Saturday, October 13, 2012
Six Sentences from Rock Bound
A dictator has taken over the United States. When citizens protest the downfall of the Constitution at the Mall in Washington, DC, US troops open fire on them. Some of the survivors are going to the Moon as slave labor for the Freezeland Mining Corporation, which is, of course, owned by Tad Freezeland, the dictator.
Federal Corrections Center—Petersburg, VA
The prisoners who passed their physicals were fitted for pressure suits, which were issued by the Freezeland Mining Corp. Jake Johnsrud and the Johnson twins were amazed the FMC was spending so much money to outfit its miners—until they were each handed a chit to sign. The cost of the p-suits had been calculated in pounds of ore. The FMC would support them and their fellow inmates until their indentures were paid, but they would be accumulating a debt in cubic yards of ore for every day the FMC had to house and feed them.
In fact, the chits were backdated to the date of their arrests. Their indentures would grow daily, unless they managed to wrest enough ore from the rock not only to pay their original indentures, but also to pay for their equipment, room, and board. … It finally occurred to Jake he was facing a life sentence, rather than the ten years to which he had agreed.
The future is a dangerous place for dreamers and idealists.
When a dictator takes over the United States, Annie Peterson attends a protest in Washington, DC, with her husband Paul. US troops fire into the crowd killing him, and Jake Johnsrud, a virtual stranger, risks his life to save hers. They are among the survivors who are sentenced to slavery on the Moon for their “crimes”—Jake as a miner; Annie as a sex slave.
Jake fights increasing feelings of anger and jealousy as Annie struggles to perform her job, while she resists her increasing attraction to him. Along with their fellow inmates, they fight to survive on the lunar "rock" that is their prison.