By Richard Marsten (Salvatore Albert Lombino, 1926-2005).
First appearance: Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1954.
. . . "We got a 211 from WIG on the TT. Fish had a carry away with a grifter, and we put a hang on citation and dumped the dip in the high power tank. So I got out an APB and contacted AID, but I thought it was just a 4172 LAMC."
"I see," I said. . . .
. . . "He was a passer, Pancho was. We needed a short robot who could reach up under the fixed tubular discharger. He filled the bill nicely. When the parts were discharged, he reached up for them, and then passed them on to another man who put them into the aluminum bodies. He was always making passes, Pancho was." . . .
. . . "That's the first sensible thing you've said for the last twelve pages." . . .
. . . "Dom, da-dohm-dohm," I hummed . . . .Parental caution: Strong language.
- As many of you savvy readers already know, "Richard Marsten" was a nom de plume of crime fiction writer Evan Hunter, also known as Ed McBain; see HERE for a Wikipedia article about him.
cause célèbre, famous writers rallying to its defense. Reviews singled out its savage humor and realistic dialogue." [Wikipedia HERE]
Category: Not so serious crime fiction (cybernetics division)