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This was one story in a paperback collection of three stories, all by the same author I believe. The collection was titled "Three Tales of the Wolf".

In the post-apocalypse story, the desert-dwelling survivor kills a courier delivering desperately-needed vaccines to a high-tech enclave.

In the second story, people start wearing prosthetic memory devices called 'Ticklers' that manage their schedule, send messages, and give them an advantage in business. The Ticklers become sentient and begin using their humans as hosts. The hero persuades the Ticklers that Earth is too small for their ambitions, so they build a spaceship and abandon the human race.

In the third story, pressures building up in the human race cause increasing violence and suicides. Governments respond by inventing an alien threat and moving the economy to a war manufacturing footing.

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    The middle story is "The Creature from Cleveland Depths ("tickle", not "tickler", btw). It was collected in The Night of the Wolf by Fritz Leiber
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 18:57
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    That looks right. The first one would be "The Night of the Long Knives" (here The Wolf Pair), "My plates were stainless steel biting and chewing ridges, smooth continuous ones that didn't attempt to copy individual teeth"
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 19:03
  • @FuzzyBoots - That's the one. Do you want to do the honours or shall I?
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 19:04
  • Go ahead. I'm busy at work. :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 19:06
  • Probably "Sanity" for the third one, although I have not found a summary yet.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 19:06

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You're describing the novella collection "The Night of the Wolf" by Fritz Leiber.

My plates were stainless steel biting and chewing ridges, smooth continuous ones that didn't attempt to copy individual teeth

An engineer devises a little clockwork/tape-based thing where a man can make notes and reminders, and the device would give the wearer a slight shock, a "tickle" when the time hit, reminding him to check his appointments.

“Modern life” has driven everyone insane, but the World Manager has a secret ten-year plan."
“Sanity,” Fritz Leiber, 1944 - Jennre Review

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  • That's it!!! Thanks so much! I'd upvote your answer, but I'm just a guest...
    – bill
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 21:01
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    Since you are relatively new to the site, if the answer is correct, please mark it as so by clicking the gray check mark to the left. Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 21:02
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    How old are these stories? 1976, eh? The "tickle" reminds me of my cell phone vibrating when I have an alarm go off...
    – Nate
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 23:46

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