It's 2039, and a political faction called the Lifestyle Party has risen to power under the Presidency of Deepak Chopra. The new government bans scientific innovation and introduces a set of policies focused entirely on maximizing personal happiness. So why is Grady Tenderbath so unhappy? Believing that he's fallen short of his professional potential, he buys a personal robot muse to nurture his talent and ego, while his wife Karen, a genetic scientist, becomes more entrenched in her lab. But just when Grady seems on track to solve his career crisis, he discovers a new problem: he's swooning for the empathetic yet artificial Ashley. Not only that, he's distracted by haunting visions of Karen transforming into...something else. Half speculative fiction and half marriage thriller, Rise of Hypnodrome explores how future generations might draw from the realm of epigenetic engineering to eventually control their own biology. Whether human or robot, the characters in this cutting-edge science-fiction novella have one thing in common: an irrepressible desire to evolve.
"Imagine a mash-up of the murderous marital politics of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and the AI-driven soft-focus romanticism of Spike Jonze's Her with a dash of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot and the contemporary self-help culture spearheaded by real-life lifestyle guru Deepak Chopra. Done? What you just imagined is probably something like Matt Fuchs' debut novella, Rise of Hypnodrome. ...The best thing about the novella is the strangely plausible world-building. This is a dystopia rooted, in the best of ways, in our current moment. The Millennial yearning for a more authentic, wholesome lifestyle, as shown by the farm-to-table movement, popularity of Eat Pray Love, and growing suspicion of Big Pharma, could easily be twisted and darkened into Fuchs' dystopian America dominated by an immortal-seeming self-help guru." --Atticus Review
"...[R]eads like an episode of Amazing Stories or The Outer Limits. It doesn't have the gut-punch ending that Twilight Zone stories do. It has complex world-building and character analysis in a quick span of time, like the best anthology stories." --Revolution SF
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