“Whatever happens, try to remember that everything is pointless, and there’s no real meaning behind any of this. Relax and have some fun; it’s for the best.”
Languishing in a dystopian corporate hellscape, Jeffrey Boggs struggles to find meaning in a world that’s left him behind. His apartment is empty, his future is grim, and working in the terrible black tower of SALIGIA Inc. plays out like an ill-humoured assault on what scarce dignity remains to him.
As the brief summer begins to fade into a bitter winter, Jeff is haunted by memories of better times. Desperate to find a purpose in life, he turns to his new co-worker, Janice, hoping to help her cope with the degrading daily grind at SALIGIA.
Time and again, however, Jeff fails to find what he needs. His colleagues compete for favour, his supervisors conspire to get him fired, as Jeff plots to find a way out on his terms.
When a gathering snowstorm promises to end the brief reprieve of summer, Jeff makes a final play for control of his life. But there’s no secret meaning to life beyond living with meaning, and as he chases it in all the wrong places, each day begins to mean a little less…
Meaning Less by Brad Oates