Looking for a collection of short stories that take place in the future of earth. I can't be certain on the publish date as I read it in the late nineties, but I have the feeling it was published earlier than that.

Here are some of the stories I remember:

1) Story where some teenage girls ate some sort of snack thing that was free, but it caused them to gain weight, and there was a convenient weight loss place next door ran by the same people that cost.

2) Story where rock 'n' roll was banned, and a kid joined some sort of street gang. I just remember the end where the dad revealed he was into it as well and was a big fan of Bruce Springsteen.

3) Story where kids could wear extra ears where they could hear better, and products/items would often say things, but they had to get rid of them when they grew up.

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2041: Twelve Short Stories About the Future by Top Science Fiction Writers, edited by Jane Yolen. 1990.

  1. Lose Now, Pay Later by Carol Farley:

describes two new stores at the mall--one that gives away free sweets (swoodies) and the other, a costly instant weight loss center.

  1. Who's Gonna Rock Us Home? by Nancy Springer

  2. Ear by Jane Yolen


  • Hah, just realized we're closer to the year those stories are set than the year they were published.
    – CBredlow
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 18:31

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