In the near future, people are paid from insurance policies that give new meaning to the idea of life insurance. In “Universal Income”, the plot revolves around this idea and is set in a time just beyond the present where the United States has undergone a separation of sorts. The story combines ethical questions and a novel use of ancestoral DNA testing.
Set in the Greek city-state of Priene in 650 B.C., this fascinating murder mystery opens with Bias, the protagonist, being stalked by a murderer at the sacred grounds of the Panionion, the religious and political center of the Ionic League. As Bias crouches at the back of a cave, he recalls the events of the previous weeks which led him to his predicament.