OK, tricky one. I know the title, not the author.

Sometime in the last couple decades, ANALOG magazine ran a story called "Super Hero" about a robbery of a submarine sandwich shop (hence the pun title).

It takes place in a future where genetic engineering has given people an assortment of traits, which many of the possessors use for crime. An unaltered person wins out against the robbers by using talents developed by training, not genetic manipulation.

I'd like to track this down, but I need the author name. Yes, I've tried Google; it fixates on the title and serves up DC and MCU references, nothing useful. The magazine website itself has no search facilities for stories last time I looked, and I cannot return to the fora there as password recovery requires the old password, which I lost with an HD crash. So, hive mind of Stack Exchange, can you assist please?


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"Super Gyro" by Grey Rollins

Review from Stranger than SF:

Linus works in a gyro shop. When gunmen hold them up, a few customers try and fail to use their genetically enhanced powers to overpower the criminals. Linus, with no power, must outthink the gunmen and take them down.

  • face palm I should have thought of that spelling...
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 31, 2019 at 1:26
  • @FuzzyBoots I did think of that spelling when chatting about the "hero" pun, but that didn't loop back to the title!! 🤦🤦🤦🤦
    – DavidW
    Commented May 31, 2019 at 2:10
  • Oh, heck! I didn't even think of all the alternate names! Thanks so much! Commented Jun 2, 2019 at 3:22

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