By John Jakes (born 1932).
Illustration by Paul Callé (1928-2010; HERE).
First appearance: Super Science Stories, August 1951.
Reprinted in Super Science Stories (Canada), August 1951 and the Argosy Special: Science Fiction, 1977.
"He pointed the gun at her. She noticed his eyes, intense now, the peaceful quality gone. She wanted to scream."
Much like the Bard centuries ago, a man with no future will come to realize how inexorably "Time's fell hand" moves across life, that eventually—and against everything he does—it
"will come and take my love away" . . . .
~ Vincent Deem:
"She was a lovely woman, the only one who has ever loved me."
"Where do you come from?"
". . . laughed at first, and then she grew frightened, and ran to her mother . . ."
"He is very strange. Very strange indeed."
~ The young man:
"I've been here since yesterday, hunting you."
~ Mrs. Childs:
"Twice dead, and the roses."
- Is history immutable, incapable of being changed even if there's a time machine handy? There have been a lot of furrowed brows over that vexatious question. Peruse the following chart and decide into which one, if any, of the following theories our story would seem to fit: