The World as Will and Wallpaper  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"The World as Will and Wallpaper" (1973) is a story by R. A. Lafferty collected in Iron Tears. Its title references The World as Will and Representation. It was anthologized in Future City and by Terry Carr in The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 (1974).


"Dystopian satire referring to William Morris (1834-96), whose name is used for the protagonist. A city encompasses the world, which is built above land and oceans. The one area of trees in the city is considered huge in that it covers two blocks. The story follows a man who wants to explore the world and his trip reveals that most people are illiterate, communicate poorly, and have very limited lives, but that there is an elite who created the city to keep the majority of the people content and controlled."[1]

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