A young man is given an experimental drug to boost his memory, which proves entirely too successful. In the end, it threatens to destroy his career and the lives of those around him.
I'm sorry, but I don’t care for this story at all. It’s a little too Hollywood—explained, of course, by the fact that it was originally written for Hollywood. (And, of course, having commissioned the story, they never used it.) It might work out translated to the small screen, but it isn’t really a high point in the body of Asimov’s writings.
As a bit of Asimov trivia, it’s mentioned by name in “The Phoenician Bauble,” one of the few instances of a story by Asimov being referred to in another piece of Asimov’s fiction.
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