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The Towers Of St. Michael’s

by David Walton

A pensive piece about the sensory world and the barriers between two people separated by sight.

Reluctant Genius

by Henry Slesar

It is said that Life crawled up from the slime of the sea-bottoms and became Man because of inherent greatness bred into him before the dawn of time. But perhaps this urge was not as formless as we think.

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...

Pygmalion's Spectacles

Ring Once for Death

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The power of the old gods was certainly nothing for Mark and Edith—a modern, twentieth-century couple—to worry about. After all—everybody dies!

Solar Stiff

by Chas. A. Stopher

Totem poles are a dime a dozen north of 63° ... but only Ketch, the lying Eskimo, vowed they dropped out of frigid northern skies.

The Two Christmas Celebrations, A.D. I. and MDCCCLV.

The Coming of the Ice

by Green Peyton Wertenbaker

Strange men these creatures of the hundredth century...

One Purple Hope!

by Henry Hasse

Once he had been a tall, straight spaceman, free as the galaxies. Now Joel Latham was a tsith-addict, a beach-comber at Venusport. Maybe he'd get one last chance....

The Cavern of the Shining Ones

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.

Inside John Barth

by William W. Stuart

Every man wants to see a Garden of Eden. John Barth agreed with his whole heart—he knew that he'd rather see than be one!

Jack of No Trades

by Charles Cottrell

First we discovered the Willy Maloon category. Then we discovered Willy himself. Then we data-researched, and postulated a theory. Everything was easy, until it came to the question of proof.

Walls of Acid

by Henry Hasse

Five millenniums have passed since the loathsome Termans were eliminated from the world of Diskra.... But what of the other planets?

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....

The Brink of Infinity

Giants on the Earth

by Sterner St. Paul Meek

The yoke of Jovian oppression rests heavily on the dwellers of Earth--until Damis, the Nepthalim, comes forward to lead them in spirited revolt.

Sonny

by Raphael Rick

Of course, no one actually knows the power of a thought. That is, the milli—or megawatts type of power ...

Breakaway

by Stanley Gimble

She surely got her wish ... but there was some question about getting what she wanted.

Texas Week

by Albert Hernhuter

One of the chief purposes of psychiatry is to separate fantasy from reality. It is reasonable to expect that future psychiatrists will know more about this borderline than the most learned doctors of today....