[LMB] identify short story?

Ed Burkhead ed at edburkhead.com
Thu Nov 11 17:17:28 GMT 2010

On 2010-11-11 11:09 AM, Lois McMaster Bujold wrote:
> So...
>     Back when (late 60's, early 70's), I read an SF short story  about 
> a frustrated young man who didn't qualify for the quick 'n easy 
> brain-download learning that all his friends had, presumably due to 
> some internal cognitive glitch; he had to laboriously learn everything 
> the old hard way.  The twist at the end was that rather than being, as 
> he thought, defective, he was an especially bright young'n, who was 
> being groomed to be sent out as a research scientist/galactic 
> explorer, into the unknown where there were not only no answers in the 
> back of the book, there was no book...
>     Title and author, anyone?

Isaac Asimov in the collection "Nine Tomorrows" the story is titled 


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