Solipsist at Dinner, The

2006-05stand-alone Short StoryElemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology, Steven Savile and Alethea Kontis, Eds, paper, Tor, May 2006

Stars and Gods
Wayne Morris;
A short meditation on the nature of solipsism and how it relates to human aging.

Wayne Morris, an aging writer, shares a sushi dinner with his old friend Nero. The two discuss the health issues brought on by Wayne's advanced years, and conclude that the theory of solipsism—everything that exists exists in one's own imagination—must be false, because who would voluntarily imagine themselves growing old, dealing with arthritis, hearing loss and the increased threat of cancer?