Four novellas are connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today-- and what America could be in the near, near future. It's a world in which "smart" kitchen appliances will only work with certain manufacturers' ingedients. In which a… Superman-like figure attempts to rectify the corruption of police forces he previously assisted. In which a man vents his anger against insurance companies that won't fund his wife's experimental drugs. And in which, to survive the coming economic collapse, a man creates a desert retreat in which nothing could possible go wrong. 2019.