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September 2nd, 2008, 10:16 AM
synposis (as I remember it): sociologist says he can predict how an organisation will grow and set it up to continue growing rather than failing. Friend/colleague is sceptical, so they agree to try it out on a small town women's group. When they revisit in a few weeks, organisation has grown like topsy; when they visit again in a few months, organisation has metamorphosed and then again in a couple of years it has become a political force and looks like taking over the country.

Any ideas...? I can almost see the anthology it was published in but can't find it anywhere on my shelves! Driving me up the wall, esp. as want to mention it to a student to demonstrate some aspects of networks.

Hope someone can help!


September 18th, 2008, 03:37 PM
"The Snowball Effect" by Katherine MacLean.

September 21st, 2008, 09:08 PM
I read that either in the Oxford Science Fiction Short Stories, or in the Aldiss edited Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus if that's any help.