Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip Jose Farmer:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Amazing work won the Hugo Award for best novella for its year (1968). A rambling diatribe that takes place in a not-so-distant future in which all citizens receive a free salary - the purple wage without the need to work. (The title is a take-off on Zane Grey's well known Western novel Riders of the Purple Sage.) Select an invention:

Fido
Combination television, news camera and surveillance device.

Fornixation
Electrical stimulation of the pleasure centers of the brain.

Purple Wage
Guaranteed subsidy paid to every citizen.

 

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