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Show Business

by Lyle G. Boyd

Here's the behind-the-scenes lowdown on Luna City life and a promoter of Martian dancing girls, vaudeville, and—other things. But remember: stop us if you've heard this one!

The Lost Room

by Fitz James O'Brien

In the tale, the unnamed narrator relates a tale where he literally loses his room in a surreal situation that sounds more like a rather unpleasant version of Alice in Wonderland.

Traders Risk

by Roger D. Aycock

Keeping this cargo meant death--to jettison it meant to make flotsam and jetsam of a world!

Footprints on the Seashore

The Passenger

by Kenneth Harmon

The classic route to a man's heart is through his stomach—and she was just his dish.

Droozle

by Frank Banta

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

The Eel

by Miriam Allen DeFord

The punishment had to fit more than just the crime—it had to suit every world in the Galaxy!

The Radiant Shell

Security

by Ernest M. Kenyon

If you let a man learn, and study, and work--and clamp a lid on so that nothing he takes into his mind can be let out--one way or another he'll blow a safety valve!

The Indulgence of Negu Mah

Amnesia: Mist Memoir

Strange Alliance

by Bryce Walton

Haunted by their dark heritage, a medieval fate awaited them....

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....

Death of a B.E.M.

by Livingston Berkeley

The writer hated to create bug-eyed monsters, but they hated him too!

Joy Ride

by Mark Meadows

Men or machines—something had to give—though not necessarily one or the other. Why not both?

R.P.M.

by Chris Nakashima-Brown

A near-future post-mediapocalyptic mind-bender about celebrity, freedom, America and meaning.

The Paradise for Children

Graves and Goblins

The Hollow of the Three Hills

Sjambak

by Jack Vance

Wilbur Murphy sought romance, excitement, and an impossible Horseman of Space. With polite smiles, the planet frustrated him at every turn—until he found them all the hard way!