“The Luckiest Man in Denv,” Cyril Kornbluth, 1952 – (short) In a world of perpetual war, an ambitious young man vies for the favor of his superiors. If he plays his cards right with the General, he might move up to a higher floor than the 83rd floor in Denv, the colossal complex which houses his society.
Comments: Supercharged with paranoia, performance-enhancing drugs, and distrust among the sexes, workers, “classes.” Employs a height metaphor for hierarchy: everyone wants to be on a higher floor, to be “elevated” in the (corporate)/military hierarchy. Read in Hot and Cold Running Cities, The Road to Science Fiction, and Nightmare Age.
Author: Wikipedia: “Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 2, 1923 – March 21, 1958) was an American science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians.” Interested readers: “Re-reading Kornbluth” by Robert Silverberg. See also James Sallis’s review of C. M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary (2010) in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.