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Christian Gellert's Last Christmas

by Berthold Auerbach

A Christmas short-story extracted from "German Tales".

Attrition

by Jim Wannamaker

Of course if Man is to survive, he must be adaptable, as any life form must. But that's not enough; he must adapt faster than the competing forms. And on new planets, that can be tricky....

The Glory of Ippling

by Helen M. Urban

He brought them life and hope. Why wouldn't the fools take it from him?

The Strolling Saint

South Moon Under

The Last New Yorkers

by George Allan England

In the decade following its completion in 1909, New York's once-tallest building, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower, suffered a series of unfortunate mishaps. In rapid succession it was exposed to poisonous...

All That Goes Up

by Kirby Brooks

At fifty, a man should be too old to go around flying off the handle, or wandering around on the ceiling. But what could a man do when he had a son who insisted on being a genius?

Insidekick

by Jesse Franklin Bone

Johnson had two secrets—one he knew and would die rather than reveal—and one he didn't know that meant to save him over his own dead body!

'Mid Pleasures and Palaces

by James McKimmey

It was, Kirk thought, like standing in a gully, watching a boulder teeter precariously above you. It might fall at any minute, crushing your life out instantly beneath its weight. Your only possible defenses...

The Inhabited

by Richard Wilson

Containing a foe is sound military thinking—unless it's carried out so literally that everybody becomes an innocent Trojan Horse!

Collectivum

by Mike Lewis

The Oren were one and their strength was legion. They had it all figured out, in their own parasitical, cold-blooded way. But they'd neglected one she-cat of a girl....

If at First You Don't...

by John Brudy

To Amos Jordan, Secretary for Cislunar Navigation, no situation was unsolvable. There were rules for everything, weren't there.... Except maybe this thing ...

What Need of Man?

by Harold Calin

Bannister was a rocket scientist. He started with the premise of testing man's reaction to space probes under actual conditions; but now he was just testing space probes—and man was a necessary evil to contend...

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...

Double Take

by Richard Wilson

The barn turned out to be a spaceship in disguise, and that was only the beginning. Before his strange adventure ended, young Paul Asher found himself going around in circles—very peculiar circles indeed!

Celebrity

by James McKimmey

Sound the fanfare! Beat the drums! Shout hosannas! Here he comes.... CELEBRITY

Weak on Square Roots

by Russell Burton

Does your wife call you Pumpkinhead? Well, maybe it's not an insult; it might be a pet name. Ah—but whose pet name?

A Fine Fix

by R.C. Noll

Generally speaking, human beings are fine buck-passers—but there's one circumstance under which they refuse to pass on responsibility. If the other fellow says "Your method won't solve the problem!"—then...

The Upas Tree

by Florence L. Barclay

A Christmas Story for all the Year.

Master of None

by Lloyd Neil Goble

The advantages of specialization are so obvious that, today, we don't even know how to recognize a competent syncretist!