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The Aggravation of Elmer

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The world would beat a path to Elmer's door—but he had to go carry the door along with him!

Instinct

by George Oliver Smith

You can keep a good man down, if you've got enough headstart, are alert and persistent... so long as he limits himself to acting like a good man....

Prologue to an Analogue

by Leigh Richmond

Finnagle's Law shows that many times we don't get the effect we planned on. But ... there's an inverse to that famous law, too....

On Handling the Data

by M.I. Mayfield

Sometimes a story is best told by omission!

Prelude to Space

by Robert W. Haseltine

You're certain to be included in a survey at one time or another. However, there's one you may not recognize as such. Chances are it will be more important than you imagine. It could be man's— Prelude To Space

The Gentleman from Indiana

Chain of Command

by Stephen Arr

By going through channels, George worked up from the woodwork to the top brass!

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The Planet Mars & Its Inhabitants

Off Course

by Mack Reynolds

Shure and begorra, it was a great day for the Earth! The first envoy from another world was about to speak--that is, if he could forget that horse for a minute....

Control Group

by Roger D. Aycock

"Any problem posed by one group of human beings can be resolved by any other group." That's what the Handbook said. But did that include primitive humans? Or the Bees? Or a "Control Group"

Millennium

by Everett B. Cole

There are devices a high-level culture could produce that simply don't belong in the hands of incompetents of lower cultural evolution. The finest, and most civilized of tools can be made a menace ...

Unspecialist

by Murray F. Yaco

A machine can be built to do any accurately described job better than any man. The superiority of a man is that he can do an unexpected, undescribed, and emergency job... provided he hasn't been especially trained...

The Case of Summerfield

Far from Home

by J.A. Taylor

"Far" is strictly a relative term. Half a world away from home is, sometimes, no distance at all!

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

Tight Squeeze

by Dean Ing

He knew the theory of repairing the gizmo all right. He had that nicely taped. But there was the little matter of threading a wire through a too-small hole while under zero-g, and working in a spacesuit!

The Mississippi Saucer

by Frank Belknap Long

Something of the wonder that must have come to men seeking magic in the sky in days long vanished.

A World Apart

by Sam Merwin

Most men of middle age would welcome a chance to live their lives a second time. But Coulter did not.

Made in Tanganyika

by Carl Richard Jacobi

See what happens when two conchologists get caught in a necromantic nightmare of their own.