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Budrys, Algis – “The Man Who Always Knew” (1956)


A very short one about a wealthy, world-famous “inventor” who, it turns out,actually produces nothing of his own – just knows how to buy low and sell high. Capitalism! The science-fictional aspect is his ability to know when and where someone is going to invent something – as in the bar where the scene takes place, as the bartender accidentally invents a new drink that Mr. McMahon buys from him.

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