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"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
- William Gibson

Movie Pill  
  Gives you the experience of having seen a movie.  

Efficiency is everything in Super City! I don't know if you're as tired of movies that are stretching into all-afternoon affairs as I am - but are you ready for this remedy?

"...if you want entertainment —"

"By gollies, yes !" said John Gleed.

"Then here's a movie substitute that the King of Speed has recommended very highly to the people of Super City." He held forth a small box of orange colored pills.

"Substitute? How the hell—?"

"His theory is that many people remember so little of what they see at the movie that they are as well satisfied by a chemically produced effect. Thus they save the time and cost —"

"You mean —?"

"Swallow a pill and you'll see. For an hour you'll feel a gathering tension throughout your body, with now and then a surprise laugh; then when your anxiety is up to a fever pitch, all at once every thing smooths out, and you get that pleasant tired feeling that always comes when the fellow finally kisses the girl. ... Or try one of these larger pills if you prefer double features."

"No, thanks!" John Gleed shouted as he bounded out the door.

From Ben Gleed, King of Speed, by Don Wilcox.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1939
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Compare to the extra-factual memories from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (1966) by Philip K. Dick.

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