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The world has retreated into the limitless landscapes the computer constructs out of zeros and ones. Every citizen of the machine realizes his or her dreams. Everyone is content. No one lacks for any kind of wealth or pleasure. Everyone except for Nigel Hightower. For the machine has shunned Mr. Hightower by replacing his dream with nightmare. Like a child, Mr. Hightower cannot thrive in the virtual landscape, and so he creates mechanical creatures to stir the imagination of the boys and girls, who like himself, find no solace in an electronic world. Now even the children threaten to leave Mr. Hightower as updates to the computer tempt their young minds. Mr. Hightower promises to resist the machine with a final, incredible creation.