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

Bill Welch moremoth at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 02:03:41 GMT 2018

Something on those lines, though I can't remember the details, I'm afraid:
Commencement Night, which when I looked it up in isfdb is by Richard Ashby,
Astounding, August 1953.  (I remembered it was in Astounding and that was
enough for Google to point to the right page of the isfdb).  It's been
anthologised a few times.

Bill Welch

On Tue, 20 Nov 2018 at 23:53, Fred Smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us>

> 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.
> >

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