“Mr. Murphy of New York,” Thomas McMorrow, 1930 – Several speakers at a business meeting discuss the building of a skyscraper in Canabec. However, first they tell the story of the fall of a New York skyscraper, the Americus building. It had been thought that the metal failed, but perhaps Mr. Murphy’s leaving the faucet on played a larger role.
Comments: An alternate history that speculates on the evolution of architecture in modern cities. First published in The Saturday Evening Post, Mar 22, 1930. Read in The Classic Book of Science Fiction.
Author: Thomas McMorrow (1886-1957). ISFDB entry.