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The Dope on Mars

by John Michael Sharkey

Somebody had to get the human angle on this trip ... but what was humane about sending me?

The Big Bounce

by Walter Tevis

Seeing it in action, anybody would quaver in alarm: What hath Farnsworth overwrought?

The Ultroom Error

by Gerald Allan Sohl

Smith admitted he had made an error involving a few murders—and a few thousand years. He was entitled to a sense of humor, though, even in the Ultroom!

Little Daffydowndilly

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?

Direct Wire

by Clee Garson

Mort and Mike got strange calls on this phone; they didn't come through Central!

Feline Red

by Robert Sampson

It was up to Jerill to think fast ... to do something ... before those strange beasts sucked away the last purified ore on the freighter Bertha.

Dry Frugal With Death Rays

by Alex Wilson

Dry Frugal With Death Rays is a dark satire of office politics, corporate bureaucracy, thwarted ambition and revenge gone awry - enjoy!

The May-Pole of Merry Mount

Cully

by Jack Egan

By all the laws of nature, he should have been dead. But if he were alive ... then there was something he had to find.

The Risk Profession

by Donald Edwin Westlake

The men who did dangerous work had a special kind of insurance policy. But when somebody wanted to collect on that policy, the claims investigator suddenly became a member of ... THE RISK PROFESSION

Off Course

by Mack Reynolds

Shure and begorra, it was a great day for the Earth! The first envoy from another world was about to speak--that is, if he could forget that horse for a minute....

The Ancestral Footstep

Revenge

by Arthur Porges

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but the fury of a biochemist scorned is just as great —and much more fiendish.

The Man of Adamant

The Eternal Wall

by Raymond Z. Gallun

A scream of brakes, the splash into icy waters, a long descent into alkaline depths ... it was death. But Ned Vince lived again--a million years later!

The Figure in the Carpet

Shepherd of the Planets

by Alan Mattox

Renner had a purpose in life. And the Purpose in Life had Renner.

The Beast of Space

by F.E. Hardart

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

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