If you had all the money in the world, what would you value?

After all the hype, New Year's 2000 has come and gone without a hitch. Well, almost: while Fix was working on a Y2K solution for a Canadian bank, he accidentally released a bug that gave his bank account 2000 years' worth of interest. Now he's infinitely rich, but he's on the run with his best friend Julie, framed for having stolen the money. As they're chased from town to town by a mysterious couple in a white van, the bug starts to leak. Money will become worthless if everyone is suddenly rich. Then what? That's exactly what Fix has to decide…

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Broken Pencil Magazine "Book of the Issue", Spring 2000 

Fix (short for Felix) and Julie are computer programmers working to make the software of the fictional megalopoly First Dominion Bank, Y2K compliant... Ugh! Not another Y2K book. Wait, before, I lose you, this one's different. So, the clock strikes midnight plus one and the virus spreads through all the bank's software, and Fix becomes unbelievably rich. Fix and the rest of the world. Money loses all value. It's my kind of book, I tell you. Julie looks like a boy, but she kinda loves Fix. Fix meets Jeff while they're on the run from the bankers, and it's all over for Julie. Have I lost you yet? Emerging writer Hamish MacDonald has created a fast-as-light book where computers are as they should be: inanimate objects used as tools by programmers with a bit more on their minds than money. There's sex, mystery, action and even a revolution of sorts. Here's the best part of the whole book: It’s self-published. And it's done so well. I kept flipping it over and over to see who'd put it together. HarperCollins, surely? MacDonald should win a huge prize for his courage, or something. 

- Emily Pohl-Weary

Background photo by Kevin Dooley . Used under Creative Commons licence.