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
- NEW WRITINGS IN SF 21, ed John Carnell, Sidgewick
& Jackson,November 1972
- 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
- Orbit No 13, Rotterdam, Winter 1981 as Pendelaar