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The most unique sci-fi novel I’ve read in years.

What happens when the world gets too optimized? Joel E. Lorentzen, the author, answers that question in his unique, inventive and thought-provoking novel, Proles - a novel about 2084. In the not too distant future, the gap between the have’s and the have nots is as wide as it has ever been, but not for the reason you may think. Money is not the cause in the future, optimization is...read more 

  
 
 
Book By Author:  JOEL LORENTZEN

Proles - a novel about 2084
 
 Proles - a novel about 2084
 
 Science Fiction
 
  979-8593702081
 
 Self-Published
 
 

By 2084, Thelites have designed the perfect society. They finally have virtual, scientific models for everything. They live and work in harmonious, anxiety-free, blissful happiness, running models to guarantee safety and equality to each member of their society. They want more than anything to bring these benefits to the PROLES, their less enlightened neighbors. But why do they resist?

Meet Julianna, a passionate scientist who is tasked with plotting infinitesimally small, stellar threats to mankind hundreds of years in the future. She loves her life as a Thelite. But when her father dies unexpectedly, she uncovers secrets about him, about herself, that unravels the fabric of her beliefs.

Now Julianna must navigate a mortal duplicity. She discovers things that her fellow Thelites can’t know. The more she learns the truth, the more she fears what a “perfect society” does to the people who dare to question it.

 
Date Reviewed:   

03-10-2021

 
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The most unique sci-fi novel I’ve read in years.

 
 

What happens when the world gets too optimized? Joel E. Lorentzen, the author, answers that question in his unique, inventive and thought-provoking novel, Proles - a novel about 2084.  In the not too distant future, the gap between the have’s and the have nots is as wide as it has ever been, but not for the reason you may think. Money is not the cause in the future, optimization is. Optimization of what you ask? Of everything and everyone. Lorentzen expertly paints the framework of how civilization enters the next phase after the information age. He shows how endless information is modeled and tested to make a better society, actually the best society. You would think everyone would be on board with that, but the Proles are not.

Lorentzen’s main character Julianna is one of the Thelite scientists. Young and beautiful, life is everything as it should be, perfect. Her contributions to the endless models are small, but she is happy. Everyone is happy. Happy that they are part of the Best Society. Julianna’s world takes a turn when her healthy brilliant father dies during a mandatory scheduled health check at the age of fifty. Pieces of the veil of her perfect world start swaying as random thoughts and images when she sleeps become ever increasing and disturbing. These turn into secrets that have been hidden from her. She is not happy, but can not show that to the others. Julianna is set on a course to navigate her monitored emotions while secretly finding out about her heritage and find her true self and the world around her.

Proles - a novel about 2084, is a sci-fi lovers dream. I have read many stories about the perfect world going bad, but nothing so sinister as this one. Lorentzen’s writing draws in the reader from page one and doesn’t let go. By page thirty I was beyond hooked, I was a bit frightened. You see, I myself, have been working in optimization of various things for twenty plus years. His portrayal of the future had me thinking about how our world is also being “made better,” but who are the ones that determine what is better? What lengths will society go to and who will be pushed aside? What controls will be put in place and how will the masses be monitored? I am really glad this is just a novel, or is it?



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JOEL LORENTZEN Author:  JOEL LORENTZEN

Bio:
  

 Joel E. Lorentzen grew up on a small farm in eastern Iowa. Joel’s family of seven lived the life of the rural working poor, saved by the stubborn resolve of parents who refused to give up. A scholarship permitted his Iowa State University education as an engineer, but his elective choices were literature and creative writing. He later obtained an MBA from the University of Iowa. Joel travelled the world extensively as an automation engineer for over 36 years. Along the way, he invested in a variety of private manufacturing companies which he continues to serve as a consultant, permitting his self-identified occupation as semi-retired.

Long plane rides and airport layovers served his passion for reading and writing. His background provided a distinct sense of the travails and resilience of working people, those he recognizes as the ones whose efforts really make the world go.

Joel enjoys socializing with family, friends, and business associates of every background and culture, but prefers small groups where voices can be heard and reasoning fully explored. Joel avoids social media, sporting events, and concerts. He lives and loves a physically active lifestyle.

Joel shares his life with his wife, Ann. They have one daughter, Rebecca, all grown up and a mother herself. Ann and Joel reside in Rock Island, Illinois. They recreate at a second home in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri where they enjoy boating, fishing, and hiking.

Website:

 www.prolesthebook.com