I am trying to find a short story from a science fiction collection that I think I read around 1981 from my school library. I think it was called "Night of the Millennium" and it was about a couple of boys who, during the celebration of the millennium end up in some adventure involving someone with "an illegal laser pistol" and at the end it turns out his gym teacher is a member of some secret space program and the main character has been recruited to join this program. Does this sound at all familiar? Thanks so much in advance - this is killing me!

  • If you know the name, what's left to find? Apologies if I've not understood your question.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Mar 22, 2016 at 13:08
  • Possibly because they can't find that story under that name, so they might be wrong? :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 22, 2016 at 14:17
  • @AncientSwordRage - My initial search only turned up "Night of the Millennium", a ghost story by another, rather more famous author, Ruskin Bond.
    – Valorum
    Mar 22, 2016 at 15:52

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"Night of the Millennium" by Edward D. Hoch?

As the world prepares to celebrate the onset of the 2000s, a young man faces decisions about his career choice. As he tries to decide between becoming a laser surgeon like his father or a high-paying, high-profile job in communication engineering. The man who is trying to recruit him gets caught up in a plot to cause a revolt at the millennium celebrations and Tommy (the young man) comes to his rescue....this causes Tommy to think about a third career choice.

  • Good call, Richard. I read that story a few months ago and it does seem to match up to my memories.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 22, 2016 at 15:33
  • @FuzzyBoots - This one was deceptively hard to find. There's another story with the same name and a much more famous author.
    – Valorum
    Mar 23, 2016 at 12:29
  • Yeah. I did some searches earlier in response to AncientSwordRage's question, and was similarly finding only the better known one.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 23, 2016 at 12:42
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    @CaptainPlanet - Don't forget to upvote and click the "accepted" button :-)
    – Valorum
    Mar 23, 2016 at 15:05

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