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Lords of the Stratosphere

by Arthur J. Burks

High into air are the great New York buildings lifted by a ray whose source no telescope can find.

The Troubadour

by Robert Augustine Ward Lowndes

There was something odd about the guest attraction, Mr. Fayliss, and something odder still about his songs.

All That Goes Up

by Kirby Brooks

At fifty, a man should be too old to go around flying off the handle, or wandering around on the ceiling. But what could a man do when he had a son who insisted on being a genius?

Citadel

by Algis Budrys

He was looking for a privacy his strange personality needed. And never quite seemed to achieve it. All his efforts were, somehow great triumphs of the race, and great failures for him!

The Index of Refraction

The Brute

Dead Man's Planet

by Joseph Samachson

When a driven man arrives at a cemetery world, what else can it be but journey's end—and the start of a new one?

The Planter of Malata

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

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.''

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.

Valley of the Croen

by Lee Tarbell

There was a mysterious golden statue that always pointed one way—and it led to sudden death in the valley where flying disks landed.

Basilissa

Far from Home

by J.A. Taylor

"Far" is strictly a relative term. Half a world away from home is, sometimes, no distance at all!

Once a Greech

by Evelyn E. Smith

The mildest of men, Iversen was capable of murder ... to disprove Harkaway's hypothesis that in the midst of life, we are in life!

Weak on Square Roots

by Russell Burton

Does your wife call you Pumpkinhead? Well, maybe it's not an insult; it might be a pet name. Ah—but whose pet name?

Regeneration

by Charles Dye

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Not because man failed to understand his fellow man, but because he failed to understand himself. There wasn't much left afterwards--after the golden showers of deadly...

Rough Translation

by Jean M. Janis

Don't be ashamed if you can't blikkel any more. It's because you couldn't help framishing.

Show Business

by Lyle G. Boyd

Here's the behind-the-scenes lowdown on Luna City life and a promoter of Martian dancing girls, vaudeville, and—other things. But remember: stop us if you've heard this one!

The Whispering Spheres

by Russel R. Winterbotham

An alien life-form--metallic, sinister--threatening all mankind with annihilation.