Category Archives: overpopulation

“The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass,” Frederik Pohl, 1962

“The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass,” Frederik Pohl, 1962 – (short short)  Snodgrass travels back to Year One and to solve the world’s medical problems, only to create a population crisis that threatens to destroy all human life. Comments: Read … Continue reading

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“Billenium,” J. G. Ballard, 1961

“Billenium,” J. G. Ballard, 1961 – (Alternate title: “Billennium”)  Overpopulation has sensitized everyone to space, including Ward, who measures his ceiling to make sure the upstairs neighbor isn’t pulling a fast one.  When he discovers a hidden room and shares … Continue reading

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“Build-up,” J.G. Ballard, 1957

“Build-up,” J.G. Ballard, 1957 – (Alternate title: “Concentration City“) Overpopulation in the future has led to such building density that an aspiring aircraft designer and physics student, Franz, can’t find enough “free space” to “re-discover” the concept of flight.  He … Continue reading

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“Ullward’s Retreat,” Jack Vance, 1958

“Ullward’s Retreat,” Jack Vance, 1958 – Lamaster (Landmaster) Ulward dazzles his house guests with his apartment’s elaborate wall-holograms, which provide the illusion of space, and his priceless tree, with its exotically-real dirt.  But Ulward finds he needs more.  When circumstances … 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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“The Census Takers,” Frederik Pohl, 1955

“The Census Takers,” Frederik Pohl, 1955 — A brutal Area Boss oversees a census which means life or death to the residents of his ward.  An alien arrives to warn humanity of the danger it faces it it remains on … 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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“Friend of the Family,” Richard Wilson, 1953

“Friend of the Family,” Richard Wilson, 1953 – Overpopulation and lack of conservation have led to a resource crisis.  The state outlaws births, but a young couple defies the law and is threatened with blackmail.  A mysterious stranger arrives and … Continue reading

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“The Marching Morons,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1951

“The Marching Morons,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1951 — A real estate agent from the 20th century (John Barlow) is revived in an over-populated, media-suffused future where slogans such as “I’d buy that for a quarter!” are eagerly consumed by the … Continue reading

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