“My Object All Sublime…,” Poul Anderson, 1961 – A man listens to his new friend explain how criminals of the future are punished by forcing them into exile in the “foreign country” of the past. The man claims to have been dropped in Poland in 1939; his crime is never revealed, but it is implied that criminals are placed in past situations which approximate the crimes for which they are guilty.
Comments: Read in 12 Great Classics. The title line is from the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, The Mikado, and was later used by a character in DC Comics: “My object all sublime .. . I shall achieve in time – to let the punishment fit the crime.”
Author: Wikipedia: “Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century.”