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Pipe of Peace

by James McKimmey

There's a song that says "it's later than you think" and it is perhaps lamentable that someone didn't sing it for Henry that beautiful morning....

Hall of Mirrors

by Frederic Brown

It is a tough decision to make--whether to give up your life so you can live it over again!

At the Post

by Horace Leonard Gold

How does a person come to be scratched from the human race? Psychiatry did not have the answer—perhaps Clocker's turf science did!

An Empty Bottle

by Mari Wolf

They wanted to go home—back to the planet they'd known. But even the stars had changed. Did the fate of all creation hinge upon an— AN EMPTY BOTTLE

Flamedown

by Horace Brown Fyfe

It was, of course, one Hell of an ending for a trip to Mars—

The Good Neighbors

by Edgar Pangborn

You can’t blame an alien for a little inconvenience--as long as he makes up for it!

The Aggravation of Elmer

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The world would beat a path to Elmer's door—but he had to go carry the door along with him!

The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds

by Francis Flagg

Little did Prof. Reubens suspect what his atom-tampering would set loose upon the world.

The Blue Germ

by Maurice Nicoll

The invention of a germ that can kill all other germs, eradicating death but also desire.

Native Son

by T.D. Hamm

Tommy hated Earth, knowing his mother might go home to Mars without him. Worse, would a robot secretly take her place?...

Turnover Point

by Alfred Coppel

Every era in history has had its Pop Ganlon's. Along in years and not successful and not caring much anyway. A matter of living out their years, following an obscure path to oblivion. It was that way in ancient...

B-12's Moon Glow

by Charles A. Stearns

Among the metal-persons of Phobos, robot B-12 held a special niche. He might not have been stronger, larger, faster than some … but he could be devious … and more important, he was that junkyard planetoid’s...

Raiders Invisible

by Desmond Winter Hall

Alone and unaided, Pilot Travers copes with the invisible foes who have struck down America's great engine of war.

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....

Jubilation, U.S.A.

by G.L. Vandenburg

You've heard, I'm sure, about the two Martians who went into a bar, saw a jukebox flashing and glittering, and said to it, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a joint like this?" Well, here's one about two...

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...

The Terrible Answer

by Arthur G. Hill

They came to Mars inquiring after the stuff of Empire. They got— The Terrible Answer.

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?

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.

John Jones's Dollar

by Harry Stephen Keeler

Take a board with 64 squares on it. Put a grain of wheat on the first square--two on the second--four on the third. Keep doubling in this manner and you will find there isn't enough wheat in the world to fill...