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Down and Out In the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

A fun, unusual, and extrodinarily believable near-future tale set in Disneyland. Sound corny? It isn't. In a future when the free market has driven the cost of basic commodities down so close to zero as to make most basic living free, individuals trade a new currency, called Whuffie. Transferred instantly over the network that everyone is connected to via brain implants, it is sent to you as a donation of sorts whenever you impress, please, or entertain someone. (And of course removed whenever you displease, bore, or upset someone.) This is just a metric for what already existing in human interactions. We usually call it "prestige."

This and many other smaller technologies make this the most believable sci-fi I've ever read.

Doctorow also deserves special kudos for making the entire text of the book available online for free. Follow the link to download it.

Rating: 4 of 5
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