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Bob Rehak <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 12 Apr 2004 16:14:11 -0500
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This is almost certainly a short story by John D. MacDonald (who executed
a few gems of science fiction alongside his great Travis McGee and crime /
melodrama novels). I taught it in a mass comm course a few years ago as an
example of early VR fears a la The Matrix.

Complete reference:

MacDonald, John D. "Spectator Sport." The Great SF Stories 12. Eds. Isaac
Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg. New York: Daw, 1984. 19-25.

Take care,

On Thu, 8 Apr 2004, James Monaco wrote:

> Here's my 1950s Sci-Fi Query.
> It's not a film (at least i don't think so), but a short story that has
> stayed with me ever since.
> Sometime in the future (maybe as late as 1990). The streets of New
> York. There is little traffic. Grass is growing in the streets. Stuff
> happens. More stuff happens.
> The punchline is that by this time everybody makes enough money by the
> time they are thirty to retire, go down in the basement, and plug
> themselves into the TV to live other lives for 50 or a hundred years.
> Once in awhile, they wake up to change the channel. For a couple of
> years you are John Wayne. Then for a few years more you are Jimmy
> Stewart. Then Alan Ladd.
> (Actually, I was Alan Ladd, but only for two days. That's another
> story.)
> Does anyone have a lead?
> If not, can you recommend a list to direct this query to?
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