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on: May 29, 2016, 09:54:02 PM
I'm really close to tracking down an old story, but I'm being foiled at the last step.

It was a humorous story about a time where just about no one could read. The protagonist begins to figure out reading on his own, and finds people who are interested in books. However, he discovers that these other "readers" are more concerned about the books' typefaces than the content. The sentence that sticks in my mind from the book was "Your lunch is radioactive".

I found that phrase on a Google Books search. I'm very limited in what more it will show me; I only know:
Analog Science Fiction/science Fact, Volume 102, Issues 1-4, page 55
I can't even see the table of contents. And I would think that someone would have made an online listing of what stories were in what issues, but I can't find one.

Does anyone have any ideas for me?


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Reply #1 on: May 30, 2016, 03:09:06 AM
Looks like the first quarter of 1982?

All cat stories start with this statement: “My mother, who was the first cat, told me this...”


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Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016, 02:26:50 PM
Thank you! Looks like it was "Pixie Dixon and the Mystery of the Haunted Playpen" by Ray Brown.