“The Education of Tigress Macardle,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1957

“The Education of Tigress Macardle,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1957 — Purvis (Elvis?) is elected president, and four years later establishes himself as King Purvis I.  / At the same time, Dr. Fu Manchu, “that veritable personification of the Yellow Peril, squatting like some great evil spider in the center of his web of intrigue” plans world-domination from his lair.  His insidious plan is to get the PQP passed, the Parental Qualifications Program. / Cut to George Macardle and his girlfriend Tigress Moone.  Tigress maneuvers George into moving in together, getting married, and then “getting” a baby. / Aside from the future: a class at Columbia, Chronoscope History Seminar 201, retch at George and Tigress’s desire to do their duty to posterity by procreating.

Back to George and Tigress.  The insidious PQP requires all prospective parents to take a robot baby home, to prove that they’re competent parents.  The couple gives up quickly.  / In the future, the professor points out the genius of Dr. Wang cum Fu Manchu’s insidious plan: “the first boatloads of Chinese landed in California three generations–or should I say non-generations?–later, unopposed by the scanty, elderly population.” The futuristic professor grooms his mandarin mustache and looks out over the ride paddies in Central Park. The students bow and leave for their next class, “The Hound Dog as Symbol of Juvenile Aggression in Ancient American Folk Song.” The narrator notes that this is all that has remained of the reign of King Purvis I.

Comments: Read in Infinity One.

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.


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