Wednesday, April 15, 2009

William M Lee's "Junior Achievement" (short story, humor, free): When a bunch of superkids had an entrepreneurial dream...

Illustration by Schoenherr of the fantastic kite the kids invented in the story Junior Achievement by William M LeeDefinition: "a junior achievement group is a bunch of kids who get together to manufacture and sell things, and maybe make some money."

Five boys & girls, aged 10-12, want to start a junior achievement group during school vacations. Their teacher, Donald Henderson, has agreed to guide them. Only, these kids move rather fast for their teacher...


  1. I've sometimes heard a saying in Bombay, not sure how common it is across India. Something to the effect: couples that have been married a while begin looking alike!

    This story gives an explanation for the phenomenon, real or imaginary: "Perhaps from association, for they were close friends, they had just come to have a certain similarity of restrained gesture and of modulated voice."

Fact sheet.

First published: Analog, July 1962.
Rating: A.
Download full text from Project Gutenberg/Manybooks/Feedbooks.
Listed among the stories from John Campbell's Astounding/Analog.