Short Stories

Mud Violet
—R. A. Lafferty

  •   · Excerpt    
      "“Properly to carry out the next assignment for this class, it will be necessary that you die,” the instructor said. “Some of you may not want to do this. If you do not, I will have to demerit you as for any other neglected assignment. There are several straight-A students in this class, however, and I am sure that they will want to continue so. To them I say ‘Carry out this assignment.’”"  —R. A. Lafferty
         · 1974 Locus 9th, Best Short Fiction

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