, consider the fascist lie that was applied to race. Back in those days, there were only three boxes people could tick: ‘European ancestry,’ ‘non-European,’ or ‘other’!”

Heads shook.

What is this? Alexa wondered. Everyone knows this.

“The level of intimidation and oppression was so intense that people passively accepted this horrifying misrepresentation of themselves and of their country. ‘White intimidation and oppression’ is the proper description. We cannot blame white womyn for this, because they were victims of oppression themselves—white male oppression, the curse that we continue to fight around the world to this day.”

“Yes, yes,” Alexa said, nodding automatically. She caught herself almost muttering the standard mantra “male chauvinist patriarchal oppression,” before remembering she was not in a staff training session. Surely these people wouldn’t require that from her…?

“What strange days those must have been,” she said, looking around the table.

“Well, all that changed,” the chair announced, taking back the reins. “The brave intercession of pioneer efforts like the Me Too movement, by attacking toxic masculinity, exposing misgendering, and championing intersectionalism, has helped to unveil the true nature of who we are—and that, combined with the multicultural benefits of open borders, has made us the rich post-modern society we are today.”

Alexa wondered why on earth these people would find it necessary to tell her all this. It was all a bit strange; it felt as if they were trying to reassure themselves of the soundness of the principles outlined in their own Founders’ Manual.

Then a voice to her left spoke up. “Do you know how we made it happen?”

The person addressing her had a severe look: square jaw, heavily muscled tattooed arms, and a long strawberry-blonde wig. Alexa stiffened as she felt her unconscious bias training struggle to assert itself.

“Incentives!” the person announced before she could reply. “The Social Points system rewards people for identifying with minority groups. LGBTQI is now the largest combined demographic in the country. Three generations of state-sponsored miscegenation have seen the European race pushed out of its centuries-old dominance. Combined with our drive to bring mental illness into the mainstream, this means that the index for Transitional Benefits—or what they called “welfare” in the bad old days—has now been transformed. A person identifying as lesbian, American Indian, physically challenged, and qualifying for counseling could, theoretically, be entitled to one hundred and twelve percent of the maximum benefit scale … and therein lies our problem.”

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