the Inquisition in The New Age

The Mechanical - Ian Tregillis

". . . nothing could be worse than non-consensual brain surgery, except perhaps wondering why anyone would go to the trouble, and dreading the moment he found out. "

 

(said the man who is the victim of said surgery, helplessly looking on as they do more things to him without his consent.  This is what The Inquisition looks like as conducted in a world where technology has advanced.  Welcome to the new age. )

 

[two pages later, ETA:  if this were the world we all lived in, we should all be very afraid.]