Paycheck and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
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First published in Future Science Fiction Oct 1954

In the tropey “Meddler” some men peek hundreds of years into the future using a machine called the Time Dip and discover humanity has been wiped out. They send a man forward in time to investigate why, and when he returns he inadvertently brings back the thing (in this case hyper-intelligent butterflies) that ends up destroying mankind.

Cast of characters

  • Wood – operator of the Dip
  • Hasten – travels into the future to find out what has doomed the humans