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Problems of Creativeness (1967) [Short Story]
by Thomas M. Disch Rating: Weighted - 6.4 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Birdie Ludd is not a bright young man. He has accomplished nothing of note in his short two decades on this earth, and his life has been one long string of failures -- academic and social.

Unfortunately, genetic laws have ensured that those of lower than average potential would not be allowed to reproduce, and his sweetheart, Milly, doesn't want anything to do with him until he gets permission to have a family. The problem is, the system works exactly as it's meant to, but should it?

Published in Fantasy and Science Fiction (April 1967). Reprinted in:

  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories

Rewritten as 'The Death of Socrates' in a much altered form

Original title: Problems of Creativeness
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionPoliticalDystopia/Utopia
FictionScience FictionSocial Criticism
FictionScience FictionSpecies Evolution

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     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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