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The Duchess of Palliano

The Human Chord

Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

by Harold Leland Goodwin

A thousand miles above Earth’s surface the great space platform sped from daylight into darkness. Once every two hours it circled the earth completely, spinning along through space like a mighty wheel of steel...

All That Goes Up

by Kirby Brooks

At fifty, a man should be too old to go around flying off the handle, or wandering around on the ceiling. But what could a man do when he had a son who insisted on being a genius?

Restricted Tool

by Malcom B. Morehart

Finders, keepers, is an unwritten law. But the gadget Clark accidentally found had a special set of rules governing its use by whom—and when!

Cube Root of Conquest

by Rog Phillips

What actual result is there in the act of conquest? What is its cube root?

The Marooner

by Charles A. Stearns

Wordsley and Captain DeCastros crossed half a universe--suffered hardship--faced unknown dangers; and all this for what--a breath of rare perfume?

Confidence Game

by James McKimmey

Cutter demanded more and more and more efficiency—and got it! But, as in anything, enough is enough, and too much is …

The Kenzie Report

by Mark Irvin Clifton

If this story has a moral, it is: "Leave well enough alone." Just look what happened to Kenzie "mad-about-ants" MacKenzie, who didn't....

Felony

by James Causey

Vogel started with crossword puzzles ... and worked his way up to Man's greatest enigma!

Contamination Crew

by Alan Nourse

Orders were orders! The creature had to be killed. But just how does one destroy the indestructible?

What Rough Beast?

by Jefferson Highe

When you are a teacher, you expect kids to play pranks. But with tigers—and worse?

The Sloths of Kruvny

by Vern Fearing

This world we live in is a pretty grim place. It's tough to make a living. At any moment we may get blown up, down or sideways by the atom bomb. The day after tomorrow may never come, and on top of all this,...

Skin Game

by Charles E. Fritch

Working on the theory that you can skin a sucker in space as well as on Earth, the con team of Harding and Sheckly operated furtively but profitably among natives of the outer planets. That is—until there...

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 Clean and Wholesome Land

by Ralph Sholto

Utopia had been reached. All the problems of mankind had been solved. It was the perfect State. If you doubted it, you died.

High Dragon Bump

by Don Thompson

If it took reduction or torch hair, the Cirissins wanted a bump. Hokum, thistle, gluck.

Planet of Dreams

by James McKimmey

The climate was perfect, the sky was always blue, and—best of all—nobody had to work. What more could anyone want?

The Outbreak of Peace

by Horace Brown Fyfe

When properly conducted, a diplomatic mission can turn the most smashing of battle-successes into a fabulous Pyrrhic victory.