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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....

For Every Man A Reason

by Patrick Wilkins

To love your wife is good; to love your State is good, too. But if it comes to a question of survival, you have to love one better than the other. Also, better than yourself. It was simple for the enemy; they...

Pastoral Affair

by Charles A. Stearns

No wonder Stefanik meant to fight to the last—he wasn't going to turn his kids over to an old goat like Glinka!

The Marooner

by Charles A. Stearns

Wordsley and Captain DeCastros crossed half a universe--suffered hardship--faced unknown dangers; and all this for what--a breath of rare perfume?

Know Thy Neighbor

by Elisabeth R. Lewis

It began with the dead cat on the fire escape and ended with the green monster in the incinerator chute, but still, it wouldn't be quite fair to blame it all on the neighborhood....

The Hitch Hikers

by Vernon L. McCain

The Rell, a great and ancient Martian race, faced extinction when all moisture was swept from their planet. Then, one day, a lone visitor--a strange, two-legged creature composed mostly of water--landed on Mars...

First Man

by Clyde Brown

He obstinately wanted no part in achieving the goal of generations—but the goal with equal obstinacy wanted all of him!

Insidekick

by Jesse Franklin Bone

Johnson had two secrets—one he knew and would die rather than reveal—and one he didn't know that meant to save him over his own dead body!

Sugar Plum

by Reginald Bretnor

If not for two items, this would be a funny story—the Atomic Age brought back the 1925 vogue, and inhibition is not shatter-proof.

A Thought For Tomorrow

by Robert E. Gilbert

Any intolerable problem has a way out—the more impossible, the likelier it is sometimes!

Confidence Game

by James McKimmey

Cutter demanded more and more and more efficiency—and got it! But, as in anything, enough is enough, and too much is …

Assassin

by Jesse Franklin Bone

The aliens wooed Earth with gifts, love, patience and peace. Who could resist them? After all, no one shoots Santa Claus!

The Star Lord

by William Clouser Boyd

To some passengers a maiden voyage was a pleasure cruise; to others it meant a hope for new life. Only the Captain knew of its danger!

Wainer

by Michael Shaara

Certainly, life has a meaning—though sometimes it takes a lifetime to learn what it is.

Conquest Over Time

by Michael Shaara

"Now this here planet," he said cautiously, "is whacky in a lot of ways. First of all they call it Mert. Just plain Mert. And they live in houses strictly from Dickens, all carriages, no sewers, narrow streets,...

A Mixture of Genius

by Adam Castle

Who, but the imaginative young, shall inherit the stars?

Assignment's End

by Roger D. Aycock

Alcorn's wild talent was miraculous ... he brought peace to everybody who came near him. Only one person was exempt—himself!

Clean Break

by Roger D. Aycock

A veteran veterinarian might have vamoosed—but Watts had to help any sick animal....

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....

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