Tom Berren, has messed up the present, or at least his present, as he now inhabits the present we have always known. Tom grew up in what we would think of as a post-scarcity utopia. People still work in that reality, but they work to achieve new entertainments because in Tom’s world most of the problems we have today in regards to dwindling resources and the energy crisis were solved decades ago with the invention in 1965 of a device called the Goettreider Engine. When switched on released a clean renewable energy that the creator Lionel Goettreider gifted to the world.
The story is told as an autobiography by Tom, so this is his version of the truth. From the start, it is interesting to see how self-absorbed Tom is. When we read about Tom’s life in the alternate present,