1878 or 2178, Some Things Remain the Same, by Roy C. Booth
Sitting comfortably in the space station lobby, Ignatz “Fats” Bredon heard the arrival of the shuttle back to Wylie IV. A knot of space miners strode toward him, the kind of rabble he usually ignored.
Not this time.
The men roughly grabbed him out of his seat and marched him down to the soon departing shuttle, all grim faced and determined. Soon he was unceremoniously thrown in along with a one way ticket.
“You can buy the mines! You can buy anything you want!” shouted their leader. “But buy our saloon and shut it down!? Mister, that’s cause for exile!”
Roy C. Booth is a published author, comedian, poet, journalist, essayist, screenwriter, and internationally awarded playwright with nearly 60 plays published (Samuel French, Heuer, et al) with nearly 800 productions worldwide in 29 countries in ten languages. Also known for collaborations with R Thomas Riley, Brian Keene, Eric M. Heideman, William F. Wu, and others (along with his presence on the regional convention circuit), Roy hails from Bemidji, MN where he also manages Roy’s Comics & Games. See his entry on Wikipedia for more.