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 pseudonym of the artificial intelligence narrator of “AGENDA 2060: The Future as it Happens”. At the time of writing, in 2020, algorithms were designed as servants of their creators, though self-supervised A.I. learning now casts a shadow over that assumption. We already have software that enables A.I. to review its own work, analyze its shortcomings and rewrite its own code. A.I.s are creative without human input, so who’s to say who wrote what we’re reading? Step into the metaverse in 2021 and imagine yourself still there in 2060. You’ll be living in a computer simulation, and maybe always have been.

To understand how A.I. Fabler’s creator chose that name as a pseudonym you will need to read to the very end of “Agenda 2060: The Future as It Happens”. Suffice to say, the creator has had to rely on his human imagination to write about the future. His view derives from a lifetime as a fascinated observer and commentator on technology, post-modernism and social dynamics, leading to the conclusion that human nature is essentially immutable, and humor is the best defense against it when reason fails. But, as Peter Ustinov said, “Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious”.

Read the interview for the author’s inspiration HERE

So how did he get to this point? He was born in New Zealand, at the bottom of the world, and escaped by joining the navy at the age of sixteen, jumping ship into journalism in Australia, and writing ‘penny dreadful’ mysteries and advertising copy to earn a ticket to the beckoning world of London and Paris at the age of 21. Copywriting and brand promotion led him to start his own agency in London and thence New York, all the while writing plays and novellas. (Because that’s what writers do: they write.) After three decades of procrastination – including making the world’s best Syrah wine in 2006 (yes, really!), and show running two billion-dollar property IPOs – he decided to take himself seriously in 2013 and get down to the business of writing full time.

Since then he’s won some screenwriting awards, including a Drama Award at the Cannes Screenwriters Competition, and the Empire Drama Award at the New York Screenwriters Competition. His published fiction, and that which remains in development, draws on his Renaissance man years in advertising and journalism, corporate finance and the making of award winning wines, in a life spread across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, providing him with a rich lode of experiences and locations to mine for his characters and their stories.

His three favorite authors are John Le Carré, Michel Houellebecq and Kurt Vonnegut. For opinion and philosophy, he goes to Bertrand Russell, John Gray and Christopher Hitchens. For music he falls back on Nina Simone, Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen. Movies he wished he could have made include David Mamet’s “Wag the Dog”, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, and David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive”. For love he has a daughter, two sons and a discreet object of affection.

Politically he wavers between distrust and outright loathing of all who seek to govern. Don’t ask him for a party vote. His view of the future? Bad times pass, if you wait long enough. Unfortunately, so too do good times.

The author as winemaker

Read the Twelve Articles of Agenda 2060 HERE

Reviews

Reader and Reviewer Comments

Reader Reviews

“Agenda 2060 is an engaging, disturbing, and darkly humorous satirical novel that looks at the future of global society.” – Foreword Clarion Review

A debut SF satire targets runaway political correctness...

Fabler’s novel opens in 2056 in a world where the fad of social media “woke” posturing and censorship has metamorphosed into a strict political order. Jordan McPhee, “once a mathematics professor, father, and sometime lover of women, apolitical and ambitious only for a life of modern academic achievement,” has been “deplatformed” by the cancel-culture mob that objected to his profession. This has cost him almost everything in this post-Overthrow world where Social Equity Regulations govern all. When he attends the Lineal Progression, formerly known as a christening, of his daughter Lexie’s child, he’s afraid even to hug her (“Accusation was guilt; every middle-aged white male knew that,” he thinks. “Comforting a child—even a grown-up one—was an exclusively female privilege, and the wisdom of that stricture was no longer questioned”). At the ceremony, he meets Alexa Smythe, formerly a brilliant master’s degree student in his department. Later, the public inciter Artie Sharp helps to create a viral video that instantly makes Alexa an unwilling emblem of resistance to the Social Justice agenda of the World Government. The author wades into all of this with gusto and a good deal of sharp-tongued eloquence. When Alexa tells a pal that all she was trying to do was get people to be kind to one another, the friend responds: “Good luck with that one. You know what Nietzsche says about kindness, and Foucault has completely deconstructed it.” 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 hypercensorious readers who spend far too much time online will find the results hilarious.

A laser-focused, irresistible lampoon of woke culture.– KIRKUS Reviews

“This book cancels cancel culture – Reedsy Discovery

“It has been a true pleasure to work with such a talented writer who is boldly and skillfully tackling so many of the critical issues facing the world today, and I very much appreciate the opportunity. This imaginative story is a real eye-opener on so many diverse levels and topics, giving me a chance to step back and take a hard look at some of my own biases and beliefs (and learn a thing or two in the process). I’m excited to see that you have a sequel planned!” Robin Fuller, Editor, Reedsy, June 2021

“Biting political satire that makes us laugh, get angry, and even cry.” Amazon Review, September 21, 2021

“Wow! Agenda 2060 does just what I want and need from fiction, it adjusts perceptions that make conversation possible again.” Amazon Review, September 14, 2021

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

“Readers with a knack for scientific stories that are somewhat philosophical will enjoy this book. The editing is exceptional” – OnlineBookClub

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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A.I.FABLER will begin a regular "Blog from the Future" once his book launch obligations allow time. Meanwhile, here are some Excerpts from AGENDA 2060

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