(IBList user synopsis):
The time when robots make our lives easier has arrived. They manufacture everything for us. Too much of everything, in fact, and it has become everyone's duty to consume as much as they can. The poorer you are, the more you're expected to consume.
Morey has tried and tried to consume as much as he's rationed, but he can't quite seem to do it, until he has a brilliant idea that just might get him in a whole lot of trouble.
Originally published in Galaxy, April 1954.
Reprinted in The Best of Frederik Pohl, 1975; and The Mammoth Book of Vintage Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1950s, ed. Isaac Asimov, Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg, Robinson 1990.
Original title: The Midas Plague
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Anthropology/sociology
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Best of Frederik Pohl, the (1975) [Collection]
Author: Frederik Pohl