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Tree, Spare that Woodman

by Dave Dryfoos

The single thing to fear was fear—ghastly, walking fear!

The Flying Cuspidors

by V.R. Francis

A trumpet-tooter in love can be a wonderful sight, if Local 802 will forgive our saying so; when extraterrestrials get involved too—oh brother! V. R. Francis, who lives in California and has previously appeared...

The Lost Kafoozalum

by Pauline Ashwell

One of the beautiful things about a delusion is that no matter how mad someone gets at it ... he can't do it any harm. Therefore a delusion can be a fine thing for prodding angry belligerents....

Christian Gellert's Last Christmas

by Berthold Auerbach

A Christmas short-story extracted from "German Tales".

The Wall

The Premiere

by Richard Sabia

The young actor was great.... They didn't realize just how great until the night of THE PREMIERE.

The Enigma Event

Field Trip

The Towers Of St. Michael’s

by David Walton

A pensive piece about the sensory world and the barriers between two people separated by sight.

Jump Start

Shifting Seas

Lotus Alley

Telempathy

by Vance Simonds

Suppose you really knew what everyone was feeling... suppose you had a surefire way of predicting public reaction. Wouldn't you wonder, sometimes, if it could backfire?

A Matter of Magnitude

by Al Sevcik

When you're commanding a spaceship over a mile long, and armed to the teeth, you don't exactly expect to be told to get the hell out...

Alarm Clock

by Everett B. Cole

Most useful high explosives, like ammonium nitrate, are enormously violent ... once they're triggered. But they will remain seemingly inert when beaten, burned, variously punished--until the particular shock...

The Real Hard Sell

by William W. Stuart

Naturally human work was more creative, more inspiring, more important than robot drudgery. Naturally it was the most important task in all the world … or was it?

Beasley's Christmas Party

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

Indirection

by Everett B. Cole

The best way to keep a secret is to publish it in a quite unbelievable form--and insist that it is the truth.

Texas Week

by Albert Hernhuter

One of the chief purposes of psychiatry is to separate fantasy from reality. It is reasonable to expect that future psychiatrists will know more about this borderline than the most learned doctors of today....