The World Where Wishes Worked. Copyright 1971, 1999 by Stephen Goldin. All Rights Reserved.
Cover image Copyright © Andrew Siew.
There once was a world where wishes worked.
It was a pleasant enough place, I suppose, and the people were certainly happy. There was no hunger in this world, for a man had only to wish for food to have it appear before him. Clothing and shelter were equally easy to obtain. Envy was unknown there—if another person had something that seemed interesting, it was only a wish away from anyone else. There was neither age nor need. The people lived simple lives devoted to beauty and the gentle sciences. The days were a pleasant blur of quiet activity.
And in this world, there was a fool.
Just the one.
It was enough.
The fool looked about him one day, and saw that everything was the same. Beautiful people doing beautiful things amid the beautiful scenery. He walked away from the others, down to a private little dell beside a lily pond, overhung by graceful willows and scented with spring fragrance. He wondered what things would be like if something new or different were to be. And so he concocted a foolish scheme.