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Mutineer

by Robert Joseph Shea

For every weapon there was a defense, but not against the deadliest weapon—man himself!

Stopover Planet

by Robert E. Gilbert

Early morning deliveries were part of the Honeychile Bakery Service. But on this particular morning the service was reversed!

Sonny

by Raphael Rick

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

The Hoofer

by Walter M. Miller

A space rover has no business with a family. But what can a man in the full vigor of youth do--if his heart cries out for a home?

Generals Help Themselves

by M.C. Pease

With no one to help him, it seemed the General was lost. But the enemy was soon to discover that— Generals Help Themselves.

The Outbreak of Peace

by Horace Brown Fyfe

When properly conducted, a diplomatic mission can turn the most smashing of battle-successes into a fabulous Pyrrhic victory.

Shepherd of the Planets

by Alan Mattox

Renner had a purpose in life. And the Purpose in Life had Renner.

Skin Game

by Charles E. Fritch

Working on the theory that you can skin a sucker in space as well as on Earth, the con team of Harding and Sheckly operated furtively but profitably among natives of the outer planets. That is—until there...

Homesick

by Lyn Venable

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

Garth and the Visitor

by L.J. Stecher

If you could ask them, you might be greatly surprised—some tabus very urgently want to be broken!

The Putnam Tradition

by Sonya Dorman

Through generations the power has descended, now weaker, now stronger. And which way did the power run in the four-year-old in the garden, playing with a pie plate?

The Planet with No Nightmare

by Jim Harmon

The creatures on the little planet were real bafflers. The first puzzler about them was that they died so easily. The second was that they didn't die at all.

Acid Bath

by Vaseleos Garson

The starways' Lone Watcher had expected some odd developments in his singular, nerve-fraught job on the asteroid. But nothing like the weird twenty-one-day liquid test devised by the invading Steel-Blues.

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?

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.

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.

Poisoned Air

by Sterner St. Paul Meek

Again Dr. Bird closes with the evil Saranoff—this time near the Aberdeen Proving Ground, in a deadly, mysterious blanket of fog.

Field Trip

Join Our Gang?

by Sterling E. Lanier

They didn't exactly hold a gun at anybody's head; all they offered was help. Of course, they did sort of encourage people to ask for help....