Keith Laumer is best known for his Retief and BOLO science fiction series. But, from time to time, Laumer would explore other science fiction themes in individual novels. The Infinite Cage begins with a man who’s lost his memory escaping from a police station. The man calls himself “Adam” and runs a gauntlet of social problems: getting a job, learning about women, dealing with corruption. Laumer tells this parable to expose the social problems and inequalities of our culture as Adam tries to “fit in.” Despite Adam’s ability to read minds, his ability to learn a language in minutes, his success in the stock market, disaster after disaster dogs him. If you’re looking for an unusual social parable, give The Infinite Cage a try.