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The Case of Summerfield

The Plague

by Teddy Keller

Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague showed up.... One that attacked only people within the political borders of the United States!

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...

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?

Sjambak

by Jack Vance

Wilbur Murphy sought romance, excitement, and an impossible Horseman of Space. With polite smiles, the planet frustrated him at every turn—until he found them all the hard way!

Confessions of a Mnemonist

Operation Lorelie

by William P. Salton

It was a new time and a vast new war of complete and awful annihilation. Yet, some things never change, and, as in ancient times, Ulysses walked again—brave and unconquerable--and again, the sirens wove their...

The Eternal Wall

by Raymond Z. Gallun

A scream of brakes, the splash into icy waters, a long descent into alkaline depths ... it was death. But Ned Vince lived again--a million years later!

Stopover Planet

by Robert E. Gilbert

Early morning deliveries were part of the Honeychile Bakery Service. But on this particular morning the service was reversed!

Spawn of the Comet

by H. Thompson Rich

A swarm of huge, fiery ants, brood of a mystery comet, burst from their shells to threaten the unsuspecting world.

Crystallized Thought

The Wealth of Echindul

by Noel Miller Loomis

Though he carried with him the loot of the ages, who in The Pass—that legalized city of vice and corruption—would dare risk his neck to help Russell, the Hard Luck Man of the Swamps?

For Solo Cello, op. 12

Telempathy

by Vance Simonds

Suppose you really knew what everyone was feeling... suppose you had a surefire way of predicting public reaction. Wouldn't you wonder, sometimes, if it could backfire?

Waste Not, Want

by Dave Dryfoos

Eat your spinach, little man! It's good for you. Stuff yourself with it. Be a good little consumer, or the cops will get you.... For such is the law of supply and demand!

Celebrity

by James McKimmey

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

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!

Pipe of Peace

by James McKimmey

There's a song that says "it's later than you think" and it is perhaps lamentable that someone didn't sing it for Henry that beautiful morning....

R.U.R.

by Karel Čapek

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) is a science fiction play in the Czech language by Karel Čapek. It premiered in 1921 and is famous for having introduced and popularized the term robot.