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Opener of the Ways

Acid Bath

by Vaseleos Garson

The starways' Lone Watcher had expected some odd developments in his singular, nerve-fraught job on the asteroid. But nothing like the weird twenty-one-day liquid test devised by the invading Steel-Blues.

Herzog's Benediction

Hall of the Phoenix Machines

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...

Ring Once for Death

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The power of the old gods was certainly nothing for Mark and Edith—a modern, twentieth-century couple—to worry about. After all—everybody dies!

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 Devil in Manuscript

Stop, Look and Dig

by George Oliver Smith

The enlightened days of mental telepathy and ESP should have made the world a better place, but the minute the Rhine Institute opened up, all the crooks decided it was time to go collegiate!

The Diamond Lens

The Chamber of Life

Goodbye, Dead Man!

by Tom W. Harris

Mattup had killed a man, so it was logical he should be punished. It was Danny who came up with the idea of leaving him with the prophecy—

Competition

by James Causey

They would learn what caused the murderous disease—if it was the last thing they did!

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...

The Reluctant Weapon

by Howard L. Myers

A live weapon is a downright liability ... it's all too apt to get qualms of conscience!

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!

Faithfully Yours

by Lou Tabakow

If it's too impossibly difficult to track down and recapture an escaped criminal ... there's a worse thing one might do....

Nan Sherwood's Winter Holidays

by Annie Roe Carr

Excerpt: Ta-ra! ta-ra! ta-ra-ra-ra! ta-rat! Professor Krenner took the silver bugle from his lips while the strain echoed flatly from the opposite, wooded hill. That hill was the Isle of Hope, a small island...

Betty Gordon in Washington

by Alice B. Emerson

In this volume Betty goes to the National Capitol to find her uncle and has several unusual adventures.

The Spirit of Christmas

by Henry van Dyke

A short story, an essay, a sermon and two prayers for Christmas.