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Mr. Menzies' Baby Elephant

by William Murray Graydon

A traveler who goes around the world necessarily sees a great deal. This ruby ring which I wear on my finger was purchased at Colombo, the capital of Ceylon, and it always reminds me of a very amusing thing...

The Burglar and the Blizzard

The Indulgence of Negu Mah

On Handling the Data

by M.I. Mayfield

Sometimes a story is best told by omission!

Instinct

by George Oliver Smith

You can keep a good man down, if you've got enough headstart, are alert and persistent... so long as he limits himself to acting like a good man....

Mercenary

by Mack Reynolds

Every status-quo-caste society in history has left open two roads to rise above your caste: The Priest and The Warrior. But in a society of TV and tranquilizers--the Warrior acquires a strange new meaning....

The Sojourner

The Gentleman from Indiana

Beasley's Christmas Party

His Family

Colonel Chabert

Against the Grain

by Joris-Karl Huysmans

Because of his extreme sensitivity to the absurd and grotesque in human affairs, the protagonist of this masterpiece of decadence has estranged himself from society and savors the most bizarre aspects of human...

Penrod

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."

The Great Gray Plague

by Raymond Fisher Jones

There is no enemy so hard to fight as a dull gray fog. It's not solid enough to beat, too indefinite to kill, and too omnipresent to escape.

The Rat Racket

by David Henry Keller

With Dr. Keller's genius for hitting at vital spots every time, he now gives us a brand new idea and an ingenious solution. We hope no racketeers read this story. They might, as a result, cause the police some...

Indirection

by Everett B. Cole

The best way to keep a secret is to publish it in a quite unbelievable form--and insist that it is the truth.

The Coffin Cure

by Alan Nourse

Dr. Coffin's cure for the common cold.

Calumet 'K'

by Samuel Merwin & Henry Kitchell Webster

This 1901 novel is the story of one man's ingenuity, perseverance and struggle in the construction of a grain elevator, and of his exhilarating triumph. Ayn Rand declared it her favorite novel, and it served...

The Aggravation of Elmer

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The world would beat a path to Elmer's door—but he had to go carry the door along with him!