Saturday, March 11, 2017

"He Dropped a Fundamental Law of Physics and Smashed It into Atoms"

"I Get Off Here."
By Ford Smith (Oscar J. Friend, 1893-1963).
First appearance: Thrilling Wonder Stories, Winter 1945.
Short short story (9 pages).
Online at SFFAudio (HERE) (PDF).
"Dr. Devore Ragon, Head of the Solar Observance System Detective Agency, Solves the Teleportation Kidnaping of Lovely Vedalia Crown!"
In the Twenty-second Century, criminals have been keeping up with the latest scientific advances—the ones they can steal, anyway. When Vedalia, the daughter of J. Harvard Crown, head of the Crown Interplanetary Newscaster Service, is kidnapped, bed, gossamer-thin nightgown, and all, Crown calls for Devore ("Dee") Ragon, superscientific detective and Vedalia's bashful boyfriend, to find her. Catching this abductor (who boastingly calls him-
self Mr. Hermes) would be quite a challenge (he can appear and disappear at will), if it 
weren't for a little trick that Vedalia has up her diaphanous sleeve.

Comment: Clearly this story was meant to launch a series, but for some reason the author never went any further with it.
Typos: "out of of a room"; "My give name is Devore."

- The usual Internet sources have information about our Friend, Oscar: Wikipedia (HERE), the SFE (HERE), the Fancyclopedia (HERE), and the ISFDb (HERE).

The bottom line: "When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room."

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