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The Planet Mars & Its Inhabitants

Hall of Mirrors

by Frederic Brown

It is a tough decision to make--whether to give up your life so you can live it over again!

Alexander's Bridge

Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

Here is a brace of vignettes by the Old Vignette Master ... short and sharp ... like a hypodermic!

Thompson's Cat

by Robert Moore Williams

The weird, invisible insect depopulated an entire planet. Now it was felling Thompson's crew as his ship hurtled toward the sun ... certain death for all, including the disease carrier. Forgotten in the panic...

Mothers and Other Monsters

by Maureen F. McHugh

A debut collection and finalist for the Story Prize. Maureen F. McHugh is an expert craftswoman who brings her clear-eyed vision (and empathy) to the relationships at the heart of our lives. Her stories are...

Nan Sherwood's Winter Holidays

by Annie Roe Carr

Excerpt: Ta-ra! ta-ra! ta-ra-ra-ra! ta-rat! Professor Krenner took the silver bugle from his lips while the strain echoed flatly from the opposite, wooded hill. That hill was the Isle of Hope, a small island...

The Best Made Plans

by Everett B. Cole

There are some people that it is extremely unwise to cross... and the fireworks start when two such people cross each other!

The Man Who Found Out

The Thirst Quenchers

by Raphael Rick

Earth has more water surface than land surface—but that does not mean we have all the water we want to drink. And right now, America is already pressing the limits of fresh water supply....

The Man of Adamant

Traders Risk

by Roger D. Aycock

Keeping this cargo meant death--to jettison it meant to make flotsam and jetsam of a world!

A Rill from the Town Pump

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.

The Crack of Doom

by Robert Cromie

The rough notes from which this narrative has been constructed were given to me by the man who tells the story. For obvious reasons I have altered the names of the principals, and I hereby pass on the assurance...

The Christmas Porringer

by Evaleen Stein

An earthenware porringer, bought by a little Flemish girl of Bruges as a gift for the Christ child and stolen by Robber Hans, finally brings much happiness to her and her grandmother, the lace maker.

Moon Glow

by G.L. Vandenburg

That first trip to the moon has been the subject of many stories. Mr. Vandenburg has come up with as novel a twist as we've ever read. And it could happen.

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!

The Lady of Blossholme

The Gift Bearer

by Charles Louis Fontenay

This could well have been Montcalm's greatest opportunity; a chance to bring mankind priceless gifts from worlds beyond. But Montcalm was a solid family man--and what about that nude statue in the park?