1990:To curb violence everyone has an implanted analogue that controls them before they can do harm. When violent thoughts and urges occur the analogue kicks in.
Now it’s 2134. People must spend money on things they don’t need at The Store. They’re publically shamed if they don’t max out their credits. The merchandise is guaranteed to fall apart quickly. There are a few who are immune to the mind control.
The novel follows Arthur Bass as he journeys through an unstable America. There’s one scene that takes place in a shooting gallery that could be the forerunner of paint ball.
Arthur ends up on the west coast in the College of Sacred Sciences of Three Mercantile University. Roommates disappear and Arthur ends up in a social club where a typical greeting is “Revolted to see you.”
Eventually he ends up in the Blank where thoughts manifest. It’s an interesting read and a nice satire on mind control and consumerism. It’s based on the 1951 short story “The Analogues” and the 1953 story “Turncoat.”