Category Archives: generational conflict

“Kindergarten,” Fritz Leiber, 1963

“Kindergarten,” Fritz Leiber, 1963 – (short short) An eight-year-old boy receives a college education in one day. Comments: Another story of a child with a mismatched interior, dangerous due to abnormal socialization.  Education as programming for the mind. Author: Wikipedia: … Continue reading

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“Day of the Truce,” Clifford D. Simak, 1963

“Day of the Truce,” Clifford D. Simak, 1963 — The Punks versus the suburbanites in a fortified, futuristic community. Comments: Theme of generational conflict.  Read in Nightmare Age.  Wikipedia: “The local ‘Punks’ take advantage of the once-a-year truce to ransack … Continue reading

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“The First Men,” Howard Fast, 1960

“The First Men,” Howard Fast, 1960 – (Alternate title: “The Trap”) A scientific experiment in a controlled environment produces telepathic, hyper-intelligent superchildren from different races, proving that environment is “total.”  The children’s abilities progress to the point where they are … Continue reading

Posted in 1960-1969, biological determinism, communication, difference/tolerance, education, eugenics/heredity, evolution, generational conflict, intelligence, love/family/children, psych/mind/madness, race/civil rights, scientific ethics, superhumans, the scientist | 1 Comment

“The Die-Hard,” Alfred Bester, 1958

“The Die-Hard,” Alfred Bester, 1958 – (short short) The last “man” on earth is visited in his rest home by the new, “adjusted” cybernetic human male.  Most of the standardized males are named Tom, although they employ subtle distinctions in … Continue reading

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“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, … Continue reading

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“Fair,” John Brunner, 1956

“Fair,” John Brunner, 1956 — A man rides an escalator to the top of the “fair.” Along the way, he muses on media saturation, speed, loss of intimacy, generational conflict, youth, the dumbing down of culture, guilt for the wars … 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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“Cost of Living,” Robert Sheckley, 1952

“Cost of Living,” Robert Sheckley, 1952 – A man sells his son’s future in exchange for modern conveniences he can enjoy during his own lifetime. Comments: Themes include debt, consumerism, generational conflict, advertising, family.  Read in Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative … Continue reading

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“Zero Hour,” Ray Bradbury, 1947

“Zero Hour,” Ray Bradbury, 1947 – A story of children who “turn traitor” due to the influence of aliens. Comments: Another story involving unsocialized, “alien” children.  See also the Kuttners’ “When the Bough Breaks.”  Philip K. Dick’s “The Father-Thing” reverses … Continue reading

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“When the Bough Breaks,” Lewis Padgett, 1944

“When the Bough Breaks,” Lewis Padgett (Kuttner and Moore), 1944 – Strange beings arrive to declare a young couple’s baby their future genius-king, the next stage in human development.  They report that the king has tasked them with traveling in … Continue reading

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“Mimsy Were the Borogoves,” Lewis Padgett, 1943

“Mimsy Were the Borogoves,” Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and Catherine L. Moore), 1943 – Children stumble upon a bag of toys sent from the future by a post-human scientist. In learning how to play with the toys–which includes a multi-dimensional … Continue reading

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“The Man Who Awoke,” Laurence Manning, 1933

“The Man Who Awoke,” Laurence Manning, 1933 – A scholarly banker learns how to halt “life” by shielding himself from the cosmic rays which induce it to move; he also a drug that induces suspended animation.  He awakens thousands of … Continue reading

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“The Old Folks’ Party,” Edward Bellamy, 1876

“The Old Folks’ Party,” Edward Bellamy, 1876 — “[A] group of young men and women in 1875 decide to assume the roles they think they will be playing fifty years hence…At their next weekly meeting they will become what they … Continue reading

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“A Thousand Deaths,” Jack London, 1899

“A Thousand Deaths,” Jack London, 1899 — A man is killed and brought back to life as part of a gruesome series of experiments by his father, a cold, overly-intellectual scientist.  He creates a distintegration machine, slays his father, and … Continue reading

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