Humanity is herded in zoo-like preservations. The posthuman „New People“ control everything – optimizing/pressing them to speak Sanskrit, believe in a mixture of Islam and Buddhism, manners from mediaeval Japan, etc. Main protagonist Evan Bookbinder awaits one of the seldom visitation of the tyranns, faced with their absurd behaviour. They want his opinion on an innovation.
Absurdity contrasting sadness – what an emotional mixture! A well-structured story discussing humanity vs. posthumanity where the narrator feels the sadness, the loss of dignity.