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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.

Shifting Seas

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...

The Ideal

The Case of Summerfield

The Beast of Space

by F.E. Hardart

A tale of the prospectors of the starways-of dangers.

What Need of Man?

by Harold Calin

Bannister was a rocket scientist. He started with the premise of testing man's reaction to space probes under actual conditions; but now he was just testing space probes—and man was a necessary evil to contend...

Prologue to an Analogue

by Leigh Richmond

Finnagle's Law shows that many times we don't get the effect we planned on. But ... there's an inverse to that famous law, too....

Celebrity

by James McKimmey

Sound the fanfare! Beat the drums! Shout hosannas! Here he comes.... CELEBRITY

What Goes Around

The Sister-years

Earthmen Bearing Gifts

by Frederic Brown

Mars had gifts to offer and Earth had much in return--if delivery could be arranged!

Watch the Sky

by James Henry Schmitz

It's one thing to try to get away with what you believe to be a lie and be caught at it— and something different, and far worse sometimes, to find it isn't a lie ...

And Devious the Line of Duty

by Tom Godwin

Sometimes the most diligent and loyal thing an old man can do is fumble, drink beer, and let a young man get into trouble....

Sand

Evidence

The Devil in Manuscript

Footprints on the Seashore

The Jameson Satellite

by Neil Ronald Jones

The mammoths of the ancient world have been wonderfully preserved in the ice of Siberia. The cold, only a few miles out in space, will be far more intense than in the polar regions and its power of preserving...

The Worshippers

by Damon Francis Knight

Destiny reached out a hand to Algernon Weaver--but he was a timid man, at first. But on the strange world of Terranova, there was much to be learned--of destiny, and other things....