My 'book store guy' had located these for me:
- Clifford D. Simak's City. Linked SciFis from 1944-1951 about a future where man has left the cities.
- The Marching Morons (1951) and the -kinda- prequel, The Little Black Bag (1950), I had to buy Eight Worlds of C. M. Kornbluth to find in print (I seriously need an e-book reader )
The story is set hundreds of years in the future: the date is 7-B-936. John Barlow, a man from the past put into suspended animation by a freak accident involving a dental drill and anesthesia, is revived in this future. The world seems mad to Barlow until Tinny-Peete explains the Problem of Population: Due to a combination of intelligent people not having children and excessive breeding by less intelligent people, the world is full of morons, with the exception of an elite few who work slavishly to keep order. Barlow, who was a shrewd real estate con man in his day, has a solution to sell to the elite, in exchange for being made World Dictator.
And my Foundation and Earth
I was a really happy shopper today.