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A Scientist Rises

by Desmond Winter Hall

The face of the giant was indeed that of a god....

The Miraculous Pitcher

Sylph Etherege

The Players

by Everett B. Cole

A Playboy is someone with power, too much time on his hands, and too little sense of a goal worth achieving. And if the Playboy happens to belong to a highly advanced culture....

The Partner

John Inglefield's Thanksgiving

They Also Serve

by Donald Edwin Westlake

Why should people hate vultures? After all, a vulture never kills anyone…

The Plague

by Teddy Keller

Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague showed up.... One that attacked only people within the political borders of the United States!

Old Ticonderoga

John Jones's Dollar

by Harry Stephen Keeler

Take a board with 64 squares on it. Put a grain of wheat on the first square--two on the second--four on the third. Keep doubling in this manner and you will find there isn't enough wheat in the world to fill...

John Bull on the Guadalquivir

Aaron Trow

The Christening

The Pygmies

The Village Uncle

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...

Pipe of Peace

by James McKimmey

There's a song that says "it's later than you think" and it is perhaps lamentable that someone didn't sing it for Henry that beautiful morning....

The First One

by Herbert D. Kastle

The first man to return from beyond the Great Frontier may be welcomed ... but will it be as a curiosity, rather than as a hero...?

In the Arena

The Nothing Equation

by Tom Godwin

The space ships were miracles of power and precision; the men who manned them, rich in endurance and courage. Every detail had been checked and double checked; every detail except-- The Nothing Equation.