What if the people began becoming dumber, more of them every generation?
Story is told from the perspective of Travis Alvarez, a technical man responsible for running that sewage treatment plants of the New York City. He's among the very few smart people left, a bit over 100 years from now.
We aren't told what happened to bring in this calamity.
Fact sheet.First published: Paolo Bacigalupi's "Pump Six and Other Stories" (2008).