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The Premiere

by Richard Sabia

The young actor was great.... They didn't realize just how great until the night of THE PREMIERE.

Shifting Seas

In the Orbit of Saturn

by Roman Frederick Starzl

Disguised as a voluntary prisoner on a pirate space ship, an I. F. P. man penetrates the mystery of the dreaded "Solar Scourge."

Far from Home

by J.A. Taylor

"Far" is strictly a relative term. Half a world away from home is, sometimes, no distance at all!

Mouse Lights

The Two Christmas Celebrations, A.D. I. and MDCCCLV.

Spacemen Never Die!

by Morris Hershman

Henry knew his wife had been married once before; now he expected her to start a new life with him—but to her the past was alive, and— Spacemen Never Die!

Pembroke's Saga

The First One

by Herbert D. Kastle

The first man to return from beyond the Great Frontier may be welcomed ... but will it be as a curiosity, rather than as a hero...?

The Seed and the Flower

The Index of Refraction

A Prize for Edie

by Jesse Franklin Bone

The Committee had, unquestionably, made a mistake. There was no doubt that Edie had achieved the long-sought cancer cure ... but awarding the Nobel Prize was, nonetheless, a mistake ...

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...

Dark Jubilee

Solar Stiff

by Chas. A. Stopher

Totem poles are a dime a dozen north of 63° ... but only Ketch, the lying Eskimo, vowed they dropped out of frigid northern skies.

Indirection

by Everett B. Cole

The best way to keep a secret is to publish it in a quite unbelievable form--and insist that it is the truth.

Amnesia: Mist Memoir

Texas Week

by Albert Hernhuter

One of the chief purposes of psychiatry is to separate fantasy from reality. It is reasonable to expect that future psychiatrists will know more about this borderline than the most learned doctors of today....

Droozle

by Frank Banta

Droozle was probably the greatest writer in the world--any world!

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—