EVERYONE SHOULD BE HAPPY. IMMEDIATELY.
In the underground city of
wants every citizen to have fun. If you’re not having fun, TheComputer will turn you into reactor shielding.
ATTENTION, TROUBLESHOOTERS. PLEASERETURN THIS STOLEN HELPBOT TO ITS OWNER.
The Computer’s elite service agents, the
, havefun delivering the helpbot to a sequence of murderous gangsters.It’s not annoying or repetitious at all, no siree. (“You look likeyou’re about to shoot your teammate! Would you like help?”)
IF YOU MEET DIFFICULTIES, SEEK HELP FROMYOUR FELLOW TROUBLESHOOTERS.
is about to have lots of fun learningabout his teammates. He’ll learn they’re criminals themselves.Or they belong to traitorous secret societies. Fun, fun, fun.
BEWARE! TRAITORS ARE EVERYWHERE!
High on an experimental alertness drug called
, Fletchermust complete his mission before the treacherous Troubleshootersdiscover his own mutation—or his ever-changing criminal
afliations—or his membership in the
First Church of ChristComputer-Programmer
—in short, before Fletcher’s teammates
STAY ALERT! TRUST NO ONE! KEEP YOURLASER HANDY!
This is a
preview, “Fletcher Eats the Apple,”Chapter 1 of the complete
by Allen Varney