A Life of Toil or Leisure by Tris Matthews
Tris Matthews is a London boy (in an achy man's body) who lives in a rapidly developing borough. A natural pessimist, he takes deliberate pleasure in forcing himself to imagine how the future could be bright. He has had a career that skirts around both wordy, artsy stuff and formal science, and is now happily working for a science publishing company. He also loves to read and write sci-fi.