Fiction. Drama. Art. 1777. Colonial America. A year after uploading the Declaration of Independence, a mysterious internet plague has broken loose in the cloud, killing any user who accesses a networked device. Seven in ten Americans are dead. The internet is abandoned. The entire continental militia has vanished. Seizing the moment, the British take control of New York and Philadelphia, scattering what little remains of the rebellion.
Just when all seems lost, George Washington reappears from off-the-grid to pin the remnants of the British army at Yorktown. Independence is won, but with the countryside in ruins and internet commerce impossible, the former colonies teeter on the brink of collapse. Meeting in secret, a faction of the Signers of the Declaration code a new error-proof operating system, designed to stabilize the cloud and ensure ever-lasting American prosperity.
Believing the draconian regulations of the new OS a betrayal of the hard-fought revolution, Thomas Jefferson organizes a feisty, small-government opposition to fight the overreach of Washington's Federalist administration. Their most valuable weapon in the struggle to "save the ideals of the Revolution" is DOCTOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S DREAM AMERICA, a new open-source social networking portal which will revolutionize representative government, return power to the people, and make Congress and the Presidency irrelevant...
Damien Ober is a novelist and screenwriter. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, NOON, Confrontation, B O D Y Literature, The Baltimore City Paper, VLAK and port.man.teau. He was a co-winner of the 2002 Sherwood Anderson Award and was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. His screenplay Randle is Benign was selected for the 2013 Black List. Damien Ober was a 2008 Shadow Senate candidate for Washington D.C. DOCTOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S DREAM AMERICA (Equus Press, 2014) is his debut novel.
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