The Meeting (short story)

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"The Meeting" is a 1972 science fiction short story by Frederik Pohl, based on an unfinished draft by Cyril Kornbluth.[1] It was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction;[2] an audio version was read by Bradley Denton.[3]


Harry and Margaret Vladek have a son with severe developmental disabilities. They are offered the chance to have his brain replaced with that of a cognitively normal child who was killed in an accident.


"The Meeting" won the 1973 Hugo Award for Best Short Story,[4] tied with R. A. Lafferty's "Eurema's Dam". Lafferty subsequently claimed that it was "one of the worst stories ever written by anybody, anywhere", and stated that "out of common decency" he would not name it.[5]


  1. ^ introduction to "The Meeting" in "Platinum Pohl"; published 2007 by Macmillan Publishers, via Google Books
  2. ^ The Meeting, at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database; retrieved December 17, 2016
  3. ^ The Meeting, published September 26, 2011; retrieved December 17, 2016
  4. ^ 1973 Hugo Awards, at; retrieved December 17, 2016
  5. ^ My interview with R.A. Lafferty, by Tom Jackson; originally published in Lan's Lantern #39 (1991); published in the Sandusky Register, January 16 2015; retrieved December 17, 2016

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