by Stuart Hopen
(Also available in softcover)
What happened when Maximum Woman literally became too big for her britches? How did immortality kill Perpetual Man? The Silver Ballerina had a lot to cope with when her triumphant theme music faded away, and she succumbed to paralysis.
The Golden Years of Super-Heroes aren't always golden, especially when the super ones live out their final days in Remembrance Acres — in poor health — and their only advocate is Gardner Flookz.
Flookz is a medical malpractice claims adjuster at a hospital where the medical system is a nightmare, in a town populated by ambulance chasers, profiteers, space cadets, wizards, vampires, slumming gods, and down-on-their-luck superheroes. This brainy crusader flunked out of medical school, then law school, but he gained enough understanding to swagger his way through both worlds.
Remembrance Acres by Stuart Hopen, is an imaginative, humorous, pathetic and satirical tale, in the tradition of Jonathan Swift. This clever contemporary collection of 42 stories is a canny insider’s view of the healthcare industry. The story cycle examines important legal issues — medical malpractice, informed consent, privacy, insurance and reimbursement, high-tech contracting, involuntary commitment, work-force reduction, management fads, fraud and abuse, death and dying — in a fantasy world which mirrors today's reality.