Category Archives: drugs/pharma

“I’ll Get Rid of Your Discontent,” Taku Mayumura, 1962 (2007 Tr.)

“I’ll Get Rid of Your Discontent,” Mayumura Taku, 1962 (2007 Tr.) – A salesman buys a curious object which promises to comfort him whenever he feels embarrassed or frustrated with others or the world.  He’s warned not to use it … Continue reading

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“Big, Wide, Wonderful World,” Charles E. Fritch, 1958

“Big, Wide, Wonderful World,” Charles E. Fritch, 1958 – A group of men decide to forgo their regular Needle treatments in order to “have a nightmare.”  The nightmare they see is the black, bombed out (post-war?) reality that is intended … Continue reading

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“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958

“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958 – Los Alamos, May 1945: Edward Royland is a theoretical physicist pondering the ethics of creating the atom bomb.  He’s transported by a Native American fable/ritual (and peyote) to a world where the Nazis … Continue reading

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“Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” Kurt Vonnegut, 1954

“Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” Kurt Vonnegut, 1954 — Gramps is a tyrant, disinheriting relatives over and over on a whim, and his relatives anxiously wait for him to die in order to inherit his wealth and space.  Life in … Continue reading

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“Starting from Scratch,” Robert Sheckley, 1970

“Starting from Scratch,” Robert Sheckley, 1953 – (short short) With a little prodding from mind-bending drugs, the universe is revealed to be a dream within a universe within a dream. Comments: A form of open-ended story, a recursive reality.  Read … Continue reading

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“The Luckiest Man in Denv,” Cyril Kornbluth, 1952

“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 … Continue reading

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“The Little Black Bag,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1950

“The Little Black Bag,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1950 – A black bag full of user-friendly medical devices from a future in which humanity is divided into a small number of geniuses and a large number of “marching morons,” is discovered … Continue reading

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“The Morning of the Day They Did It,” E. B. White, 1950

“The Morning of the Day They Did It,” E. B. White, 1950 – Technology has progressed to the point where food has become toxic, everyone must take Anti-Tri-D shots, euthanasia is advertised on television, culture has been “debased,” and visual … Continue reading

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“The Plutonian Drug,” Clark Ashton Smith, 1934

“The Plutonian Drug,” Clark Ashton Smith, 1934 – A scientist (Dr. Manners) and a sculptor (Melcoth) discuss the advances in narcotics since interstellar travel.  Among them, plutonium (from Pluto), a rare drug that allows the user to see a few … Continue reading

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“The Finger of the Past,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932

“The Finger of the Past,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932 – An executive dealing in pharmaceutical patents is offered the chance to purchase a machine which can project scenes from the past, and this comes in handy when a valuable patent … Continue reading

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“The Eternal Man,” D. D. Sharp, 1929

“The Eternal Man,” D. D. (Drury Dubose) Sharp, 1929 – A scientist discovers an anti-aging serum and gives it to his rat, then himself.  While it may afford immortality, it also causes paralysis.  He watches humanity live its life and … Continue reading

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“A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” Edgar Allan Poe, 1844

“A Tale of the Ragged Mountains,” Edgar Allan Poe, 1844 — The narrator makes the acquaintance of the curious Mr. Augustus Bedloe, a man of peculiar appearance and great attachmen to his physician and constant companion, Doctor Templeton.  Templeton is … Continue reading

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“The Roger Bacon Formula,” Fletcher Pratt, 1929

“The Roger Bacon Formula,” Fletcher Pratt, 1929 – A man is overhead pontificating about various topics, including Marx, communism, and Roger Bacon.  He’s eventually approached by a man who claims to have undiscovered papers by Bacon. The stranger offers the … Continue reading

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“The New Accelerator,” H. G. Wells, 1901

“The New Accelerator,” H. G. Wells, 1901 – A new drug speeds up the perception of time. Two young men experiment with the drug and one finds the experience somewhat terrifying. Comments: Deals with themes of scientific irresponsibility, time, perception, … Continue reading

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