“The Golem,” Avram Davidson, 1955 — An elderly Jewish couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gumbeiner, are enjoying an autumn day on the porch when a grey-faced man approaches. The golem announces that he’s come to destroy them, but the old couple talks it senseless, eventually gaining control of it.
Comments: Mentions Frankenstein, R.U.R, Asimov’s robots. Read in The Best of the Best, ed. Merril. Another Davidson tale that seems to cross genres.
Author: Wikipedia: “Avram Davidson (April 23, 1923 – May 8, 1993) was an American writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche… The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says ‘he is perhaps sf’s most explicitly literary author.'” See also Steven H. Silver’s review of Davidson’s fiction and Joshua Cohen’s review in The Jewish Daily Forward.