[LMB] OT: I need help finding the title of a particular classic SF story

Fred Smith fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us
Tue Nov 20 23:53:32 GMT 2018


On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 05:54:59PM -0500, Matthew George wrote:
> I once found a particular short story that I'd been searching for, kept
> careful note of its title and author... and now I find that I've misplaced
> both.
> 
> There was a trope used in various works (novels to short fiction) by
> different authors around the mid '60s to early '70s:  people were isolated
> from mainstream society, began experimenting with free love and drugs, and
> ultimately gained superhuman intelligence and powers.  It was this big
> thing for a while.  The story I'm looking for is the first, the one that
> marked the beginning of the trend.
> 
> I'm not thinking of "The Gold at Starbow's End" by F. Pohl, or the novella
> published in Omni about the community of blind and deaf people.  There's a
> particular story about a scientist who hypothesizes that just as a human
> raised by chimps would be permanently psychologically stunted, 'normal'
> people were stunting the development of those who had the capacity for
> more, and so arranged for the military to have children raised with a
> minimum amount of oversight and absolutely no contact with the outside
> world, to see what kind of people they'd turn out to be.  Then hippies and
> transcendence.  (Surprise!)
> 
> Does that sound familiar to anyone?  My searches in SF databases have
> turned up few clues, and I initially stumbled across the story by accident
> in a very old pulp printing of an anthology which I no longer have access
> to.

I know this  isn't it, but reminds me a little of Stranger In a Strange Land.

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