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Can You Name This Story? (Part 24)

Our own Fred Kiesche is relaying a challenge from Nyrath concerning a story description looking for a title.

Do any of you out there know the title to this story?

I’m looking for a SF short story, geared torward adolescents, where the plot entailed a controlling society where a boy goes out of his way to systematically act anti-social. The two major plot devices are that males and females are chemically tied together for mating/marriage (society picks appropriate matches), and the fact that each individual is given their “lifelong earnings” at age 18. The reason the boy goes anti-social is so that he can get out of the chemical mate-matching so that he can marry the girl he loves and gives up his money to do so. Which by this point in this society is unheard of.”

Can you name this story?

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3 Comments on Can You Name This Story? (Part 24)

  1. Hey batta batta batta hey batta batta batta SWING batta!

    Thanks all, for your help…this is driving a friend of mine nuts…

  2. Is your friend one “Al.Anderson” ?

    “Future Perfect” by A. E. van Vogt

    Info is from:

    Looks like we were beaten to the punch!

  3. Urm, no, my friend is not “Al.Anderson” but Winch Chung, a.k.a., Nyrath the Nearly Wise. And thanks for the pointer, I’ll pass it back.

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