Looking for the title/author of a short sci-fi story about a domed isolated city where people are hypnotized?
I'm looking for the title/author of a short sci-fi story about a domed isolated city where people live in hypnosis, to see the city as lush, green and beautiful when in fact it's a horrible industrial inferno. The protagonist starts to see reality, thinking he's having horrible apocalyptic visions, when in fact he's seeing the city the way it actually is. A blind character who knows the truth tells him he's not having visions, and that everyone undergoes a hypnotic treatment to see the city as beautiful.
- 1 week ago
Found it: the story is "Jesting Pilot" by Lewis Padgett (joint pseudonym of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore). First published in "Astounding Science Fiction" May, 1947.
- tham153Lv 74 weeks ago
Not a short story, but this sort of describes the City of Oz. I've been involved in SF for 70 years, but not read this one
- Zac ZLv 74 weeks ago
I'm afraid that I'm not familiar with this story but it sounds like something that Philip K. Dick would write - he has quite a few stories that have the protagonists question the reliability of what they perceive as reality.
- Elaine MLv 74 weeks ago
Stargate SG1 did an episode like this in the last 3 years of its episodes.