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Tape Jockey

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Author: Tom Leahy
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,376 / 17 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 834
Added to site: 2010.05.30 27964

Pettigill was, you might say, in tune with the world. It wouldn't even have been an exaggeration to say the world was in tune with Pettigill. Then somebody struck a sour note....

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ody struck a sour note....]

The little man said, "Why, Mr. Bartle, come in. This is indeed a pleasure." His pinched face was lighted with an enthusiastic smile.

"You know my name, so I suppose you know the Bulletin sent me for a personality interview," the tall man who stood in the doorway said in a monotone as if it were a statement he had made a thousand times--which he had.

"Oh, certainly, Mr. Bartle. I was informed by Section Secretary Andrews this morning. I must say, I am greatly honored by this visit, too. Oh heavens, here I am letting you stand in the doorway. Excuse my discourtesy, sir--come in, come in," the little man said, and bustled the bored Bartle into a great room.

The walls of the room were lined by gray metal boxes that had spools of reproduction tape mounted on their vertical fronts--tape recorders, hundreds of them.

"I have a rather lonely occupation, Mr. Bartle, and sometimes the common courtesies s

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Lisa Carr

A story really only marred by the technology of the time--tape recorders. In a society broken into castes, each caste is broadcast music each night that will soothe and reassure it. A newspaper reporter interviews Mr. Pettigill, the man who has been in charge of the tapes and broadcasts for 20 years. The reporter's idle question sets a chain of events going.
It's a two-character story, and the characters have little back-story, but the plot was entertaining.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1954) Sci-fi (Future society mind control)

From 'IF Worlds of Science Fiction' March 1954.

R: ***

Plot bullets

  • The government prescribes and provides a nightly dose of music.

  • What if the tapes could be manipulated?



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