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Craig Mac Laughlin
Posted on Monday, November 12, 2007 - 07:24 am:   

This is driving me absolutely screaming yellow zonkers. There is a famous classic science fiction short story by one of the major Golden Age authors, if I remember correctly, and I can't "pull it in"! It is stuck in my brain like a strawberry seed jammed into an inaccessible crevice between my teeth.

The whole body of the work is the details of this man running a race to save his family and the prize is a piece of land. Only at the climax of the story is it revealed that the significance of having land is because the world is ludicrously overpopulated.

I am embarrassed to ask for help...I should be able to recall this, it is so famous. Nevertheless, the story title and author elude me. Would one of you be kind enough to help?

Thanks, Craig
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 05:59 am:   

I read this plot description and immediately thought it sounded like a Robert Sheckley story, but I can't tell you which one.
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Fabrice Doublet
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 07:57 am:   

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