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Show Business

by Lyle G. Boyd

Here's the behind-the-scenes lowdown on Luna City life and a promoter of Martian dancing girls, vaudeville, and—other things. But remember: stop us if you've heard this one!

The Wealth of Echindul

by Noel Miller Loomis

Though he carried with him the loot of the ages, who in The Pass—that legalized city of vice and corruption—would dare risk his neck to help Russell, the Hard Luck Man of the Swamps?

Direct Wire

by Clee Garson

Mort and Mike got strange calls on this phone; they didn't come through Central!

Do Unto Others

by Mark Irvin Clifton

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.... And the natives of Capella IV, philosophers at heart, were not ones to ignore the Golden Rule....

Get Out of Our Skies!

by E.K. Jarvis

The long-suffering public went along with billboards and singing commercials; they tolerated half a dozen sales pitches in a half-hour radio or TV show...

The Insanity of Jones

The Honored Prophet

by William E. Bentley

The black dwarf sun sent its assassin on a mission which was calculated to erase the threat to its existence. But prophesies run in strange patterns and, sometimes, an act of evasion becomes an act of fulfillment....

The Anglers of Arz

by Roger D. Aycock

In order to make Izaak Walton's sport complete, there must be an angler, a fish, and some bait. All three existed on Arz but there was a question as to which was which.

Junior Achievement

by William M. Lee

Fallout is, of course, always disastrous— one way or another.

Fair and Warmer

by E. G. von Wald

Tensor's melancholia threatened to disturb the entire citizenry, and that was most uncivil! So—if these peculiar aliens caused him this distress, by provoking his intellectual curiosity, the remedy was for...

Iron Wit

Daughters of Doom

by Herbert B. Livingston

Deep in space lay a weird and threatening world. And it was there that Ben Sessions found the evil daughters . . .

Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot

by Dick Purcell

Being one of the richest men in the world, it was only natural that many people anticipated the day he would die. For someone should claim— Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot.

The Flying Cuspidors

by V.R. Francis

A trumpet-tooter in love can be a wonderful sight, if Local 802 will forgive our saying so; when extraterrestrials get involved too—oh brother! V. R. Francis, who lives in California and has previously appeared...

The Stutterer

by R.R. Merliss

A man can be killed by a toy gun--he can die of fright, for heart attacks can kill. What, then, is the deadly thing that must be sealed away, forever locked in buried concrete--a thing or an idea?

The Pygmy Planet

by Jack Williamson

Down into the infinitely small goes Larry on his mission to the Pygmy Planet.

My Exquisite Corpse

Goodbye, Dead Man!

by Tom W. Harris

Mattup had killed a man, so it was logical he should be punished. It was Danny who came up with the idea of leaving him with the prophecy—

Salvage in Space

by Jack Williamson

To Thad Allen, meteor miner, comes the dangerous bonanza of a derelict rocket-flier manned by death invisible.

Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

Here is a brace of vignettes by the Old Vignette Master ... short and sharp ... like a hypodermic!