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The suspect was dishevelled and, if he was contused as well, the sergeant had left his marks in places where they did not show.

‘Mr Smith’ (the sad-sack suspect) is being interrogated by bad-cop Sergeant Greer and good-cop Inspector Michaelson.  “. . . Sergeant Greer was completely lacking in charm when he was angry”/Michaelson kept his tone grim but friendly . . .”  So far, so Dime Detective magazine.  But we soon find ourselves reading the best time-crossed lovers short story yet written.*  If ‘Commuter’ had been published in Galaxy or F & SF instead of the Anglocentric NWiSF, I feel sure that Jim would have notched up another Hugo award nomination.  (Voters for the 1972 Retro-Hugos please take note.)

I don’t care what anybody else thinks.  Especially you – at the back.

Synopsis by Graham Andrews
First Publication:
  •  NEW WRITINGS IN SF 21, ed John Carnell,  Sidgewick & Jackson,November 1972

Publication history:
  •  WRITINGS IN SF 21,Corgi pb, September 1973
  •  NEW WRITINGS IN SF Special One, eds Carnell/Bulmer, Sidgewick & Jackson omnibus edition,  contents NW IN SF Nos, 21-22-23, July 1975

Forgein Publication:
  •  Orbit No 13, Rotterdam, Winter 1981 as Pendelaar


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