"Spectator Sport"

Title"Spectator Sport"
Year for Search1950
AuthorsMacdonald, John D[ann](1916-86)
Secondary TitleThrilling Wonder Stories (New York)
Volume / Edition 35.3
Pagination81-84
Date PublishedFebruary 1950
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Dystopia. The first man to travel to the future is ignored by everyone because they have all had lobotomies (been “lobed”). Everything is run down because people have access to what Aldous Huxley called “feelies” in Brave New World (1932). These allow a person the complete, tactile experience of another existence. In this society they are available temporarily until one has earned enough to be permanently attached to the system.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Strange Adventures in Science Fiction. Ed. Groff Conklin (London: Grayson & Grayson, [1954]), 99-105.

Holding Institutions

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Author Note

(1916-86)

Full Text

1950 Macdonald, John D[ann] (1916-86). “Spectator Sport.” Thrilling Wonder Stories (New York) 35.3 (February 1950): 81-84. Rpt. in Strange Adventures in Science Fiction. Ed. Groff Conklin (London: Grayson & Grayson, [1954]), 99-105. L, PSt

Dystopia. The first man to travel to the future is ignored by everyone because they have all had lobotomies (been “lobed”). Everything is run down because people have access to what Aldous Huxley called “feelies” in Brave New World (1932). These allow a person the complete, tactile experience of another existence. In this society they are available temporarily until one has earned enough to be permanently attached to the system.