(Penguin Petit)
by Manjula Padmanabhan

Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited

Publication Date: January 25, 2018

ISBN: 9789387625594

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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The year is 2099 and Mr M, erstwhile editor of a prestigious newsmagazine, has just come back to life after eighty-two years in the PSP—the Perma Sleep Programme. While revival experts work on him to make his transition into the new era as smooth as possible, Mr M can't wait to find out all there is to know about what the world is like in 2099. His journalistic curiousity can hardly contain itself. The world has indeed changed. It is a whole lot different than what Mr M remembers it from when he was last alive. After the two atomic bombs that had detonated in quick succession in 2015, Mr M had signed up for PSP, having faith in the power of the future. Can 2099 really live up to Mr M's commitment to knowledge or his faith in the future? 2099 is an excellent example of a prolific author like Manjula Padmanabhan using science fiction for social commentary. Her take on what the end of this century could very well look like attempts to answer those questions that we, as humanity, desperately need to address.