“You Were Right, Joe,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957

“You Were Right, Joe,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957 — An unidentified man is transported to the future, an idyllic place where the only rules are “don’t annoy anyone and try not to be easily annoyed.”  He finds himself in a Charles Atlas body, a little disconcerted.  Women freely and repeatedly offer sex to him; eventually, he refuses and gets a bracelet indicating that he wants to be leave alone.  Meanwhile, he continues to report to Joe, presumably his partner on the other side.  Anachronisms begin to appear: a sabre-toothed tiger, a cavemen, men with muskets.  It’s revealed that his experiment has created a weakened in the temporal membrane, which will close on the futuristic side without incident, but which will not be good for Joe–unless he really is listening.

Comments: Read in The Fourth Galaxy Reader.

Author: Wikipedia: “J. T. McIntosh (14 February 1925 – 2008) was a pseudonym used by Scottish writer and journalist James Murdoch MacGregor.”

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