Yates is a Futurist. Which is to say, he makes a very good
living flying around the world dispensing premonitory wisdom, a.k.a.
prepackaged bull, to world governments, corporations, and global leadership
conferences. He is an optimist by trade and a cynic by choice. He’s the kind of
man who can give a lecture on successive days to a leading pesticide
manufacturer and the Organic Farmers of America, and receive standing ovations
But just as the American Empire is beginning to fray around
the edges, so too is Yates’ carefully scripted existence. On the way to the
Futureworld Conference in Johannesburg, he opens a handwritten note from his
girlfriend, saying she has left him for a sixth-grade history teacher. Then he
witnesses a soccer riot in which a number of South Africans are killed, to the
chagrin of the South African PR people at Futureworld. Sparked by a heroic
devastation of his minibar and inspired by the rookie hooker sent to his hotel
room courtesy of his hosts, Yates delivers a spectacularly career-ending speech
at Futureworld, which leads to a sound beating, a meeting with some
quasi-governmental creeps, and a hazy mission to go around the world answering
the question: Why does everyone hate us?
Thus begins an absolutely original novel that is fueled by
equal parts subversive satire, genuine physical fear, and heartfelt moral
anguish. From the hideously ugly Greenlander nymphomaniacal artist to the gay
male model spy to the British corporate magnate with a taste for South Pacific
virgin sacrifice rituals, The Futurist
manages to be wildly entertaining and deadly serious at the same time. Download and start listening now!