I read a short story in grade 8, and I cannot remember the author or the title. The short story was in our textbook for that year (sadly can't remember the title of the textbook, either; I was in grade 8 in Nova Scotia in 1983). The story went something like this:
A girl and her father are celebrating Christmas on the Moon (I think it was the moon). Her father is pleased that the Christmas tree is materialized by a beam from a far-away materializaton complex. His daughter is not nearly as happy with this, so she finds a control panel in the house and turns off the tree.
Her father gets upset about this, and as I recall, she further taunts her father by turning off other switches. She sees labels on the switchboard for things like the sofa, so she gleefully turns off the sofa, further angering her father.
As she goes down the panel, switching things off, she sees there's a switch for the house itself, so she turns off the house. Her father and her are now standing on a bare concrete platform, with only themselves and the swithboard sticking up out of the platform.
Her father by now is quite irate, but she finds a switch for her father and turns him off.
The last switch on the panel has her name on it.
I really wish I could remember the author or title of this short story, because I still remember these details of it 22 years later.
Has anybody else read this story who would remember the title and the author?