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Direct Wire

by Clee Garson

Mort and Mike got strange calls on this phone; they didn't come through Central!

The Blue Germ

by Maurice Nicoll

The invention of a germ that can kill all other germs, eradicating death but also desire.

Adaptation

by Mack Reynolds

When a man has a great deal of knowledge, it becomes extremely easy for him to confuse "knowledge" with "wisdom" ... and forget that the antonym of "wisdom" is not "ignorance" but "folly."

Veritas Nos Liberabit

by Kristin Janz

“Veritas Nos Liberabit” is a story told in emails about how emails can tell stories.

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.

Arms Out of Hand

Tidal Moon

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...

Reluctant Genius

by Henry Slesar

It is said that Life crawled up from the slime of the sea-bottoms and became Man because of inherent greatness bred into him before the dawn of time. But perhaps this urge was not as formless as we think.

Summit

by Mack Reynolds

Almost anything, if it goes on long enough, can be reduced to, first a Routine, and then, to a Tradition. And at the point it is, obviously, Necessary.

The Circle of Zero

The Circuit Riders

by R.C. FitzPatrick

On the Board, they were just little lights that glowed. But out there in the night of the city-jungle, they represented human passions-- virulent emotions-- and deadly crimes-to-be ...

The Man of Adamant

My Exquisite Corpse

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.

Moment of Truth

by Basil Eugene Wells

Basil Wells, who lives in Pennsylvania, has been doing research concerning life in the area during the period prior to and following the War of 1812. Here he turns to a different problem—the adjustment demanded...

The Big Bounce

by Walter Tevis

Seeing it in action, anybody would quaver in alarm: What hath Farnsworth overwrought?

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...?

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!

Vital Ingredient

by Gerald Vance

Frankie was ready for the big test—Ten-Time Winner of the world title. He was young and fit and able; also, he had Milt's cunning brain to direct every feint and punch. This left only one thing in doubt, the...