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   Simon Bennett and the Sixteen-Bit People, by Jason Wayne Dockery  
 
  Novel, first publication in December 2003
 
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      Simon Bennett’s genius is in his poverty. He lives in a future where brain cells replace currency, where acquiring wealth means giving up intelligence instead of money. Simon lives as a vagrant among those who have chosen to save their minds, while the rich –– nicknamed the “sixteen-bit people” –– continue to spend and become more like machines in order to stay alive and enjoy the high life. Many members of the community look down on Simon’s relationship with Sheila Kellner, the daughter of one of the most affluent sixteen-bit people in New York. When Shelia falls severely ill, Simon is faced with an expensive treatment, leaving him to choose between saving her life and saving his own mind, if a children’s book and the dark secrets in Sheila’s family don’t destroy both of them first.

     
     
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