Max G. Bernard is the pen name of a writer with around 45 years of writing, editing, publishing, and journalism experience. He wrote for student, "underground," and radical newspapers in the 60's and 70's. He lives in the Midwestern region of Woodstock Nation, and is residing in the 1960's until something better comes along. He is involved in writing science fiction, mysteries, weird cross genre stories, and semi-autobiographical pieces. A fan of Bob Dylan's music, Alfred Hitchcock's movies, and Philip K. Dick's science fiction, he is married, with two children. He is a fervent opponent of DRM (digital rights management) in publishing. He agrees with Tom Robbins that it is "never too late to have a happy childhood," and with the spirit of the statement, "Be realistic, demand the impossible."
on July 09, 2012 :
Interesting take on a police state. While I found your little story engrossing and amusing, I must take mild issue with its premise. Having written a similar story (Purchasing Power), I do not exactly share your point of view. Your tale presents a sort of dictatorship of disease prevention. But I see it as one of treatment with more money for that going to insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Nevertheless, I enjoyed your story and applaud you for writing socially conscious science fiction.
(review of free book)