"We Install"  
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Author Harry Turtledove
First Appearance Analog
Collected We Install and Other Stories
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publication date Jan-Feb 2013

"We Install" is a short story by Harry Turtledove published in the January-February 2013 issue of Analog magazine as a "Probability Zero" feature, and collected in We Install and Other Stories.

The unnamed narrator was relaxing at home while his wife Debbie prepared supper in the kitchen when the doorbell rang. He answered it and found Eric, a sales representative from Superior Solar, waiting with a pitch for a new solar system. The existing system came with the house so the narrator invited Eric in to discuss his company's products.

However, things aren't what they seem and the story takes a punny twist.

Literary comment[]

Turtledove got the idea when a salesman offered him "solar systems" meaning solar power systems. His daughter Rebecca pointed out the obvious pun, and Turtledove gave her royalties for the resulting story.