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Harry Harrison

Make Room! Make Room!

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    344 MILLION CITIZENS IN THESE GREAT UNITED STATES
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    They had become close in spite of their difference in ages: Think young, be young, Sol had always said, and he had lived up to his own rule.
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    One time we had the whole world in our hands, but we ate it and burned it and it’s gone now.
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    So mankind gobbled in a century all the world’s resources that had taken millions of years to store up, and no one on the top gave a damn or listened to all the voices that were trying to warn them, they just let us overproduce and overconsume, until now the oil is gone, the topsoil depleted and washed away, the trees chopped down, the animals extinct, the earth poisoned, and all we have to show for this is seven billion people fighting over the scraps that are left, living a miserable existence — and still breeding without control.
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    Look, we live in a lousy world today and our troubles come from only one reason. Too goddamn many people.
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    he stayed out in front, carrying a compact, battery-operated bull horn: a gray metal trumpet with a microphone set into the end.
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    “Two, four, six, eight — Welfare rations come too late. Three, five, seven, nine — Medicare is still behind.”
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    “ ‘Kwash’ is short for ‘kwashiorkor.’
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    “Gratitude you can’t expect, a salary you can. It’s a job.”
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    I heard some fancy stories on the TV, but it was so much bushwa.
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    “…I’m not your grandpa, shmok, since I haven’t committed suicide yet, which I would if I was.
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    One thing about cigars, if they dry out you can bring them back to life just like Lazarus, or better maybe, he couldn’t have been smelling too good after being buried four days.
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    Men should be spoiled, it makes them easier to live with
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    It rained the rest of the day, which, in every other way, was like any other day
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    “Married man, happily married and three kids and I wouldn’t change if you offered me one of those TV queens with the knockers big as fire hydrants.”
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    the polythene evidence bag
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    He usually moved slowly and talked slowly and this was deliberate because some people expected a Negro to be that way.
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    She went through most of the channels this way until she settled, as she usually did, on Channel 19, the Woman’s Own Channel, which showed nothing but soap-opera serials, one serial at a time with all the episodes compacted together into a single great, glutinous chunk sometimes running up to twenty-four hours.
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    A man’s head filled the fifty-inch screen
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    “The authorities have seen to it that we cannot work, no matter how fit or able we are, and they have fixed the tiny, insulting, miserable handout that we are supposed to live on and at the same time see to it that money buys less and less every year, every month, almost every day…”
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