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Nona Vincent

The Native Soil

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?

The Long Voyage

by Carl Richard Jacobi

The secret lay hidden at the end of nine landings, and Medusa-dark was one man's search for it--in the strangest journey ever made.

The Great Potlatch Riots

by Allen Kim Lang

Oh, leave it to the bureaucrats and they'll figure out new ways to make you buy more and more.... But there was only one way the poor consumer could rise up in his wrath.

The Beldonald Holbein

The Wall

Eugene Pickering

The Figure in the Carpet

A Matter of Interest

The Enormous Room

by Horace Leonard Gold

One big name per story is usually considered to be sufficient. So when two of them appear in one by-line, it can certainly be called a scoop; so that's what we'll call it. H. L. Gold and science-fiction go together...

One Man's Poison

by Robert Sheckley

They could eat a horse, only luckily there was none ... it might have eaten them first!

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...

Blind Man's Lantern

by Allen Kim Lang

Successful colonies among the stars require interstellar ships—but they require, also, a very special kind of man. A kind you might not think to look for "Blind Man's Lantern".

Assignment's End

by Roger D. Aycock

Alcorn's wild talent was miraculous ... he brought peace to everybody who came near him. Only one person was exempt—himself!

Harlequin and Columbine

Faithfully Yours

by Lou Tabakow

If it's too impossibly difficult to track down and recapture an escaped criminal ... there's a worse thing one might do....

Breakaway

by Stanley Gimble

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

Star Performer

by Robert Joseph Shea

Blue Boy's rating was high and his fans were loyal to the death—anyone's death!

Disqualified

by Charles Louis Fontenay

If Saranta wished to qualify as one who loved his fellow man, he should have known that often the most secretive things are the most obvious.