Every morning he tried very hard not to waken into his uhappy world,
but the wall bleeper would only get louder until he turned it off
to let his mother know that he was awake and would be out for breakfast
as soon as he had washed and dressed.
Normality “involves comaprison to a standard – but how
do you judge the standard?” (blurb). How, indeed?
The initally unnamed boy hates waking up on a birthday, because
he’s never had one. I can almost hear you ask: “But
why not, Graham?” for the very good reason . . . but
that would be telling. ‘Un-Birthday’ is another
James White story that was denied its rightful Hugo award.
I suspect some jiggery, and a whole lot of pokery.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
- ANALOG, February 1996
(Shortlisted for International Science Fiction Award, HUGO,
1997. came second by 17 votes.)
- Shortlisted for International Science Fiction Award,
HUGO, 1997. came second.