Captive Market


Manuscript received at SMLA Oct 18, 1954               

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    In "Captive Market" an old woman gifted with precognition has previewed the futures to find one in which survivors on the radioactive earth need supplies for their escape to a safe planet. As the proprietor of a small-town country store, she has the business acuity to recognize this windfall; her canniness outweighs any sympathy she may  have for their plight. Making trip after trip into their time continuum with the supplies for which they pay in worhtless-to-them pre-war money, she selfishly refuses to tell them a vital fact she had also previewed -- they will continue to fail to escape.


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