By William Lawrence Hamling (born 1921).
First appearance: Amazing Stories, December 1945.
Short story (11 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"It was going to be easy to murder Barton Elmore and get away with it. There he stood; but which of him to shoot?"From The Killer's Handbook, Rule No. 1: "If you intend to murder somebody, for your own safety and convenience make sure there is only one of him . . ."
~ Steve Mercer, pilot of the starship Voyager and assistant to Barton Elmore:
"Money. All the money he would want. Power. All the power he would want."
~ Barton Elmore, Head Physicist at the Astrophysics Institute:
"Steve, we've hit a world where simulacra is running wild!"
- You can read all about our author William Lawrence Hamling and his works at Wikipedia (HERE), Fancyclopedia (HERE), the SFE (HERE), and the ISFDb (HERE); there's an interview with Hamling at eFanzines (HERE).
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The bottom line:
I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls . . .