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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....

The Spirit of Christmas

by Henry van Dyke

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

Fifty Per Cent Prophet

by Randall Garrett

That he was a phony Swami was beyond doubt. That he was a genuine prophet, though, seemed ... but then, what's the difference between a dictator and a true prophet? So was he....

Freudian Slip

by Franklin Abel

Things are exactly what they seem? Life is real? Life is earnest? Well, that depends.

Wanted - 7 Fearless Engineers!

by F. Orlin Tremaine

A great civilization's fate lay in Dick Barrow's hands as he led his courageous fellow engineers into a strange and unknown land. None of them knew what lay ahead--what dangers awaited them--or what rewards....

The Stoker and the Stars

by Algis Budrys

When you've had your ears pinned back in a bowknot, it's sometimes hard to remember that an intelligent people has no respect for a whipped enemy... but does for a fairly beaten enemy.

The Mad Hatter

Nibsy's Christmas

by Jacob August Riis

A collection of 3 short stories about Christmas.

Next Door, Next World

by Robert Donald Locke

Almost any phenomenon can be used--or act--for good or ill. Mutation usually brings ill--but it also brings greatness. Change can go any direction.

A Rill from the Town Pump

We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly

by Roger Kuykendall

After all--they only borrowed it a little while, just to fix it--

Feet Of Clay

by Phillip Hoskins

Life is pretty strange when a god who is good and benevolent must prove that he has FEET OF CLAY.

The Seven Vagabonds

The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds

by Francis Flagg

Little did Prof. Reubens suspect what his atom-tampering would set loose upon the world.

The Cairn of the Headland

Attrition

by Jim Wannamaker

Of course if Man is to survive, he must be adaptable, as any life form must. But that's not enough; he must adapt faster than the competing forms. And on new planets, that can be tricky....

The Good Neighbors

by Edgar Pangborn

You can’t blame an alien for a little inconvenience--as long as he makes up for it!

The Sloths of Kruvny

by Vern Fearing

This world we live in is a pretty grim place. It's tough to make a living. At any moment we may get blown up, down or sideways by the atom bomb. The day after tomorrow may never come, and on top of all this,...

Blind Spot

by Bascom Jones

Everyone supported the Martian program—until it struck home!