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Greville Fane

Shepherd of the Planets

by Alan Mattox

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

See?

by Edward G. Robles

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

With a Vengeance

by J. B. Woodley

Keep this in mind in teaching apprentices: They are future journeymen—and even masters!

Finis

The Keeper

by Henry Beam Piper

Evil men had stolen his treasure, and Raud set out with his deer rifle and his great dog Brave to catch the thieves before they could reach the Starfolk. That the men had negatron pistols meant little--Raud...

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

Make Mine Homogenized

by Raphael Rick

Anyone looking for guaranteed sound science will have to look elsewhere. But if it's fun you want... try the world's most potent eggnogg!

The Circuit Riders

by R.C. FitzPatrick

On the Board, they were just little lights that glowed. But out there in the night of the city-jungle, they represented human passions-- virulent emotions-- and deadly crimes-to-be ...

Giants on the Earth

by Sterner St. Paul Meek

The yoke of Jovian oppression rests heavily on the dwellers of Earth--until Damis, the Nepthalim, comes forward to lead them in spirited revolt.

The Spirit of Christmas

by Henry van Dyke

A short story, an essay, a sermon and two prayers for Christmas.

Sweet Their Blood and Sticky

by Albert Teichner

They weren't human--weren't even related to humanity through ties of blood--but they were our heirs!

I Like Martian Music

by Charles E. Fritch

There have been a number of interesting theories advanced about life on Mars, but few have equalled Charles Fritch's intriguing picture of the world of Longtree and Channeljumper in its infinite variations,...

The Thirst Quenchers

by Raphael Rick

Earth has more water surface than land surface—but that does not mean we have all the water we want to drink. And right now, America is already pressing the limits of fresh water supply....

The Glory of Ippling

by Helen M. Urban

He brought them life and hope. Why wouldn't the fools take it from him?

The Terrible Answer

by Arthur G. Hill

They came to Mars inquiring after the stuff of Empire. They got— The Terrible Answer.

Of Time and Texas

by William F. Nolan

Twenty-eight-year-old William Nolan, another newcomer to the field, introduces us to the capricious Time Door of Professor C. Cydwick Ohms, guaranteed to solve the accumulated problems of the world of the year...

Celebrity

by James McKimmey

Sound the fanfare! Beat the drums! Shout hosannas! Here he comes.... CELEBRITY

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!

Joy Ride

by Mark Meadows

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