I’ve started work on a new novel (or novella — we’ll see how lont it turns out to be. . .). It’s set in the year 1985 in a setting that seems to be some kind of hybrid of the USA, the New Kent of my “Cheap Complex Devices”, and Orwell’s 1984. Its subject, I guess, is the prison-industrial-military-entertainment complex, but I’m trying to focus (of course) more on the story than on any big themes or messages.
The story is about a kind of sin-eater who can possibly prevent a horrible catastrophe if he can only figure out which inhabitant of a prison village has a gangrenous soul before the contagion spreads. Anyway, I would be interested in any comments, leads, links, or whatever about the year 1985 in our universe as you remember it (or think of it), or about what 1985 might have been like for Winston Smith, the hero of Orwell’s book.