Beyond the Great Wall: A Novel by Mark Clark
In a future world where people can buy and sell intelligence, citizens are each allocated 100 1.Q. points at birth. When they turn sixteen they can make a choice either to remain as 100s and be cared for by the state, or they can gamble with their intelligence. Those who succeed become high I.Q.s and enjoy all of the benefits this brings; those who fail lead squalid lives and some eventually become I.Q. 30 glidiots, battling in the Glidiot Games in a pop-up maze where they kill one another for I.Q. points and for public amusement. 100s are not taught to read or write and believe that Corporate City is the last city remaining on Earth after an earlier war. The city is surrounded by The Great Wall, a ten storey construction that encircles the metropolis and separates it from the nuclear Wasteland beyond.
Joseph and his typical 100 family are attending the Glidiot Games, when he recognises the winner of the night. Having been haunted by nightmares involving this man, Joseph abandons his usual 100 caution to find out how their lives are connected. Together, they go beyond the Great Wall.
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I'm a Secondary Teacher of Drama and English at Colo High School in Sydney, but apart from this, over the years I have been involved in many interesting projects. In the earlier part of my life I was particularly active in song writing and performing, but as the years have gone on I have spent more time on literary works. As a high school student I was fortunate enough to be cast as 'Pip' in the 1973 ABC version of Ethel Turner's classic 'Seven Little Australians' and many other roles in television and radio followed. On this website, you will find my music, plays, musicals, and educational resources, much of which is available for free. I hope you enjoy poking around.