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The Wall

The Hands

by Richard Sternbach

The story of the creation, in all its majesty, was written in six hundred words. Will the destruction be told as briefly?

A Fine Fix

by R.C. Noll

Generally speaking, human beings are fine buck-passers—but there's one circumstance under which they refuse to pass on responsibility. If the other fellow says "Your method won't solve the problem!"—then...

The Pygmy Planet

by Jack Williamson

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

The Coming of the Ice

by Green Peyton Wertenbaker

Strange men these creatures of the hundredth century...

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 . . .

Skin Game

by Charles E. Fritch

Working on the theory that you can skin a sucker in space as well as on Earth, the con team of Harding and Sheckly operated furtively but profitably among natives of the outer planets. That is—until there...

Death of a B.E.M.

by Livingston Berkeley

The writer hated to create bug-eyed monsters, but they hated him too!

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...

Salvage in Space

by Jack Williamson

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

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—

Mouse Lights

Pledged to the Dead

by Seabury Quinn

A tale of a lover who was pledged to a sweetheart who had been in her grave for more than a century, and of the striking death that menaced him—a story of Jules de Grandin.

Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

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

Crystallized Thought

Necahual

The Cavern of the Shining Ones

Disturbing Sun

by Richard Shirley Richardson

This, be it understood, is fiction--nothing but fiction--and not, under any circumstances, to be considered as having any truth whatever to it. It's obviously utterly impossible... isn't it?