boiled action. Below is the 16th Dr. Feather adventure, in which a malefactor gets . . .
"Trapped by Astronomy."
By Ray Cummings (1887-1957).
First appearance: Popular Detective, March 1938.
Short story (10 pages).
Online at Pulpgen (HERE).
"An Alibi is Smashed as the Stars Look Down and Spell a Murderer's Guilt."
This case proves that scientists are human, too . . . unfortunately . . .
~ Horace Clyde:
". . . the well known, aged amateur astronomer, discoverer of Clyde’s Comet some
twenty years before, had been murdered."~ Sergeant Dolan:
"He’s lyin’ in his observatory right by the telescope, they say."
~ Murray Porter:
"Yes, he's dead, shot through the head."
"He could have been sitting at this finder eye-piece when he was shot."
~ Conway Nash:
"Good Lord, a thing like this to happen to us."
~ Judith Porter:
". . . gave a little cry of terror . . ."
". . . the grey-haired, smallish butler . . ."
~ Dr. Feather:
"You asked me if I was reading the answer to this in the stars. Well, that implies
astrology, Sergeant. But this was the cold, hard mathematical facts of astronomy."
Typo: "to get it put".
- "A new planet, a planetoid, a new little world encircling our Sun, out between Mars and Jupiter. Good gracious, if you could appreciate the importance of such a discovery!":
That's where most planetoids (i.e., "minor planets") are found. "Historically, the terms
asteroid, minor planet, and planetoid have been more or less synonymous. This termi-
nology has become more complicated by the discovery of numerous minor planets
beyond the orbit of Jupiter, especially trans-Neptunian objects that are generally not considered asteroids." (Wikipedia HERE).
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- Background info about Raymond King Cummings is at Wikipedia (HERE), the SFE (HERE), and the ISFDb (HERE); more of his works, both short and long, are at Fadedpage (HERE);
and an annotated list of his "inventions" is on the Technovelgy site (HERE).- It's been almost four years since we discussed several other Dr. Feather adventures (HERE).