Trying to identify a short story in which someone whose job is to identify emerging groups of people with specialized interests and target them as niche markets turns those skills to helping some group hide their purchases and whatnot to evade that kind of targeting. Maybe the group being helped contained some relatives of the marketer? I'm pretty sure I read it within the past 15 years, and it's possible it was in one of those annual collections of SF short stories (like Dozois's series).
Greetings - A friend of mine in his 50s recalls reading a SF short story about a priest and a scientist in a ship headed to a remote island. The priest arrives at the island, the scientist does not, but later returns to discover that the priest has taken charge of the islanders, who worship him for the scientist's microscope he brought with him. Some sort of cargo cult moralizing ensues. This was my friend's favorite story as a kid, and he desperately wants to read it again. I confess that my own Google foo has failed, though I did turn up a couple books by one Everett Bleiler that catalog various SF stories, likely before the era in which this one was written. Anyone with enough encyclopedic SF knowledge, or searching skills, who can shed light? I will convey any answer with props to the green. ...JZ
I'm looking for the name of this classic SF story about a handful of astronauts stranded in space in radio contact but slowly drifting away from each other and running out of air. [more inside]
Help me name this SF short story. [more inside]
SF plot filter. Looking for story (maybe from Larry Niven) about a mysterious machine people keep on bumping into and immediately forgetting. [more inside]
Help me remember a science fiction story: colonists beaten to objective by faster earth ship. [more inside]
Trying to track down a kid's sci-fi short story about a girl whose neighbour was an alien who could detach and 'fix' body parts. [more inside]
What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
Again with the "identify this short story." [more inside]
Identify a science fiction story about a giant, unfixable traffic jam. (spoilers inside.) [more inside]
SF short story filter: I read this sci-fi short story a long time ago. It's fairly memorable...I'm hoping someone on AskMeFi knows of it. [more inside]
I have an idea for a SF novel (/screenplay?), but I have the nagging feeling that it isn't at all original. Have you read or seen this concept before? [more inside]
ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.