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The Mighty Dead

by William Campbell Gault

What would it be like to live in a world which has conquered the near planets but abolished all literature? Bill Gault gives us a look at a world like this—in a not too distant future which finds all our pressure...

The Coming of the Ice

by Green Peyton Wertenbaker

Strange men these creatures of the hundredth century...

Iron Wit

Disturbing Sun

by Richard Shirley Richardson

This, be it understood, is fiction--nothing but fiction--and not, under any circumstances, to be considered as having any truth whatever to it. It's obviously utterly impossible... isn't it?

Control Group

by Roger D. Aycock

"Any problem posed by one group of human beings can be resolved by any other group." That's what the Handbook said. But did that include primitive humans? Or the Bees? Or a "Control Group"

Heart

by Henry Slesar

Monk had three questions he lived by: Where can I find it? How much will it cost? When can you deliver? But now they said that what he needed wasn't for sale.

My Fair Planet

by Evelyn E. Smith

All the world's a stage, so there was room even for this bad actor ... only he intended to direct it!

The Case of Summerfield

Decision

by Frank M. Robinson

The captain had learned to hate. It was his profession—and his personal reason for going on. But even hatred has to be channeled for its maximum use, and no truths exist forever.

Tangle Hold

by Floyd L. Wallace

Jadiver objected to being the greatest influence for good on Venus ... because what was good for Venus was bad for Jadiver!

They Also Serve

by Donald Edwin Westlake

Why should people hate vultures? After all, a vulture never kills anyone…

The Procession of Life

The Bell Tone

by Edmund H. Leftwich

It is no use. It's too late. The earth--I must dig--alone.

The Big Bounce

by Walter Tevis

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

Dr Buillivant

Pembroke's Saga

Upstarts

by L.J. Stecher

Earth was being bet on to break her blockade... but what was the purse... and who was to collect?

Homesick

by Lyn Venable

What thrill is there in going out among the stars if coming back means bitter loneliness?

Junior Achievement

by William M. Lee

Fallout is, of course, always disastrous— one way or another.

Tulan

by Carroll M. Capps

To disobey the orders of the Council of Four was unthinkable to a Space Admiral of the old school. But the trouble was, the school system had changed. A man, a fighter, an Admiral had to think for himself now,...