Cast of Characters

Andrea – Avatar, friend and Gil Rose’s lover, aspect of Joad

(ANGS) (Angst) U.S.A. Natural Grain Stuff – Food Conglomerate owned and managed by the Toms, Gorman and Morgan. Employer of Bernie Rosenthal and Howard Rose

Bachman, Christianne (2057 – )-(Also Annie or Christi) Niece of Rachman Morris; Raised in Toller community visited by Gil Rose

Blessing, Qade (1997 – ) -Employee of U.S.A. Natural Grain Stuff, Inc; Member of Gohmper’s revolutionary team

Brandt, Bea (2052 – ) – Clone ward of Tanya Brandt

Burghe, Dan ( 2000 – ) -Entrepreneur and Mayor, Circus Owner, Founder of Hamilton an integrated production town located near what was formerly Detroit

Brandt, Tanya (2006 – ) -Vice-President of the United States 2032 – 2040, President, 2041 – 2048, Chairwoman of the United States, 2065 – 2084

Crelli, Alph – Clone son of Andrew Crelli, brother to Bea, Cee-Cee, and Dee. Director of The Federal Reserve

Crelli, Andrew (1998 – ) – Entrepreneur, Owner of Crelli Enterprise, Inc, Senator 2029 – 2032; President of the United States 2033 – 2040; First Chairman of the United States of America 2053 – 2065.

Crelli, Cee-Cee – Clone daughter of Andrew Crelli, sister to Alph, Bea, and Dee. Director of The Federal Reserve

Crelli, Dee – Clone son of Andre Crelli, brother to Alph, Bea, and Cee-Cee. Director of The Federal Reserve

Diaz, Rey (2012 – ) –Christian Humanist, Union Leader, lives in RecycleCity

Gecko, also Ray – Omnipresent artificial intelligence supported Andrew Crelli’s Government

Gohmpers –Secular Humanist, Social Revolutionary; Leader of Omega Station

Gorman, Tom (1963 – 2037) – Chief Executive officer of U.S.A. Natural Grain Stuff, Inc; Led the consortium that elected Andrew Crelli President of the United States. Funded Entrepreneur Party political coup; A character who represents religious conservatism much like one of the Koch brothers of today

Grant, Stacey (2053 – ) – Neighbor/friend of Gil Rose in Angel Falls, Maine, Consort/Wife of terrorist Glen (Omar) Smith

Hegel TwinsDamon (1996 – 2032); Damian (1996 – ) – Artificial Intelligence experts specializing in the development of Empath drivers; Supported Gohmpers and Arlene Klaatu in their revolution

Jackell, Clarke (1998 – ) -Self employed; brother of Jake. Social Revolutionary in opposition to his brother

Jackell, Jake (1997 – ? ) – Brother of Clarke. Warehouse Supervisor for U.S.A. Natural Grain Stuff, Inc. (ANGS); Undersecretary of Homeland Security responsible for implementing Circle of Life legislation

Joad – First Mobile Independent, Sustaining Intelligence (MISI).

Klaatu, Arlene (1990 – ) –Designed/Developed/Nurtured Ray/Gecko/Joad. Business partner of Andrew Crelli; HomeSec Artificial Intelligence Operations Programmer; Revolutionary

Morgan, Tom (1958 – ∞ ) -President of U.S.A. Natural Grain Stuff, Inc; Secretary of the Treasury under Andrew Crelli; Founder and majority stockholder of Morgan Christian Capitalist Church; A character who represents religious conservatism much like one of the Koch brothers of today

Morris, Rachman (1985 – ) – Philadelphia street hood employed by terrorist Omar Smith; Convicted for the murder of Reagan Crelli; Upon release became President of Greenhouse, LLC, an employee incubator program to help the unemployed evade Circle of Life laws and avoid execution; Leader of Toller community in Presque Isle, Ohio; Uncle of Annie Bachman

Rose, Gil ( 2051 & 2053 – ) –Atypical American teenager

Rose, Howard ( 2033 – ) – Grandson of Bernie Rosenthal, son of Mark Rose; Father of Gil Rose

Rose, Mark (2003 – ) -Son of Bernie Rosenthal; CEO of Crelli Enterprises; Changed last name to Rose in 2032; Father of Howard, Grandfather of Gil; President of the United States 2049 – 2053

Rosenthal Bernie (1946 – 2071) -Chief Financial Officer for U.S.A. Natural Grain Stuff, Inc; Father of Mark Rose (Rosenthal); Grandfather of Howard Rose, and great grandfather of Gil Rose; Revolutionary; Alias, Berne Thau; A political liberal, Bernie writes a journal to relieve his frustration caused by working for two extreme and powerful Right Wing bosses. Thirty years later, now a fugitive from justice, Bernie, as Berne Thau, adds perspective to his old journal entries.

Rosenthal, Franki (2014 – 2032) -Daughter of Bernie and Jane Rosenthal

Rosenthal, Jane (1970 – 2032) -Wife of Bernie Rosenthal

Soren, Reno (1998 – 2032) -Personal bodyguard to Andrew Crelli

Tucker, Ginger (2017 – 2084) -Personal bodyguard to Andrew Crelli and Tanya Brandt; Four Star General and leader of Homeland Security, HomeSec

Tomas, Dyllon (2035 – 2079) -Franchise folk singer; performed the Hamilton circuit

Turner, Sirlie (1991 – 2031) -Part-time Employee at U.S.A. Natural Grain Stuff, Inc; Full-time assassin

Wua, Juana Wua-Kingston-Olantunji – “Bunny” – (2012- 2083) Mayor and leading Food Critic of Sacramento.

 

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What is the Joad Cycle

The Joad Cycle is a series of dystopian speculative fiction novels set in our America from 2032-2084 after a Constitutional Coup has brought to power an extreme Right Wing, Christian, Libertarian Entrepreneur who is the leader of the new Entrepreneur Party. In this America, business interests rule, government has been marginalized. and the poor and the middle class no longer exist, the result of a massive economic genocide. To survive, every citizen lives to create wealth and should living cost more than they can generate in value to the economy, they are executed. Mostly, this is an Anti-capitalist Love Story.

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This site is mostly fictional and it supports the novels, providing backstory and additional related short stories that take place within the world of the Joad Cycle.

The site offers a Blog and Journal from the perspective of one main character, the hero of the first book, The Golden Rule . This character, Bernie Rosenthal who is very liberal politically, works as Chief Financial Officer for U.S. Angs, a multinational multibillion dollar private corporation owned by Tom Gorman and Tom Morgan, the Toms, who represent ultra Conservative Koch brother types. Bernie is humbled by the tyrannical Toms during the day and finds a release journaling his job frustration. Meanwhile, Bernie's future self, Berne Thau, adds to the blog entries with his perspective, more than 30 years in the future, after money, greed, and the Right Wing revolution end the American Republic .

We are living in trying times. According to Berne Thau, they will get much more difficult.

Why this curmudgeon wrote this story

Every generation, parents tell their children that life was better back when they were young… and the children always scoff.

But now that I have qualified to pass judgment on that age-old warning, now that I’ve been both young and old, I have come to realize that the old have it right and children scoff at their peril though in the ways that American society has been taught to measures success, every generation since maybe the turn of the twentieth century anyway, has had it better.

But with age, and career experience, I have learned that those ways are deceptive and worse, they are wrong. Success is measured based on wealth, conveniences, and life expectancy issues when it should be evaluated on what we hope to be as individuals and what we become as people—the expectancy of life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been successful enough. For most of my baby boomer life I was comfortable middle class interspersed with a few years of unfortunate decline towards impoverishment, never quite getting there before bootstrapping back to comfort.

For a time, I was a certified member of the 1%—in income though not in wealth. The 1% is a class of people who rule their part of the world and have a lot of confidence that somebody they know rules the rest of it. I wasn’t a one-percenter for many years, but it was a good life until my associations made me believe that I just didn’t want it anymore. I apologize to my family for what I had become and these novels are my penance.

People congratulated me for the success I’d earned as if those less and least successful earned that lack as well. And with the memory of a manufacturing facility in a small, rural, one-employer town in out-of-the-way Northern Maine near the Canadian border closed to improve a bottom line somewhere else, with an American town murdered for earnings per share, I signed off and began to write the The Joad Cycle.

In my research, I came to fear for my family that grew from the narrowest and shallowest possible family tree to three generations deep and two wide. My family is important and so I wrote these novels for them, for their future, for what I dread we have taken from them and will continue to take, long after we are dead.

I live in the Midwest and my friends are good people and I value them. They are conservative and most are Christians and somehow, we argue over unions as if union members aren’t patriotic Americans, too, and besides, what is to be gained by condemning workers in a country of workers. And we disagree on the poor? Social Safety Nets may not be working as well as they could (But how would we know if these Safety Nets are working? It is not as if some brave politician will stand up and precisely define what a win looks like in the freest, richest country in the history of history—and seriously, doesn’t free-form Capitalism deserve the bulk of the blame with its all-encompassing goal of creating winning humans and losing humans).

And discussions on life and death with my conservative friends, life at the very beginning and the very end, and guns and gods…forget about it. But unlike politicians and the media, we are friends so we work around the discomfort and the dislike for the greater good.

My friends are the current version of the salt of the earth and all of us abide by family values above all, even if we can’t agree on them. Good people like us accept a society where too many of our children are handled by strangers during the critical formative years. And in the twilight years too many parents and grandparents are handled by strangers until their money runs out, like sand in an hourglass, their lives extended only so far as Government security or private insurance will grant.

And when Americans finally expire after insufferable pain and embarrassment and to the sighs of sad but relieved loved ones, it reveals the immaturity of the vast majority of the American people who won’t resolve; once and for all, when God’s reason ends life and so they leave that to for-profit resolution. Can’t it just be in the fading twinkle of an ancient woman’s eyes?

But all of this pales to the legacy of GREED! Greed, that race for wealth that is ingrained in us all from television at a too early age that drives us to become economically viable so that with something extra in our paychecks at the end of the week, we can indulge ourselves with gifts, with palliatives, to relieve the pain and discomfort that we feel for doing what we must do to earn what wealth we cab. Greed is the satisfying of artificial and constant cravings.

And those who are considered the best of us, majority stockholders, officers of corporations, politicians, and celebrities all at the top of their respective food chains, they earn their way into the 1% and possessing this true wealth, they gift themselves truly extraordinary palliatives in order to compensate for something deeply unsatisfying within that was once more human, what they lost in the dog-eat-dog world that we all live in.

This is the world that we pass on to our children and our grandchildren. This world is what will own them someday like it owns us today. They are truly greed’s legacy. That too is the basis for my cautionary tale of America’s future, The Joad Cycle.

But I still idealize my youth. I remember what it felt like when I was a boy and so I wrote a grand love story, too.

 

Gary Levey

05/01/2012