Tuesday, May 1, 2018

"This Is a Machine Such As a Guy Could Get Very Rich With, and I Am a Guy Such As Likes the Idea of Being Very Rich"

"Chronic Offender."
By Spider Robinson (born 1948).
First appearance: The Twilight Zone Magazine, May 1981.
Reprints page (HERE).
Short story (10 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
(Note: Text is somewhat faded.)

". . . in which Harry the Horse takes a gander at the present—and almost gets caught in a pair of ducks."
Yes, you read that right—a pair of ducks . . .
- The usual impeccable data stockpiles have mass quantities of info about Spider Robinson: Wikipedia (HERE), the SFE (HERE), and the ISFDb (HERE).
- Robinson dedicates this one to a writer whose influence is still being felt:

   "In respectful memory of Damon Runyon,
   "Who knows no other tense than the present,
   "And sometimes the future."

See the ONTOS posts (HERE) and (HERE).

- And it was just last week we encountered a machine that, if improperly used, could also produce a pair of ducks (HERE).

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