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The Common Man

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Author: Dallas McCord Reynolds (Mack Reynolds)
Published: 1963
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,027 / 53 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,503
Added to site: 2007.10.26
mnybks.net#: 18716

It would, of course, take a trio of Ivory Tower scientists to conceive of tracking down that statistical entity, the Common Man, and testing out an idea on him. And only the Ivory Tower type would predict that egregiously wrongly!

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O'Gara said definitely, "My point's been proven. Our average man is a slob. Give him the opportunity to exercise unlimited freedom without danger of consequence and he becomes an undisciplined and dangerous lout."

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Ross Wooley had come in, scowling, just in time to catch most of that. He tossed his hat onto a table and fished in his pockets for pipe and tobacco. "Nuts, Pat," he said. "In fact, just the opposite's been proven. Don's just on a fun binge. Like a kid in a candy shop. He hasn't done anything serious. Went into a fancy restaurant and ate some expensive food. Sneaked into the hotel room of the world's most famous sex-symbol and got a close-up look." He grinned suddenly. "I wish I had thought of that."

"Ha!" Patricia snorted. "Our engagement is off, you Peeping Tom."

"Children, children," Braun chuckled. "I'll admit, though, I think Ross is correct. Don's done little we three didn't when first given the robe of invisibility. We experimented, largely playfully, even ch

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.3 from 3 reviews: ****
2014.06.25
kamal
***..

Awesome

2013.01.16
Sardo Weems
***..

A rather involved short story about three scientists trying to find an average man to test whether their invisibility serum can be released to the public. Things go very wrong.

There's a little political commentary slipped in along the way. It's nice one of the scientists is female and she actually participates in the story.

Nothing very profound, but an amusing story.

2011.11.17
gibel
****.

Entertaining short story. I wish it was me they tested the invisibility serum on, I would have had a lot more fun and caused the scientists a lot less trouble.


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