TRANSITORY ISLAND

by Richard Wilson. From Cosmos, Volume 1, Number 2, May 1941. When three men are alone on a barren island in the middle of nowhere, how can two of them disappear without a trace? DOUG PELTON CHUCKED a valueless penny into the Pacific and laughed grimly. He was remembering a questionnaire he had answered ten years ago in college. "What three objects or persons would you like to have along if you were stranded on a desert island?" He had listed: "Mary Astor, the complete works of Shakespeare, and a shaving kit." Well, here he was on a desert island, but without Miss Astor, with nothing to read Continue reading