Saturday, 21 November 2020

X Marks The Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber + #FreeBook


X Marks The Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber
Published in Worlds Of Tomorrow magazine in America in April 1963

X for my 2020 Alphabet Soup Challenge.

How I got this book:
Downloaded the ebook free from Project Gutenberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Based in material in Ch. 7--"First Clashes of the Wheeled and Footed Sects"--of Vol. 3 of Burger's monumental History of Traffic, published by the Foundation for Twenty-Second Century Studies.

I discovered this deliciously grim short story during my now-annual Project Gutenberg hunt for a book title starting with X to complete my Alphabet Soup reading challenge. (Last year I picked out Xingu by Edith Wharton.) Leiber's tale is set in a futuristic American city where people are no longer divided by political affiliation, but by whether they get around on foot or by wheel. The animosity has grown so intense between the two groups and violent aggression so frequent that mowing down little old ladies on pedestrian crossings is now only illegal if one fails to honk one's horn beforehand! X Marks The Pedwalk is outrageously shocking, even more so perhaps because of its brevity. It's a chilling snapshot of an intolerant society with disturbing parallels in the present day situation.


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