“The Question,” Donald E. Westlake and Laurence M. Janifer, 1963

“The Question,” Donald E. Westlake and Laurence M. Janifer, 1963 – (short short) A professor grading English I papers is interrupted by a tedious phone call.  He begins to suspect that the story of his life is being written by another.

Comments:  Themes: Surveillance, self-reflexivity, reality.  Recalls The Truman Show a bit.  Read in 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories.

Author: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_westlake): “Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 – December 31, 2008) was an American writer, with over a hundred novels and non-fiction books to his credit. He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction or other genres.”

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Janifer): “Laurence M. Janifer (March 17, 1933 – July 10, 2002) was an American science fiction author, with a career spanning over 50 years.”

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About jennre

Lifelong sf fan, first-time blogger
This entry was posted in 1960-1969, education, narrative, paranoia/schitzophrenia, reality/VR/surreal, surveillance. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to “The Question,” Donald E. Westlake and Laurence M. Janifer, 1963

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    Anything 60s and surveillance interests me… Although, I’ve not had great luck with Janifer in the past.

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