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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....

Christian Gellert's Last Christmas

by Berthold Auerbach

A Christmas short-story extracted from "German Tales".


by Jesse Franklin Bone

Generally, human beings don't do totally useless things consistently and widely. So--maybe there is something to it--

Crucial Instances

The Draw

by Jerome Bixby

Stories of the old West were filled with bad men who lived by the speed of their gun hand. Well, meet Buck Tarrant, who could outdraw them all. His secret: he didn't even have to reach for his weapon....

To Invade New York....

by Irvin Lewis

It would be foolish to do a thing a hard way, when there is such an easy way. In a technically dependent culture, people become quite helpless, really....


by Carroll M. Capps

To disobey the orders of the Council of Four was unthinkable to a Space Admiral of the old school. But the trouble was, the school system had changed. A man, a fighter, an Admiral had to think for himself now,...

Herzog's Benediction

The Glamour of the Snow

Still Life with Apocalypse

With the Eyes Shut

Lotus Alley


by Edward G. Robles

Seeing things? Don't go to an analyst—see the Commission— if it doesn't find you first!

A Prize for Edie

by Jesse Franklin Bone

The Committee had, unquestionably, made a mistake. There was no doubt that Edie had achieved the long-sought cancer cure ... but awarding the Nobel Prize was, nonetheless, a mistake ...

A Fine Fix

by R.C. Noll

Generally speaking, human beings are fine buck-passers—but there's one circumstance under which they refuse to pass on responsibility. If the other fellow says "Your method won't solve the problem!"—then...


The Two Christmas Celebrations, A.D. I. and MDCCCLV.

The Diseases of Purgatory, Pt. 6

Harlequin and Columbine

Earthmen Bearing Gifts

by Frederic Brown

Mars had gifts to offer and Earth had much in return--if delivery could be arranged!