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The Devolutionist

by Homer Eon Flint

All told, this particular session covered a good many hours. The four kept up a more or less connected mental conversation with each other as they went along, except, of course, when the events became too exciting....

The Chameleon Man

by William P. McGivern

Perfect adaptation, that's what it was. When a human being can blend with his surroundings, funny things can happen!

Pledged to the Dead

by Seabury Quinn

A tale of a lover who was pledged to a sweetheart who had been in her grave for more than a century, and of the striking death that menaced him—a story of Jules de Grandin.

The Beasts in the Void

by Paul W. Fairman

Holloway was used to big game hunters and their expeditions to other worlds. But this trip was sheer madness—a space ship stalking among—The Beasts in the Void

The Cuckoo Clock

by Wesley Barefoot

You know a murderer preys on your household—lives with you—depends on you—and you have no defence!

The Weakling

by Everett B. Cole

A strong man can, of course, be dangerous, but he doesn’t approach the vicious deadliness of a weakling--with a weapon!

Eight Keys to Eden

by Mark Irvin Clifton

The piercing wonder of man's climb to higher intelligence.

Little Maid Marian

by Amy Ella Blanchard

The cat and kitten were both eating supper and Marian was watching them. Her own supper of bread and milk she had finished, and had taken the remains of it to Tippy and Dippy. Marian did not care very much for...

The Risk Profession

by Donald Edwin Westlake

The men who did dangerous work had a special kind of insurance policy. But when somebody wanted to collect on that policy, the claims investigator suddenly became a member of ... THE RISK PROFESSION

Summer Snow Storm

by Stephen Marlowe

Snow in summer is of course impossible. Any weather expert will tell you so. Weather Bureau Chief Botts was certain no such absurdity could occur. And he would have been right except for one thing. It snowed...

The People of the Ruins

Born Again

by Alfred William Lawson

A strangely bad Utopian fantasy written while Lawson was a professional baseball player.

My Own Kind Of Freedom

by Steven Brust

Set in the universe of Firefly.

Meeting of the Board

The White Invaders

by Raymond King Cummings

Out of their unknown fourth dimensional realm materializes a horde of White Invaders with power invincible.

The Colonists

by Raymond Fisher Jones

If historical precedent be wrong—what qualities, then, must man possess to successfully colonize new worlds? Doctor Ashby said: "There is no piece of data you cannot find, provided you can devise the proper...

Brood of the Dark Moon

by Charles Willard Diffin

Once more Chet, Walt and Diane are united in a wild ride to the Dark Moon—but this time they go as prisoners of their deadly enemy Schwartzmann.

Sugar Plum

by Reginald Bretnor

If not for two items, this would be a funny story—the Atomic Age brought back the 1925 vogue, and inhibition is not shatter-proof.

The Junkmakers

by Albert Teichner

Eric was the best robot they'd ever had--perfectly trained, ever thoughtful, a joy to own. Naturally they had to destroy him!