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Sylph Etherege

The Players

by Everett B. Cole

A Playboy is someone with power, too much time on his hands, and too little sense of a goal worth achieving. And if the Playboy happens to belong to a highly advanced culture....

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....

They Also Serve

by Donald Edwin Westlake

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

The Plague

by Teddy Keller

Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague showed up.... One that attacked only people within the political borders of the United States!

The Sword and the Atopen

by Taylor H. Greenfield

The conversion of light into electricity by spectrum is an interesting possibility. The idea of using foreign proteins on the human system to repel enemies, is also interesting. Do you get it? We didn't either...

Hawk of the Hills

Breaking Point

by James Edwin Gunn

The ship was proof against any test, but the men inside her could be strained and warped, individually and horribly. Unfortunately, while the men knew that, they couldn't really believe it. The Aliens could--and...

The Partner

John Inglefield's Thanksgiving

Make Mine Homogenized

by Raphael Rick

Anyone looking for guaranteed sound science will have to look elsewhere. But if it's fun you want... try the world's most potent eggnogg!

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....

Jubilation, U.S.A.

by G.L. Vandenburg

You've heard, I'm sure, about the two Martians who went into a bar, saw a jukebox flashing and glittering, and said to it, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a joint like this?" Well, here's one about two...

What Need of Man?

by Harold Calin

Bannister was a rocket scientist. He started with the premise of testing man's reaction to space probes under actual conditions; but now he was just testing space probes—and man was a necessary evil to contend...

Old Ticonderoga

John Jones's Dollar

by Harry Stephen Keeler

Take a board with 64 squares on it. Put a grain of wheat on the first square--two on the second--four on the third. Keep doubling in this manner and you will find there isn't enough wheat in the world to fill...

The First One

by Herbert D. Kastle

The first man to return from beyond the Great Frontier may be welcomed ... but will it be as a curiosity, rather than as a hero...?

The Talkative Tree

by Horace Brown Fyfe

Dang vines! Beats all how some plants have no manners--but what do you expect, when they used to be men!

Aaron Trow

The Terrible Answer

by Arthur G. Hill

They came to Mars inquiring after the stuff of Empire. They got— The Terrible Answer.