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Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down

Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down
by Michael Hyatt & George Grant
Published by Word Books, 1998
Amazon.com: paperback
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Reviewed by: Greg Slade
[Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down]

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This work qualifies as "science fiction" by virtue of being set in the future at the time of publication. By the time you see this, the "future" setting will already have passed into the past. Ostensibly about the "crash" caused by the "Y2K" bug, most of the problems detailed are caused by pre-Y2K hysteria causing a stock market crash and worldwide recession. It might be considered a guide to preparing for Y2K, except that the one character who does most to prepare gets his home invaded, his food supply blown up, and his daughter kidnapped. (There are the obligatory remarks about not wanting to sound like "survivalist nuts", but the plot climaxes with a shoutout between the "bad guys" and an armed posse. The police, who, we are told, will be overwhelmed by the Y2K crisis, arrive just in time to make sure that the "bad guys" who survive are safely locked up.) It might be considered a fictional analysis of the problem, except that it repeatedly asserts that embedded chips are the biggest part of the problem, and then proposes a "solution" which depends on a fundamental misunderstanding of what embedded chips are and what they do. It might be considered an insight into the high-tech world of business, except that all of the techies described (including the "bad guy") are tall, fit, immaculately-groomed, well-dressed, charismatic, and independently wealthy, so it's really more of an exploration of nerd wish-fulfillment. It might be considered just as a work of fiction, but the plot has huge logical holes in it. (One of the "good guys" gets shot at by the "bad guy" before the "bad guy" has actually started doing what the "good guy" saw him doing.) The characters aren't even two dimensional, and only serve as opportunities for monologues on the coming disaster (which, when it does come, is described in only the sketchiest of details.) To add insult to injury, there are misspelled words throughout. Basically I only include this book here at all for the sake of completeness. I can't understand why Word, which usually has some standards, allowed this work out the door in its present condition. (December, 1999)

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