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Yama: The Pit

by Aleksandr Kuprin

A novel about prostitution in Moscow. From the introduction: It must not be thought, despite its locale, that Kuprin’s “Yama” is a picture of Russian prostitution solely; it is intrinsically universal....

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!

The Last Place on Earth

by Jim Harmon

Naturally an undertaker will get the last word. But shouldn't he wait until his clients are dead?

The Carnivore

by G.A. Morris

Why were they apologetic? It wasn't their fault that they came to Earth much too late.

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.

Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot

by Dick Purcell

Being one of the richest men in the world, it was only natural that many people anticipated the day he would die. For someone should claim— Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot.

On Handling the Data

by M.I. Mayfield

Sometimes a story is best told by omission!

The Golden Judge

by Nathaniel Gordon

A suggestion and a highly intriguing one--on how to settle the problems that involve face-saving among nations!

Alarm Clock

by Everett B. Cole

Most useful high explosives, like ammonium nitrate, are enormously violent ... once they're triggered. But they will remain seemingly inert when beaten, burned, variously punished--until the particular shock...

His Family

They Also Serve

by Donald Edwin Westlake

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

The Far Islands

The Village Uncle

Sylph Etherege

Alexander's Bridge

Roderick Hudson

Hard Guy

by Howard Browne

There will be fine, glittering, streamlined automobiles in 2000 A.D. Possibly they will run themselves while the driver sits back with an old-fashioned in his hands. Perhaps they will carry folks down the highways...

The Two Christmas Celebrations, A.D. I. and MDCCCLV.

John Inglefield's Thanksgiving