A little man with a fondness for riding on subways (among other things) named Crumley has made himself a god. When he steals one last subway train with its conductor, however, things to awry and he faces a revolt of his followers.
As with "Legal Rites,” this fantasy is a collaboration between Asimov and Fred Pohl—Pohl had been working on the story and called in Asimov to help him out when he couldn’t quite manage to get it right. It wasn’t sold until nearly a decade after it had been written, but is really not all that bad. It isn’t a major story by any means for either Pohl or Asimov, but is enjoyable enough. I wouldn’t rate it quite as high as “Legal Rites,” which is hilarious, but I would hardly rate it low either.
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