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Criminal Act, a (1967) [Short Story]
by Harry Harrison Rating: Weighted - 6.1 / Average - 5.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Benedict Vernall has just committed a capital crime -- having an illegal baby. Restricted by law to two children, he attempted to have a third in violation, and the law decrees that an individual has to be terminated to make room for the new addition to society.

Therefore, again according to law, a bounty is placed on the offender's head and a volunteer is requested to be Benedict's hunter. If the bounty hunter is successful, he gains a bounty and terminates the offender. If he loses, he dies in Benedict's place, and the criminal is allowed his third child. Now, Benedict just has to find a way to outwit his hunter, and save his family in the process...

Published in Analog (January 1967). Reprinted in:

  • Prime Number
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • 50 in 50

Original title: A Criminal Act
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionBleak FuturesOverpopulation, Plagues

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz
     50 in 50 (2001) [Collection]
      Author: Harry Harrison

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