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Billenium (1961) [Short Story]
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Ward and Rossiter live in an overpopulated world. The population at 20 billion, the Housing Commission has decided that it would be best to reduce the legal living space from four square meters to three. Forced out of his apartment by the landlord, who has decided that his (illegal) four and a half square meter apartment deserves an extra half month's rent, he buys a new cubicle space in a slummy section of town.

Then in a fit of exasperation, he punches the wall, knocking out a small section. Behind it is a large, empty, forgotten room, fifteen feet to a side.

Published in New Worlds, November 1961.

Reprinted in:

  • Billennium and other stories
  • The Terminal Beach
  • Cosmic Critiques, ed. Isaac Asimov & Martin H. Greenberg, Writer’s Digest 1990
  • The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992)
  • The SF Collection, ed. Edel Brosnan, Chancellor Press 1994

Original title: Billenium
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionScience FictionBleak FuturesOverpopulation, Plagues

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Cities of Wonder (1966) [Anthology]
      Authors: E. M. Forster , Robert A. Heinlein , Brian W. Aldiss , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , James Blish , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Damon Knight , Cyril M. Kornbluth , J. G. Ballard , Don A. Stuart , John W. Campbell , Robert Abernathy , Stephen Vincent Benét
     Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard, the (1978) [Collection]
      Author: J. G. Ballard
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz

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