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Snowflakes

How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar

by Bret Harte

Bret Harte (August 25, 1836 – May 6, 1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.

Flight Through Tomorrow

by Stanton A. Coblentz

Super warfare has destroyed the old race of man, but elsewhere a new civilization is dawning....

Stop, Look and Dig

by George Oliver Smith

The enlightened days of mental telepathy and ESP should have made the world a better place, but the minute the Rhine Institute opened up, all the crooks decided it was time to go collegiate!

The Hoofer

by Walter M. Miller

A space rover has no business with a family. But what can a man in the full vigor of youth do--if his heart cries out for a home?

Droozle

by Frank Banta

Droozle was probably the greatest writer in the world--any world!

The White Old Maid

Fancy's Show-box

The Inhabited

by Richard Wilson

Containing a foe is sound military thinking—unless it's carried out so literally that everybody becomes an innocent Trojan Horse!

The Indulgence of Negu Mah

Faithfully Yours

by Lou Tabakow

If it's too impossibly difficult to track down and recapture an escaped criminal ... there's a worse thing one might do....

The Vision of the Fountain

Longevity

The Drone

The Beginning

by Henry Hasse

Relentlessly, a narrative as old as time drives forward to a climax as old as man—and points a finger as grim as Death.

Lonesome Hearts

by Russel R. Winterbotham

Mjly is Yljm's love life. She is her sisters, her mothers, herselves and her ancestors. But poor old Yljm can never be a mother or a sister—just himself!

Joy Ride

by Mark Meadows

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

Valley of the Croen

by Lee Tarbell

There was a mysterious golden statue that always pointed one way—and it led to sudden death in the valley where flying disks landed.

Inside John Barth

by William W. Stuart

Every man wants to see a Garden of Eden. John Barth agreed with his whole heart—he knew that he'd rather see than be one!

They Also Serve

by Donald Edwin Westlake

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