By Timothy J. Gawne (HERE).
Illustration by Jacey (Jason Cook; HERE).
First appearance: Nature/Futures, 9 October 2019.
Short short short story (1 page).
Online at Nature/Futures (HERE; PDF).
"I have been sent here to determine the truth of said allegation."
There's an old legal saying . . .
~ The tall man covered in bright blue feathers:
". . . an official of the universal body that deals with intellectual-property violations."
~ Floyd Bromley:
"And what is being infringed?"
~ The man wearing a striped short-sleeved shirt with khaki trousers and tennis shoes:
"Tough break . . ."
- As you can see from his ISFDb page, Timothy J. Gawne has seen his SFF getting published since 2012.
- We've already encountered several stories dealing with the underlying premise of today's story: "Schrödinger’s Gun" (HERE), "Third Alternative" (HERE), and "Reversal of Misfortune" (HERE).
The bottom line: