The Test

“The Test” was the second story written while at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop to see print. No other stories produced at that workshop were ever published. I felt that it was more important to use what I had learned to go forward and write new (hopefully) better stories rather than to patch up the flawed stories I had produced while there.

“The Test,” published in the September 1982 issue of Potboiler, was written in the form of a citizenship test given in the year 2026 to potential Earth immigrants. (And 2026 seems so much closer now than it did when I wrote the piece in 1979.) This humorous story, combined with “Brain Drain,” was what caused Damon Knight to recommend that I stick to comedy.

That was the only advice of his that I did not take.