| || “Of Time and Eustace Weaver” |
aka “The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver”
by Fredric Brown
First publication: Ellery Queen’ Mystery Magazine, Jun 1961
When the eponymous hero invents a time machine, he’s quite happy to embark on a career of larceny, gambling, and playing the market to make his riches, knowing that if things go awry, he can always return to the start.
When the story was reprinted in Nightmares and Geezenstacks it was presented as three separate vignettes (’The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver, Parts I, II and III), but the original EQMM publication had just one entry (Of Time and Eustace Weaver) in its table of contents.
He could become the richest man in the world, wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice. All he had to do was to take short trips into the future to learn what stocks had gone up and which horses had won races, then come back to the present and buy those stocks or bet on those horses.