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I read the short story years ago about a con man who keeps trying to use time travel to get an inheritance. After all his scheming the universe uses a small meteor to kill the man in order to stop his meddling.

What's the name of that story?

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"Try and Change the Past" by Fritz Leiber (ISFDB, Wikipedia), a story in Leiber's Change War series:

If a statistician is looking for an example of a highly improbable event, he can hardly pick a more vivid one than the chance of a man being hit by a meteorite. And, if he adds the condition that the meteorite hit him between the eyes so as to counterfeit the wound made by a 32-caliber bullet, the improbability becomes astronomical cubed. So how's a person going to outmaneuver a universe that finds it easier to drill a man through the head that way than postpone the day of his death?

You may have read it in one of these.

You can read a copy online here

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