Deathwish World by Mack Reynolds

By Mack Reynolds

On a destiny Earth wracked by way of strife and shortages, Roy Cos buys right into a life of ease in the course of the Deathwish coverage, yet his privileged prestige makes him a objective for killers employed by means of the elite Worldgov.

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You sign a contract that grants you what amounts to an unlimited credit account for as long as you live. If and when you die, the beneficiary collects the benefits. The company you've signed with pays huge daily premiums. It's a gamble, as all insurance has always been since the days when Phoenician ships set sail from Tyre to Cadiz for a cargo of tin. The insurer was gambling that the ship would get back safely and the insuree was gambling that the ship would sink. Well, in this case, the insuree is gambling that you'll die before the premiums paid mount up to more than the benefits he'll collect when you kick off.

He took a sizable swallow of his drink and she got up to replenish his glass, bringing what remained with her to the cocktail table. "In actuality," she told him, "I've become most interested in you blacks and what you're doing to fight back. " Hamp was feeling the soothing qualities of the drink now, and stretched his legs before him in comfort. "Well," he said, "you've undoubtedly read most of it in our literature. Blacks were brought over as slaves. At least a slave had comparative security.

Hamp doubted that there were many blacks or other racial minorities residing in Greenpoint. Not that there would be any restriction, theoretically. The nation's laws wouldn't stand for that, but non-whites would be made to feel less than welcome. He entered the sumptuous lobby of the William Penn Building, very well done in marble, beautifully furnished and decorated in an early Pennsylvania motif, and approached one of the small bank of reception desks. He sat across from the reception screen and said, "I wish to visit Lee Garrett.

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