“The Great Air Monopoly”
Published under the pen name Rene Lafayette
Publication date: September 1948
Original publication: Astounding Science Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Ole Doc Methuselah
Story description: Ole Doc Methuselah and his companion, Hippocrates, discover that a man named Tolliver has monopolized the air on the planet Arphon, taxing the inhabitants tyrannically for making the air breathable. The Soldier of Light uncovers the truth—an atmosphere contaminated with ragweed—and exposes Tolliver’s scheme to control the planet.
Currently available in the book Ole Doc Methuselah.