and write his own version. If you know what solipsism is, you're already ahead of the curve.
"The Men Who Murdered Mohammed."
By Alfred Bester (1913-87).
First appearance: Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1958.
Reprinted many, many, many times (HERE).
Short story (12 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
(Note: Text is faded.)
(Parental caution: Mild profanity.)
". . . I'd better warn you that this is not a conventional time story."
Judging from what happens in our tale, a time machine just might be the one means that a murderer should never try to use . . .
~ Henry Hassel:
". . . professor of Applied Compulsion at Unknown University in the year 1980."
"I'm not married yet."
~ Marie Curie:
"He taught her."
"What are you trying to do, Henry?"
"You must have missed."
~ George Washington:
"You talk funny, stranger. Where are you from?"
"Police! Police! Spy!"
~ Wiley Murphy:
". . . ignored Hassel, as did Mrs. Hassel."
~ Israel Lennox:
"We've committed chronicide."
- Plenty of info about Alfred Bester is available on Wikipedia (HERE), Galen Strickland's The Templeton Gate (HERE), the SFE (HERE), and the ISFDb (HERE); Wikipedia also has a SPOILERIFIC short article about our story (HERE), unless you skip the synopsis.
- The reference to a person "who might have passed for the third Smith Brother" undoubtedly applies to (THIS):