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Beyond Pandora

by Robert J. Martin

The ideal way to deal with a pest--any menace--is, of course, to make it useful to you....

Blessed Are the Meek

by G.C. Edmondson

Every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is a strength. And when the Strong start smashing each other's strength ... the Weak may turn out to be, instead, the Wise.

The Blue Tower

by Evelyn E. Smith

As the vastly advanced guardians of mankind, the Belphins knew how to make a lesson stick--but whom?

Breakaway

by Stanley Gimble

She surely got her wish ... but there was some question about getting what she wanted.

The Case of Summerfield

Cubs of the Wolf

by Raymond Fisher Jones

It may be that there is a weapon that, from the viewpoint of the one it's used on, is worse than lethal. You might say that death multiplies you by zero; what would multiplication by minus one do?

Criminal Negligence

by Jesse Francis McComas

Somebody was going to have to be left behind ... and who it would be was perfectly obvious....

Traders Risk

by Roger D. Aycock

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

Control Group

by Roger D. Aycock

"Any problem posed by one group of human beings can be resolved by any other group." That's what the Handbook said. But did that include primitive humans? Or the Bees? Or a "Control Group"

The Devil's Asteroid

by Manly Wade Wellman

The Rock Bred Evolution in Reverse!

The Delegate from Venus

by Henry Slesar

Everybody was waiting to see what the delegate from Venus looked like. And all they got for their patience was the biggest surprise since David clobbered Goliath.

Egocentric Orbit

by John Cory

It took a long time for human beings to accept that our little piece of meteoric rubble wasn't the exact and absolute center of the Universe. It does appear that way, doesn't it? It may not take so long for...

Kabbalah Cowboys

Jump Start

Second-Floor Girls

Dark Jubilee

Speaking Up

The Hunted Heroes

by Robert Silverberg

The planet itself was tough enough--barren, desolate, forbidding; enough to stop the most adventurous and dedicated. But they had to run head-on against a mad genius who had a motto: Death to all Terrans!

Postmark Ganymede

by Robert Silverberg

Consider the poor mailman of the future. To "sleet and snow and dead of night"--things that must not keep him from his appointed rounds--will be added, sub-zero void, meteors, and planets that won't stay put....

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