Al Birnbaum is a fading political talk host, watching his career death-spiral and dreaming of the great days. Then he meets a stranger who offers him the key to returning to the top of the ratings and more influence than he had even at his previous highest success.
The problem here, which Al doesn't sufficiently appreciate, is that he has no idea who the stranger works for, or what his ultimate goal is.
Episode Four of The Human Division is set on Earth, where conspiracy theories are thriving, the Conclave has diplomatic representation, and would-be recruits to the Colonial Defense Forces are coming to terms with the fact that that option is no longer there for them when they turn 75.
Scalzi's episodic novel continues to unfold, and this is another strong episode.
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