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

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Wed Nov 21 05:52:11 GMT 2018

On Tue, 20 Nov 2018, 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.

By the Omni story, you mean "The Persistence of Vision" by John Varley?

> 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!)

If I were to guess an author, I'd try Philip Jose Farmer or Theodore Sturgeon 
or Robert Silverberg...

> 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.

Alayne McGregor
Editor, OttawaJazzScene.ca
613-454-5358 x1

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