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silenus 06-16-2019 07:53 PM

ID the SF short story, Part 993774588
This one has bugged me for years, but I can't be arsed to ask Spider. So, I'll ask you people.

I read a story back in the 70s that I'm pretty sure had Spider's pen name of D. B. Wyatt on it. It was a twist on the "Three Wishes" schtick, only this time the genie keeps giving Our Protagonist more wishes and none of them are booby traps. After a middling period Our Hero gets really bored and notices that the genie is having more fun with the wishes than he is. So he confronts the genie, gives up all his remaining wishes and asks to join the genie in messing up people's lives. The genie then tells him
"Welcome to Heaven. You've freely given up all you have with no thought of recompense, to go out and do good. Welcome." Our Hero looks around, smells dope, sees a Chinese buffet and hears Janis riffing with Jimi and smiles. The End.

What in the name of the Seven Buddhas is the title of that story and where can I find it?

silenus 06-17-2019 04:28 PM


Guess I'll have to bother Spider then.

Darren Garrison 06-17-2019 04:59 PM

I'm guessing that you are talking about Spider Robinson, but I'm not finding info that he used the penname D.B. Wyatt?

silenus 06-17-2019 05:31 PM

Sorry, flipped the initials. It's B. D. Wyatt.

DocCathode 06-17-2019 08:28 PM

Silversmith Wishes by Robert Sheckley?

Andy L 06-17-2019 10:04 PM

I thought I'd read just about everything Spider wrote, and this doesn't sound familiar (here's a list of Spider's works

The Sheckley could be right - the description excerpt here sounds right, anyway

silenus 06-17-2019 10:18 PM

That's it! No wonder I couldn't find it in any of Spider's catalog. Now where in the hell did I get the idea Spider wrote it?

eta: That also shows me where I read it - the May 1977 issue of Playboy.

Darren Garrison 06-17-2019 10:34 PM

It is found in the collection The Robot Who Looked Like Me. You can read it here.

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