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Last Resort

by Stephen Bartholomew

The phenomenon of ''hysterical strength'' at the physical level is well known. Wonder what the equivalent phenomenon at the psychological level might do....

The Partner

No Moving Parts

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 Drone

Shock Absorber

by E. G. von Wald

A man acts on what he believes the facts are, not on the facts. He lives or dies by what the facts are. Now sometimes you don't have time to correct a man's beliefs, yet he must act correctly....

To Whom This May Come

With the Eyes Shut

Sir Dominick Ferrand

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...

Beyond Pandora

by Robert J. Martin

The ideal way to deal with a pest--any menace--is, of course, to make it useful to you....

Sound of Terror

by Don Berry

What is more frightening than the fear of the unknown? Johnny found out!

The Circle of Zero

The Beasts in the Void

by Paul W. Fairman

Holloway was used to big game hunters and their expeditions to other worlds. But this trip was sheer madness—a space ship stalking among—The Beasts in the Void

In the Control Tower

by Will Mohler

Shadows haunted the dying alleys. Madness stalked the wide streets. And what lay at the city's heart?

What Need of Man?

by Harold Calin

Bannister was a rocket scientist. He started with the premise of testing man's reaction to space probes under actual conditions; but now he was just testing space probes—and man was a necessary evil to contend...

Direct Wire

by Clee Garson

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

The Country of The Knife

In the Arena

Exile from Space

by Judith Merril

Who was this strange girl who had been born in this place—and still it wasn't her home?... "They" worried about the impression she'd make. Who could imagine that she'd fall in love, passionately, the way others...