I'm looking for a short story about neanderthals living quietly with us. I recall they were off-grid in urban areas. A charismatic male and partner. Probably written in the 70's

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    Off-grid in urban areas? How does that work?
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 18:25
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    @amaranth Very poorly. Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 18:54
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    So not The Gnarly Man by Spague de Camp?
    – Broklynite
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 19:04
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    Please add more details; you can look here for some examples. Once you come up with more distinguishing features, edit your post to add them. Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 20:27
  • Gnarly Man doesn't seem to fit his description. I seem to recall a story like this though. I don't know that his partner was necessarily a neanderthal, and I believe they lived in a junkyard or something. All my short-story anthologies are boxed in my garage, or I would see if I could find it.
    – JSM
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 23:22

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The Alley Man is a short story by Phillip Jose Farmer

Its about a junkman named Old Man Paley who may be the last Neanderthal alive.

He lives on the outskirts of a city with two women, earning a living by going through trash, when he is discovered by an grad student named Dorothy

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    This is the one I was thinking of; it is mentioned in the wikipedia article on Gnarly man. Here is the story
    – JSM
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 23:29
  • This was the same one I thought of right away.
    – Lorendiac
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 1:52
  • Great place to start! Thank you! I will check out my anthologies and the library.
    – Ang
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 19:45

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