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A Transmutation of Muddles

by Horace Brown Fyfe

An experienced horse-trader, bargain-haggler, and general swapper has a very special talent for turning two headaches into one aspirin pill....

Harlequin and Columbine

The Big Bounce

by Walter Tevis

Seeing it in action, anybody would quaver in alarm: What hath Farnsworth overwrought?

Conquest Over Time

by Michael Shaara

"Now this here planet," he said cautiously, "is whacky in a lot of ways. First of all they call it Mert. Just plain Mert. And they live in houses strictly from Dickens, all carriages, no sewers, narrow streets,...

Big Pill

by Raymond Z. Gallun

Child, it was, of the now ancient H-bomb. New. Untested. Would its terrible power sweep the stark Saturnian moon of Titan from space ... or miraculously create a flourishing paradise-colony?

Garth and the Visitor

by L.J. Stecher

If you could ask them, you might be greatly surprised—some tabus very urgently want to be broken!

Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot

by Dick Purcell

Being one of the richest men in the world, it was only natural that many people anticipated the day he would die. For someone should claim— Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot.

The Clean and Wholesome Land

by Ralph Sholto

Utopia had been reached. All the problems of mankind had been solved. It was the perfect State. If you doubted it, you died.

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!

Made in Tanganyika

by Carl Richard Jacobi

See what happens when two conchologists get caught in a necromantic nightmare of their own.

The Pygmy Planet

by Jack Williamson

Down into the infinitely small goes Larry on his mission to the Pygmy Planet.

Zehru of Xollar

by Hal K. Wells

Three Earthlings are whisked on an inter-dimensional journey to the den of the Scientist Zehru.

John Jones's Dollar

by Harry Stephen Keeler

Take a board with 64 squares on it. Put a grain of wheat on the first square--two on the second--four on the third. Keep doubling in this manner and you will find there isn't enough wheat in the world to fill...

For Solo Cello, op. 12

Traders Risk

by Roger D. Aycock

Keeping this cargo meant death--to jettison it meant to make flotsam and jetsam of a world!

In the Control Tower

by Will Mohler

Shadows haunted the dying alleys. Madness stalked the wide streets. And what lay at the city's heart?

The Creature from Cleveland Depths

by Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr.

Here is a modern tale of an inner-directed sorcerer and an outer-directed sorcerer's apprentice.

The Spirit of Christmas

by Henry van Dyke

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

Tomorrow

The Water Eater

by Winston K. Marks

Most experiments were dropped because they failed—and some because they worked too well!