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The Pomegranate Seeds

The Claverings

Chateau of Prince Polignac

Ramsey Milholland

Frigid Fracas

by Mack Reynolds

In any status-hungry culture, the level a man is assigned depends on what people think he is—not on what he is. And that, of course, means that only the deliberately phony has real status!

The Author of Beltraffio

What Goes Around

The Burglar and the Blizzard

The Story of a Nodding Donkey

by Laura Lee Hope

From the "Make Believe Stories": The Nodding Donkey dated his birth from the day he received the beautiful coat of varnish in the workshop of Santa Claus at the North Pole. Before that he was just some pieces...

Buds and Bird Voices

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 ...


by Mack Reynolds

His assignment was to get things done; he definitely did so. Not quite the things intended, perhaps, but definitely done.

King's Evil

The Blue Germ

by Maurice Nicoll

The invention of a germ that can kill all other germs, eradicating death but also desire.

Blood of the Gods

The Flames

Nan Sherwood's Winter Holidays

by Annie Roe Carr

Excerpt: Ta-ra! ta-ra! ta-ra-ra-ra! ta-rat! Professor Krenner took the silver bugle from his lips while the strain echoed flatly from the opposite, wooded hill. That hill was the Isle of Hope, a small island...

The Good Neighbors

by Edgar Pangborn

You can’t blame an alien for a little inconvenience--as long as he makes up for it!

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....

Mrs. Bullfrog