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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.

The Ordeal of Colonel Johns

by George H. Smith

Colonel Johns, that famous Revolutionary War hero, had the unique—and painful—experience of meeting his great-great-great-great granddaughter. Now maybe you can't change history, but what's there to prevent...

Star Performer

by Robert Joseph Shea

Blue Boy's rating was high and his fans were loyal to the death—anyone's death!

Shepherd of the Planets

by Alan Mattox

Renner had a purpose in life. And the Purpose in Life had Renner.

Disqualified

by Charles Louis Fontenay

If Saranta wished to qualify as one who loved his fellow man, he should have known that often the most secretive things are the most obvious.

Strange Alliance

by Bryce Walton

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

Uxo, Bomb Dog

Bad Medicine

A Question of Courage

by Jesse Franklin Bone

I smelled the trouble the moment I stepped on the lift and took the long ride up the side of the "Lachesis." There was something wrong. I couldn't put my finger on it, but...

Viewpoint

by Randall Garrett

A fearsome thing is a thing you're afraid of--and it has nothing whatever to do with whether others are afraid, nor with whether it is in fact dangerous. It's your view of the matter that counts!

A Matter of Proportion

by Anne Walker

In order to make a man stop, you must convince him that it's impossible to go on. Some people, though, just can't be convinced.

Acid Bath

by Vaseleos Garson

The starways' Lone Watcher had expected some odd developments in his singular, nerve-fraught job on the asteroid. But nothing like the weird twenty-one-day liquid test devised by the invading Steel-Blues.

A Transmutation of Muddles

by Horace Brown Fyfe

An experienced horse-trader, bargain-haggler, and general swapper has a very special talent for turning two headaches into one aspirin pill....

Hall of the Phoenix Machines

Irresistible Weapon

by Horace Brown Fyfe

There's no such thing as a weapon too horrible to use; weapons will continue to become bigger, and deadlier. Like other things that can't be stopped....

The Water Eater

by Winston K. Marks

Most experiments were dropped because they failed—and some because they worked too well!

Pygmalion's Spectacles

Ring Once for Death

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The power of the old gods was certainly nothing for Mark and Edith—a modern, twentieth-century couple—to worry about. After all—everybody dies!

The Hall of Fantasy

Atoms of Empire

by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne

The wandering Englishman, the atom of empire, at sundry ends of the earth is not always good company in the flesh, but in Mr. Cutcliffe Hyne's stories he is good company. For the reader is not in the position...