“Eternity Lost,” Clifford D. Simak, 1949 – The senator who wrote the ethical code governing the distribution of life extensions learns that his party has denied his next life extension, only one hundred years before the time when all humanity can be expected to enjoy immortality. He is now cast in the lot of those other “non-essential” people who are not valuable enough to society to be preserved, and he begins to glean some of their anger. In revenge against his party, he makes a public announcement denying the life extension process, only to find his own extension shortly afterward in a neglected pile of mail.
Comments: Interesting for its discussion of utility of persons and how those without value are excluded from the medical technologies of the day. Read in The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology.
Author: Wikipedia: “Clifford Donald Simak (August 3, 1904 – April 25, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. He was honored by fans with three Hugo awards and by colleagues with one Nebula award and was named the third Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1977.”