Christopher Anvil's "Gadget vs Trend" (short story, humor, free): Small Brother get a weapon to fight the Big Brother
Interesting illustration of the classic formula for a good science fiction short story - take a simple idea, & keep beating it to get the last drop of juice you can get out of it.
Story summary.An apparently innocuous invention - a soundproofing device - seems to have such wide ranging applications that it's causing major social upheaval...
Device in question is an electrically powered gadget called "QuietWall": attach it to a surface like a wall or door, & it will act as an impenetrable barrier to sound. Except that it's an impenetrable barrier to other things too...
- Arthur Clarke's "Silence Please": Another piece of humor set around a sound proofing device, but with a very different plot.
- Arthur Clarke's "What Goes Up": Another story with a device that has erected a practically impenetrable barrier to some volume of space. But this "barrier" has interesting properties, among them - it behaves differently on the two sides.
Fact sheet.First published: Analog, October 1962.
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Listed among the stories from John Campbell's Astounding/Analog.
Related: Stories of Christopher Anvil.