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The Rat Racket

by David Henry Keller

With Dr. Keller's genius for hitting at vital spots every time, he now gives us a brand new idea and an ingenious solution. We hope no racketeers read this story. They might, as a result, cause the police some...

The Premiere

by Richard Sabia

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

The Brute

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!

Measure for a Loner

by Jim Harmon

You can measure everything these days--heat, light, gravity, reflexes, force-fields, star-drives. And now I know there even is a... Measure for a Loner.

George Walker at Suez

Mallory

by Leonard Richardson

Geek hackers and classic arcade games, electronic Darwinism and domestic espionage, venture capital and Valley-esque start-ups … and a healthy dose of intellectual property panic.

Beasley's Christmas Party

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

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 Daughter of Erlik Khan

The Country of The Knife

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...

Jump Start

Browne's Folly

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.

Chippings with a Chisel

Droozle

by Frank Banta

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

The Seven Vagabonds