Susan Palwick’s 2007 novel Shelter takes us to a future America where:
- “excessive” altruism has been pathologized;
- machine intelligences have joined humanity;
- criminals and the mental ill (then as now overlapping sets) can be mindwiped;
- immortality of a sort is available to those with the money to pay for it;
and where, as always, the people who pay for rich people’s mistakes are never the rich people themselves.