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There is a short story (I think it was by Bradbury) that tells of a boy and his sister who find an ice cream store in the mall, but the store is un-manned and the ice cream is free. After lots of people discover the ice cream store, mysterious pods appear that have the ability to suck some of the fat from people's bodies. At the end, the boy's sister mentions something about the aliens using human fat as power. It's driving me and my roomie crazy trying to figure what the title is and who (if not Bradbury) wrote it. All we can remember is that we read it either in 7th or 9th grade. Any info at all would be greatly appreciated!!
 
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Not Bradbury, as far as I know.
Sounds like a dieter's fantasy to me...

By the way, check out the new site: http://www.raybradbury.com/
Lotsa Bradbury scholars there.
 
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Maybe Lime, Vanilla Ice meets Where Is Everybody? meets Body Snatchers! by Ray Serling Stevenson,...I believe.


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Does anyone have copy of Naming the Names that you could send to me?
 
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Alyciajo: There is a Russian website (with english translation) that has that story on line. I'll give you the general website address now, but there 's a specific part of it that has dozens of stories. I'll have to look for that address. But in the meanwhile, check this out...and maybe...there is a routing link to the list of stories I just mentioned. There are only 'introductions' to stories on this link .... http://www.immersion.raybradbury.ru/

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Well, ON the topic relating to this forum who here has read Martian Chronicles and what did he/she think? I know it's THE book that you read if you like Bradbury but I just wanted to get something interesting started here
 
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Visit the "new board" www.raybradbury.com
Lots of M.C. info there.
 
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There is much debate about what "The Book" might be for Bradbury fans. I personnaly like "Dandelion Wine" the best.
 
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patrask,
No kidding - there is much debate within MYSELF as to what THE Bradbury book is!
 
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Talking about "The Book"...

I wouldn't mind getting my hands on Ray's actual auto-biography, "The Dogs Eat Sweet Grass"...for more than the 3 minutes I had it in my hands originally. I think some of it is made up of interviews, and other parts perhaps written by Ray himself. But, alas...there are but a mere half dozen copies out there (or less)...hidden away...
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Hey wallflower1116, that story is called "Eat Now, Pay Later" but I don't know who its by. What I remember is that the ice cream shop had machines that gave irresistible treats that the people kept eating them and started gaining weight. After a while, they found the pods that they had to pay to use. After a certain amount of fat was removed, they were given a blue dot on their wrist, when joined with others, resembles bracelets. Anyway, I remember reading it in school too and I sure hope this helps.
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There is a short story (I think it was by Bradbury) that tells of a boy and his sister who find an ice cream store in the mall, but the store is un-manned and the ice cream is free. After lots of people discover the ice cream store, mysterious pods appear that have the ability to suck some of the fat from people's bodies. At the end, the boy's sister mentions something about the aliens using human fat as power. It's driving me and my roomie crazy trying to figure what the title is and who (if not Bradbury) wrote it. All we can remember is that we read it either in 7th or 9th grade. Any info at all would be greatly appreciated!!




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We have an answer! This came by way of Booksleuth at http://forums.abebooks.com/n/mb/compose.asp?webtag=abes...m&rptid=9246&rptsn=2

From:� libraryladytoo
To:� Cori

Carol Farley, "Lose Now, Pay Later." One day free candy is available at the mall. It's so delicious that weight obsessed teens can't resist it. Then stores open up offering to take your excess pounds for 25c a pound. Only a small boy thinks there might be a catch--maybe someone is farming humans?

Included in the 1995/1997 Scott Foresman textbook Cross-roads: classic themes in young adult literature (also found listed as Crossroads), as well as the Jane Yolen-edited anthology called 2041: twelve stories about the future by top science fiction writers.

(I rather suspected the title was slightly wrong when it didn't turn up in the Locus Index to Science Fiction at http://www.locusmag.com/index/0start.html which is pretty darn extensive.)
 
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