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Scion Scientific Fiction, 1953

"To believe in a scientific theory strongly enough to be willing to use one's own son as the 'guinea pig' is faith indeed!"
Hall Paget, one of London's greatest brain specialists and surgeons in the year 1975 made the announcement--and Russell Sheldon, equally famous and equally skilled, listened.

...In 1980 both Hall Paget and Sheldon found themselves unable to watch their "experiment" with their usual care, for the relentless demands of atomic war kept them constantly on the move. They became separated: they traveled to the fighting fronts in far countries: they vanished in the holocaust and slaughter which brought civilisation to its knees in 1985... and Simon Oscar Paget was thrown into the aimless, drifting sea of homeless children, his only identification a charred label around his neck bearing the first two names "Simon Oscar -----"
The welfare authorities found him: the family of Slade, who had lost their own children in the onslaught, adopted him. He seemed so unusually bright for a ten-year-old, and not at all sullen or embittered by the fury of the war which had raged around him.
He began to take his place in the scheme of things, entirely ignorant of two famous surgeons who had endeavoured to turn him into a genius.

--from the first chapter

I suppose I don't need to tell you that the central action of this pulp novel happens in 2000 A.D. You'll never believe what we have in store for us... I guess we better get busy inventing visiphones and audiographs. Of course, by now we have contacted "all the inhabited planets" and made "voyages of discovery" to "many dead worlds."

Well, no, we haven't quite gotten that far, but have you seen McNuggets? Or pyramid schemes? Or Neo-Nazis? The world of the future is a wondrous place.

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