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Pledged to the Dead

by Seabury Quinn

A tale of a lover who was pledged to a sweetheart who had been in her grave for more than a century, and of the striking death that menaced him—a story of Jules de Grandin.

Emotional Bankruptcy

The Impossible Voyage Home

by Floyd L. Wallace

The right question kept getting the wrong answer—but old Ethan and Amantha got the right answer by asking the wrong question!

The Leech

by Robert Sheckley

A visitor should be fed, but this one could eat you out of house and home ... literally!

The Warrior's Soul

The Far Islands

Sight Gag

by Laurence Mark Janifer

Intelligence is a great help in the evolution-by-survival—but intelligence without muscle is even less useful than muscle without brains. But it's so easy to forget that muscle—plain physical force—is...

Heart

by Henry Slesar

Monk had three questions he lived by: Where can I find it? How much will it cost? When can you deliver? But now they said that what he needed wasn't for sale.

The Death of the Lion

Tight Squeeze

by Dean Ing

He knew the theory of repairing the gizmo all right. He had that nicely taped. But there was the little matter of threading a wire through a too-small hole while under zero-g, and working in a spacesuit!

Regeneration

by Charles Dye

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Not because man failed to understand his fellow man, but because he failed to understand himself. There wasn't much left afterwards--after the golden showers of deadly...

Longevity

Vital Ingredient

by Gerald Vance

Frankie was ready for the big test—Ten-Time Winner of the world title. He was young and fit and able; also, he had Milt's cunning brain to direct every feint and punch. This left only one thing in doubt, the...

The Winged Men of Orcon

by David R. Sparks

Far out at the edge of the Universe two scientists play a game of wits--Earth to the winner.

The Beginning

by Henry Hasse

Relentlessly, a narrative as old as time drives forward to a climax as old as man—and points a finger as grim as Death.

Feline Red

by Robert Sampson

It was up to Jerill to think fast ... to do something ... before those strange beasts sucked away the last purified ore on the freighter Bertha.

Three Lines of Old French

Henry Horn's X-Ray Eye Glasses

by Dwight Vreeland Swain

Henry Horn had a new invention; a pair of glasses that worked on the x-ray principle. But he didn't expect them to reveal Nazi secret agents and their works of sabotage!

Endicott and the Red Cross

Mementos