- The Little Man on the Subway
"The Little Man on the Subway" Author Isaac Asimov Country United States Language English Genre(s) Science fiction short story Published in Fantasy Book Publication type Periodical Publisher ? Media type Print (Magazine, Hardback & Paperback) Publication date 1950 Followed by "The Hazing"
The Little Man on the Subway is a fantasy short story by Isaac Asimov, originally published in the 1950 issue of Fantasy Book, and included in the 1972 collection The Early Asimov. It is based on a story written in 1941 by his friend, the author/agent/writer Frederik Pohl, under the nom de plume of James MacCreigh. Unable to get it right, Pohl asked Asimov to rewrite it, which he did. It was rejected by John W. Campbell and Asimov forgot about it. The story was finally sold to Fantasy Book in 1950.
Patrick Cullen, a conductor on the New York subway, is astonished when no-one gets off his train as it reaches Flatbush, the end of the line. He's even more astonished when the train starts moving again and travels on via various non-existent stations. He meets a man who introduces himself as Mr Crumley, who says he's practising to be a God and forthwith converts Cullen to believe in him.
Cullen meets other Believers and also gets involved in a conspiracy to depose Crumley. In the end, Crumley is deposed and the train, with Cullen on board, re-enters the Flatbush station.
The Early Asimov by Isaac Asimov
"The Callistan Menace" · "Ring Around the Sun" · "The Magnificent Possession" · "Trends" · "The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use" · "Black Friar of the Flame" · "Half-Breed" · "The Secret Sense" · "Homo Sol" · "Half-Breeds on Venus" · "The Imaginary" · "Heredity" · "History" · "Christmas on Ganymede" · "The Little Man on the Subway" · "The Hazing" · "Super-Neutron" · "Not Final" · "Legal Rites" · "Time Pussy" · "Author! Author!" · "Death Sentence" · "Blind Alley" · "No Connection" · "The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline" · "The Red Queen's Race" · "Mother Earth"
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