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Prelude to Space

by Robert W. Haseltine

You're certain to be included in a survey at one time or another. However, there's one you may not recognize as such. Chances are it will be more important than you imagine. It could be man's— Prelude To Space

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?

Alarm Clock

by Everett B. Cole

Most useful high explosives, like ammonium nitrate, are enormously violent ... once they're triggered. But they will remain seemingly inert when beaten, burned, variously punished--until the particular shock...

Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas

Indirection

by Everett B. Cole

The best way to keep a secret is to publish it in a quite unbelievable form--and insist that it is the truth.

The Talkative Tree

by Horace Brown Fyfe

Dang vines! Beats all how some plants have no manners--but what do you expect, when they used to be men!

A Choice of Miracles

by James A. Cox

You're down in the jungle with death staring you in the face. There is nothing left but prayer. So you ask for your life. But wait! Are you sure that's really what you want above all else?

Dead Giveaway

by Randall Garrett

Logic's a wonderful thing; by logical analysis, one can determine the necessary reason for the existence of a dead city of a very high order on an utterly useless planet. Obviously a shipping transfer point!...

Portrait of Ari

Blessed Are the Meek

by G.C. Edmondson

Every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is a strength. And when the Strong start smashing each other's strength ... the Weak may turn out to be, instead, the Wise.

The Diamond Lens

Maquech

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A haunting and darkly beautiful tale of dreams and desperation set in a scarcity-riddled near-future Mexico City.

Sorry: Wrong Dimension

by Ross Rocklynne

So the baby had a pet monster. And so nobody but baby could see it. And so a couple of men dropped out of thin air to check and see if the monster was licensed or not. So what's strange about that?

Monkey On His Back

by Charles V. de Vet

Under the cloud of cast-off identities lay the shape of another man-- was it himself?

The Yillian Way

by John Keith Laumer

The ceremonious protocol of the Yills was impressive, colorful--and, in the long run, deadly!

Circus

Attrition

by Jim Wannamaker

Of course if Man is to survive, he must be adaptable, as any life form must. But that's not enough; he must adapt faster than the competing forms. And on new planets, that can be tricky....

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?

The Beast of Space

by F.E. Hardart

A tale of the prospectors of the starways-of dangers.

Minor Detail

by John Michael Sharkey

General Webb had a simply magnificent idea for getting ground forces into the enemy's territory despite rockets and missiles and things like that. It was a grand scheme, except for one minor detail.