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The Devolutionist

by Homer Eon Flint

All told, this particular session covered a good many hours. The four kept up a more or less connected mental conversation with each other as they went along, except, of course, when the events became too exciting....

Star Performer

by Robert Joseph Shea

Blue Boy's rating was high and his fans were loyal to the death—anyone's death!

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.

Sjambak

by Jack Vance

Wilbur Murphy sought romance, excitement, and an impossible Horseman of Space. With polite smiles, the planet frustrated him at every turn—until he found them all the hard way!

The Cuckoo Clock

by Wesley Barefoot

You know a murderer preys on your household—lives with you—depends on you—and you have no defence!

Tulan

by Carroll M. Capps

To disobey the orders of the Council of Four was unthinkable to a Space Admiral of the old school. But the trouble was, the school system had changed. A man, a fighter, an Admiral had to think for himself now,...

The Rat Racket

by David Henry Keller

With Dr. Keller's genius for hitting at vital spots every time, he now gives us a brand new idea and an ingenious solution. We hope no racketeers read this story. They might, as a result, cause the police some...

The Dope on Mars

by John Michael Sharkey

Somebody had to get the human angle on this trip ... but what was humane about sending me?

Blessed Are the Meek

by G.C. Edmondson

Every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is a strength. And when the Strong start smashing each other's strength ... the Weak may turn out to be, instead, the Wise.

Traders Risk

by Roger D. Aycock

Keeping this cargo meant death--to jettison it meant to make flotsam and jetsam of a world!

Egocentric Orbit

by John Cory

It took a long time for human beings to accept that our little piece of meteoric rubble wasn't the exact and absolute center of the Universe. It does appear that way, doesn't it? It may not take so long for...

The Professional Approach

by Charles Leonard Harness

The trials of a patent lawyer are usually highly technical tribulations--and among the greatest is the fact that Inventors are only slightly less predictable than their Inventions!

Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas

Manners of the Age

by Horace Brown Fyfe

With everyone gone elsewhere, Earth was perfect for gracious living—only there was nothing gracious about it!

Cube Root of Conquest

by Rog Phillips

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

Junior Achievement

by William M. Lee

Fallout is, of course, always disastrous— one way or another.

When the Sleepers Woke

by Arthur Leo Zagat

Only two small groups of people—enemies—survive the vast desolation of the Final War.

Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

Here is a brace of vignettes by the Old Vignette Master ... short and sharp ... like a hypodermic!

The Pygmy Planet

by Jack Williamson

Down into the infinitely small goes Larry on his mission to the Pygmy Planet.

Resurrection

by Robert Joseph Shea

Robert J. Shea returns with this intriguing short-short predicting a not too distant future where medicine, not content with stimulating life and new growth in people who had already died, goes on to further...