Thursday, June 16, 2016

Time Out, by Norman Spinrad

(SF Humor) A scientist who lost the fortune he made from inventing a smart pill decides he can make another fortune by inventing a stupid pill. (966 words)

Rating: 3, Unremarkable

"Time Out," by appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, published , by .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: Clearly, the stupid pill worked. Part of the joke is that the narrator's problem with life appears to be that he makes bad choices--it has nothing to do with his intelligence. He's just as foolish either way--he just expresses it differently when he's stupid.

Con: It isn't very funny.

3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. *sigh*

    most of the Probability Zero shorts aren't very funny in my experience, despite best efforts

  2. Actually, do they still do these? I just glanced through my copy of the July/August issue and didn't see one.

  3. "Probability Zero" shows up two or three times a year, but not in every issue.