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Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats, the (1976) [Short Story]
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Summary :

Tilman Lipsitz walks shyly into the lab. On his left, Skinner slices the heads from rats after exposing them to shocks, pressure, and ice water, in the hope that their glandular secretions will tell him something about stress. On his right, Sheila, who's body screams desire at him every moment he sees her, shaves the hair from guinea pigs in preparation for electrode placement. Both sneer in contempt as he passes.

Further into the lab, another researcher is driving electrode spikes into a dog's shaved skull. A black Lab puppy, its vocal cords cut out, is dragging is denervated haunches along the wire mesh of the cage. And distant is the sound of a truck, bringing in a shipment of cats for experiments, packed dozens to a cage.

But Tilman has a secret. He loves his experimental "subjects", feeds them, cares for them, speaks gently to them. Unfortunately, his supervisor is after results, and so far Tilman has presented nothing of note. What's wrong with being gentle?

Original title: The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionScience Fantasy

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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