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Browne's Folly

Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe

Vital Ingredient

by Charles V. de Vet

It is man's most precious possession—no living thing can exist without it. But when they gave it to Orville, it killed him. For the answer, read 1/M.

Dearest

Summit

by Mack Reynolds

Almost anything, if it goes on long enough, can be reduced to, first a Routine, and then, to a Tradition. And at the point it is, obviously, Necessary.

History Repeats

by George Oliver Smith

There are--and very probably will always be--some Terrestrials who can't, and for that matter don't want, to call their souls their own....

Moment of Truth

by Basil Eugene Wells

Basil Wells, who lives in Pennsylvania, has been doing research concerning life in the area during the period prior to and following the War of 1812. Here he turns to a different problem—the adjustment demanded...

The Great Potlatch Riots

by Allen Kim Lang

Oh, leave it to the bureaucrats and they'll figure out new ways to make you buy more and more.... But there was only one way the poor consumer could rise up in his wrath.

Hall of the Phoenix Machines

Disturbing Sun

by Richard Shirley Richardson

This, be it understood, is fiction--nothing but fiction--and not, under any circumstances, to be considered as having any truth whatever to it. It's obviously utterly impossible... isn't it?

A Filbert Is a Nut

by Raphael Rick

That the gentleman in question was a nut was beyond question. He was an institutionalized psychotic. He was nutty enough to think he could make an atom bomb out of modeling clay!

Winner Take All

The Daughter of Erlik Khan

Breeder Reaction

by Winston K. Marks

The remarkable thing about Atummyc Afterbath Dusting Powder was that it gave you that lovely, radiant, atomic look—just the way the advertisements said it would. In fact, it also gave you a little something...

Heist Job on Thizar

by Randall Garrett

In the future, we may discover new planets; our ships may rocket to new worlds; robots may be smarter than people. But we'll still have slick characters willing and able to turn a fast buck--even though they...

Sorry: Wrong Dimension

by Ross Rocklynne

So the baby had a pet monster. And so nobody but baby could see it. And so a couple of men dropped out of thin air to check and see if the monster was licensed or not. So what's strange about that?

The Chameleon Man

by William P. McGivern

Perfect adaptation, that's what it was. When a human being can blend with his surroundings, funny things can happen!

The Gorgon's Head

Attrition

by Jim Wannamaker

Of course if Man is to survive, he must be adaptable, as any life form must. But that's not enough; he must adapt faster than the competing forms. And on new planets, that can be tricky....

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.