Rigid! Locked! Enslaved!
That was our Earth in 2200. East and West had merged at last, so there were no more wars, no more political differences.
Citizens everywhere could concentrate on working off their TAX DEBTS! If you were capable and industrious, you might be able to make freeman status for the last few years of your life.
No one questioned. No one spoke out. No one rebelled until one bright morning Citizen TRH-247 decided not to go to work – and worse than that, became desirous of a girl below his own classification!
Thus he made himself an outcast with the whole world against him and mere survival dependent on his wits, his daring, his strength.
The Sentinel Stars – a novel of our world run as the Bureau of Internal Revenue would run it!
A paperback original first edition by Louis Charbonneau. Cover uncredited.