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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!

Hall of Mirrors

by Frederic Brown

It is a tough decision to make--whether to give up your life so you can live it over again!


by Mack Reynolds

His assignment was to get things done; he definitely did so. Not quite the things intended, perhaps, but definitely done.


Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

Here is a brace of vignettes by the Old Vignette Master ... short and sharp ... like a hypodermic!

Assignment's End

by Roger D. Aycock

Alcorn's wild talent was miraculous ... he brought peace to everybody who came near him. Only one person was exempt—himself!

Death Comes But Twice

Mrs. Bullfrog

Real City

by Carrie Vaughn

“Real City” is a modern Hollywood fable set in a post-post-modern future.

Veritas Nos Liberabit

by Kristin Janz

“Veritas Nos Liberabit” is a story told in emails about how emails can tell stories.

The Risk Profession

by Donald Edwin Westlake

The men who did dangerous work had a special kind of insurance policy. But when somebody wanted to collect on that policy, the claims investigator suddenly became a member of ... THE RISK PROFESSION

Make Mine Homogenized

by Raphael Rick

Anyone looking for guaranteed sound science will have to look elsewhere. But if it's fun you want... try the world's most potent eggnogg!

Buds and Bird Voices

The Bell Tone

by Edmund H. Leftwich

It is no use. It's too late. The earth--I must dig--alone.

The Slugger's Game


by James Henry Schmitz

A novice is one who is inexperienced—but that doesn't mean incompetent. Nor does it mean stupid!

The Diseases of Purgatory, Pt. 6

The Model of a Judge

by William Douglas Morrison

Should a former outlaw become a judge—even if he need only pass sentence on a layer cake?

The Birth of Athena

Ice House