"The Happy Breed"

Title"The Happy Breed"
Year for Search1967
AuthorsSladek, John T[homas](1937-2000)
Secondary AuthorsEllison, Harlan [Jay](1934-2018)
Secondary TitleDangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories
Pagination414-31 with an "Introduction" (414-15) by Ellison and an "Afterword" (431-32) by Sladek
Date Published1967
PublisherDoubleday
Place PublishedGarden City, NY
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author, US author
Annotation

Dystopia of a world without pain. The Therapeutic Environment Machines initially provide therapy, thus putting all therapists out of work, but gradually they come to control all aspects of life. They provided complete medical care, thus putting all doctors out of work. The only jobs were “Happiness Jobs–make-work invented by the Machines.” The Machines then regress everybody back to childhood. U. S. author who lived in the U. K. for about twenty years from 1966.

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Author Note

U. S. author (1937-2000) who lived in the England for about twenty years from 1966.

Full Text

1967 Sladek, John T[homas] (1937-2000). “The Happy Breed.” Dangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories. Ed. Harlan [Jay] Ellison (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967), 414-31 with an “Introduction” (414-15) by Ellison and an “Afterword” (431-32) by the Sladek in which he calls the story an example of the “Horrible Utopia” and says his model was Eugène Ionesco’s play, The Bald Soprano (1950) that depicted a world without evil. PSt

Dystopia of a world without pain. The Therapeutic Environment Machines initially provide therapy, thus putting all therapists out of work, but gradually they come to control all aspects of life. They provided complete medical care, thus putting all doctors out of work. The only jobs were “Happiness Jobs–make-work invented by the Machines.” The Machines then regress everybody back to childhood. U. S. author who lived in the U. K. for about twenty years from 1966.