In a world where everything that qualifies is monetarily quantified, how does soul persist? When people hate a thing just because it exists, how do you resist? If life could live forever but only undercover, who gets to know and who would ruin to discover?
This is what comes after the dream. This is American Ether.
In a not-too-distant-future, global warming begins the slow killing of 25% of the world. As pollution and strife weeds out millions, automated systems and Artificial Intelligence take a permanent hold of the workforce. While the rest of humanity dukes it out to survive, the über wealthy take solace in knowing they have secured their place for the future. Inheriting the Earth as the “beautiful ones,” this 1% of the 1% have but one question remaining: for how long?
Their solution: The Human Longevity Project. Scouring the haystack of humanity for that needle of immortality, this is the story of what would happen if that special little genome was found, hunted, and consumed by the powers that have access to everyone and everything but it.
Two characters carry the day: Lester, 99, attempts to continue despite a lifetime of broken regrets. While the odd chapters jump backwards through Lester’s life, the even chapters push forward through Ethan, 16, as he attempts to persevere upon unlocking his life as nothing but a sham.
Together with their cast of characters they will try to answer the question of whether life is worth it in the end. The fuse has been lit…