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On Handling the Data

by M.I. Mayfield

Sometimes a story is best told by omission!

The Putnam Tradition

by Sonya Dorman

Through generations the power has descended, now weaker, now stronger. And which way did the power run in the four-year-old in the garden, playing with a pie plate?

A Bottle of Old Wine

by Richard O. Lewis

A grim tale of a future in which everyone is desperate to escape reality, and a hero who wants to have his wine and drink it, too.

Three Lines of Old French

Barry Westphall Crashes The Singularity

News of Paris -- Fifteen Years Ago

The Silk Road

Cully

by Jack Egan

By all the laws of nature, he should have been dead. But if he were alive ... then there was something he had to find.

Forging Ahead

The Foreign Hand Tie

by Randall Garrett

Just because you can "see" something doesn't mean you understand it—and that can mean that even perfect telepathy isn't perfect communication....

Telempathy

by Vance Simonds

Suppose you really knew what everyone was feeling... suppose you had a surefire way of predicting public reaction. Wouldn't you wonder, sometimes, if it could backfire?

Dead Man's Planet

by Joseph Samachson

When a driven man arrives at a cemetery world, what else can it be but journey's end—and the start of a new one?

Off Course

by Mack Reynolds

Shure and begorra, it was a great day for the Earth! The first envoy from another world was about to speak--that is, if he could forget that horse for a minute....

Service with a Smile

by Charles Louis Fontenay

Herbert was truly a gentleman robot. The ladies' slightest wish was his command....

The Real Hard Sell

by William W. Stuart

Naturally human work was more creative, more inspiring, more important than robot drudgery. Naturally it was the most important task in all the world … or was it?

Her Turn

Atoms of Empire

by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne

The wandering Englishman, the atom of empire, at sundry ends of the earth is not always good company in the flesh, but in Mr. Cutcliffe Hyne's stories he is good company. For the reader is not in the position...

Flamedown

by Horace Brown Fyfe

It was, of course, one Hell of an ending for a trip to Mars—

Jack of No Trades

by Charles Cottrell

First we discovered the Willy Maloon category. Then we discovered Willy himself. Then we data-researched, and postulated a theory. Everything was easy, until it came to the question of proof.

Inside John Barth

by William W. Stuart

Every man wants to see a Garden of Eden. John Barth agreed with his whole heart—he knew that he'd rather see than be one!