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Monkey On His Back

by Charles V. de Vet

Under the cloud of cast-off identities lay the shape of another man-- was it himself?

Breakaway

by Stanley Gimble

She surely got her wish ... but there was some question about getting what she wanted.

The Best Made Plans

by Everett B. Cole

There are some people that it is extremely unwise to cross... and the fireworks start when two such people cross each other!

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...

Uniform of a Man

by Dave Dryfoos

After rescue, revenge was uppermost in Chet Barfield's mind; the hideous, bestial Agvars had to be taught a lesson they'd never forget. His rescuers seemed to disagree, however—until Chet learned his lesson...

First Man

by Clyde Brown

He obstinately wanted no part in achieving the goal of generations—but the goal with equal obstinacy wanted all of him!

Clean Break

by Roger D. Aycock

A veteran veterinarian might have vamoosed—but Watts had to help any sick animal....

An Empty Bottle

by Mari Wolf

They wanted to go home—back to the planet they'd known. But even the stars had changed. Did the fate of all creation hinge upon an— AN EMPTY BOTTLE

With a Vengeance

by J. B. Woodley

Keep this in mind in teaching apprentices: They are future journeymen—and even masters!

Beyond Pandora

by Robert J. Martin

The ideal way to deal with a pest--any menace--is, of course, to make it useful to you....

We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly

by Roger Kuykendall

After all--they only borrowed it a little while, just to fix it--

The Trap

by Betsy Curtis

She had her mind made up—the one way they'd make her young again was over her dead body!

The Great Gray Plague

by Raymond Fisher Jones

There is no enemy so hard to fight as a dull gray fog. It's not solid enough to beat, too indefinite to kill, and too omnipresent to escape.

They Also Serve

by Donald Edwin Westlake

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

Attrition

by Jim Wannamaker

Of course if Man is to survive, he must be adaptable, as any life form must. But that's not enough; he must adapt faster than the competing forms. And on new planets, that can be tricky....

The Deadly Daughters

by Winston K. Marks

These gorgeous fanatics were equally at home with men, murder, or matrimony, and they used all three with amazing success.

The Infra-Medians

by Sewell Peaslee Wright

Into a land of shadows and lost souls goes Pete Grahame in search of his hapless friends.

The Prophetic Camera

by John McGreevey

Joey knew the old man had somehow faked his pictures; after all, nobody could photograph the future. But then the future began to happen!

Waste Not, Want

by Dave Dryfoos

Eat your spinach, little man! It's good for you. Stuff yourself with it. Be a good little consumer, or the cops will get you.... For such is the law of supply and demand!

The Long Voyage

by Carl Richard Jacobi

The secret lay hidden at the end of nine landings, and Medusa-dark was one man's search for it--in the strangest journey ever made.