This was my Dad's favorite science fiction short story. It is I think the favorite of a lot of people. I believe the expression MYOB comes from this story.
Russell was born in 1905 near Sandhurst in Berkshire, where his father was an instructor at the Royal Military College. Russell became a fan of science fiction and in 1934, while living near Liverpool, he saw a letter in Amazing Stories from Leslie J. Johnson, another reader from the same area. Russell met up with Johnson, who encouraged him to embark on a writing career. ... Russell's first novel was Sinister Barrier, cover story for the inaugural, May 1939 issue of Unknown—Astounding's sister magazine devoted to fantasy. It is explicitly a Fortean tale, based on Charles Fort's famous speculation "I think we're property", Russell explains in the foreword. .... His second novel, Dreadful Sanctuary (serialized in Astounding during 1948) is an early example of conspiracy fiction, in which a paranoid delusion of global proportions is perpetuated by a small but powerful secret society. ... Russell took up writing full-time in the late 1940s. He became an active member of British science fiction fandom and the British representative of the Fortean Society. He won the first annual Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1955 recognizing his humorous "Allamagoosa" as the year's best science fiction. .. The 1962 novel The Great Explosion has won Prometheus Hall of Fame Award in 1985. The 1951 short story, And Then There Were None, was incorporated as the last chapter of that book -- about a man with a bicycle on a military space battleship that visits various planets hundreds of years after the great migratory explosion of humans from earth.
I apologize for the poor reading -- even for me -- but on the principle that anything worth doing is worth doing badly -- I wanted to make the story available to those who would never sit down and read it.