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The Monstrance

A Sick Collier

The Ambassador

by Sam Merwin

All Earth needed was a good stiff dose of common sense, but its rulers preferred to depend on the highly fallible computers instead. As a consequence, interplanetary diplomatic relations were somewhat strained—until...

The Point of View

Unspecialist

by Murray F. Yaco

A machine can be built to do any accurately described job better than any man. The superiority of a man is that he can do an unexpected, undescribed, and emergency job... provided he hasn't been especially trained...

Beasley's Christmas Party

The Lost Kafoozalum

by Pauline Ashwell

One of the beautiful things about a delusion is that no matter how mad someone gets at it ... he can't do it any harm. Therefore a delusion can be a fine thing for prodding angry belligerents....

The Dragon's Teeth

Step IV

by Rosel George Brown

Steps 1, 2 and 3 went according to plan. Then she moved on to.... Step IV

The Hoofer

by Walter M. Miller

A space rover has no business with a family. But what can a man in the full vigor of youth do--if his heart cries out for a home?

Devil Crystals of Arret

by Hal K. Wells

Facing a six-hour deadline of death, young Larry raids a hostile world of rat-men and tinkling Devil Crystals.

Kabbalah Cowboys

Chippings with a Chisel

The Sister-years

The Pygmies

The Gray Champion

Graves and Goblins

Sketches From Memory

Egotism; or, The Bosom Serpent

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!