"It's Cold Outside"

Title"It's Cold Outside"
Year for Search1956
AuthorsWilson, Richard(1920-87)
Secondary TitleIf Worlds of Science Fiction
Volume / Edition7.1
Pagination4-35, 116
Date PublishedDecember 1956
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

The story begins in a regimented New York City in which there is no rain because it has been diverted to where it will fill a reservoir. The “Suggestion” of the City-State Council are, in effect, law. Children are grown in a laboratory from the egg and sperm of the parents because the Council “suggests” that parents don’t do it the old way. The focus of the story is a couples’ resistance to the entire system and their desire to escape to the outside. 

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Science Fantasy 8.22 (1957): 2-39; and in his Those Idiots From Earth: Ten Science-Fiction Stories (New York: Ballantine Books, 1957), 115-60.

Illustration

 Illus. Emsh [Edmund Alexander Emshwiller (1925-90)].

Holding Institutions

MoU-St, PSt

Author Note

The author (1929-87) was director of the News Bureau of Syracuse University.

Full Text

1956 Wilson, Richard (1920-87). “It’s Cold Outside.” Illus. Emsh [Edmund Alexander Emshwiller (1925-90)]. If Worlds of Science Fiction 7.1 (December 1956): 4-25. Rpt. in Science Fantasy 8.22 (1957): 2-39; and in his Those Idiots from Earth: Ten Science-Fiction Stories. New York: Ballantine Books, 1957), 115-60. PSt

The story begins in a regimented New York City in which there is no rain because it has been diverted to where it will fill a reservoir. The “Suggestion” of the City-State Council are, in effect, law. Children are grown in a laboratory from the egg and sperm of the parents because the Council “suggests” that parents don’t do it the old way. The focus of the story is a couples’ resistance to the entire system and their desire to escape to the outside. The author was director of the News Bureau of Syracuse University.