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

Karen Hunt huntkc at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 12:23:46 GMT 2018


On Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 4:42 AM David Bernat <dbernat at gol.com> wrote:

> "Matthew George" <matt.msg at gmail.com> 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.
>
> Perhaps the trend goes back further.
>
> Wilmar Shiras wrote on a related theme in 1948.
>
> Theodore Sturgeon wrote on a related theme in 1950 and again in 1953.
>
> John D. Macdonald wrote on a related theme in the late 1940s.
>

If we're conducting a census of old tales on that concept, you could add
the movie Altered States (1980) based on novel by Paddy Chayefsky (1978).
It's not the oldest by a long stretech, but it made it to movie.

Karen Hunt


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