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Vital Ingredient

by Gerald Vance

Frankie was ready for the big test—Ten-Time Winner of the world title. He was young and fit and able; also, he had Milt's cunning brain to direct every feint and punch. This left only one thing in doubt, the...

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?

A Bottle of Old Wine

by Richard O. Lewis

A grim tale of a future in which everyone is desperate to escape reality, and a hero who wants to have his wine and drink it, too.

Maquech

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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

Barry Westphall Crashes The Singularity

The Plastic Elf of Extrusion Valley

by David McGillveray

Strange things are afoot in the computer-controlled fabrication farms of Germany’s Altes Land…

Millennium

by Everett B. Cole

There are devices a high-level culture could produce that simply don't belong in the hands of incompetents of lower cultural evolution. The finest, and most civilized of tools can be made a menace ...

Disqualified

by Charles Louis Fontenay

If Saranta wished to qualify as one who loved his fellow man, he should have known that often the most secretive things are the most obvious.

Measure for a Loner

by Jim Harmon

You can measure everything these days--heat, light, gravity, reflexes, force-fields, star-drives. And now I know there even is a... Measure for a Loner.

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 Indulgence of Negu Mah

Lonesome Hearts

by Russel R. Winterbotham

Mjly is Yljm's love life. She is her sisters, her mothers, herselves and her ancestors. But poor old Yljm can never be a mother or a sister—just himself!

Henry Horn's X-Ray Eye Glasses

by Dwight Vreeland Swain

Henry Horn had a new invention; a pair of glasses that worked on the x-ray principle. But he didn't expect them to reveal Nazi secret agents and their works of sabotage!

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 Far Islands

Lease to Doomsday

by Lee Archer

The twins were a rare team indeed. They wanted to build a printing plant on a garbage dump. When Muldoon asked them why, their answer was entirely logical: ''Because we live here.''

Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas

Meeting of the Board

Unspecialist

by Murray F. Yaco

A machine can be built to do any accurately described job better than any man. The superiority of a man is that he can do an unexpected, undescribed, and emergency job... provided he hasn't been especially trained...

The Case of Summerfield