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At the Post

by Horace Leonard Gold

How does a person come to be scratched from the human race? Psychiatry did not have the answer—perhaps Clocker's turf science did!

Wainer

by Michael Shaara

Certainly, life has a meaning—though sometimes it takes a lifetime to learn what it is.

The Reluctant Weapon

by Howard L. Myers

A live weapon is a downright liability ... it's all too apt to get qualms of conscience!

One Man's Poison

by Robert Sheckley

They could eat a horse, only luckily there was none ... it might have eaten them first!

The Barbarians

by Algis Budrys

History was repeating itself; there were moats and nobles in Pennsylvania and vassals in Manhattan and the barbarian hordes were overrunning the land.

The Clean and Wholesome Land

by Ralph Sholto

Utopia had been reached. All the problems of mankind had been solved. It was the perfect State. If you doubted it, you died.

Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

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

Celebrity

by James McKimmey

Sound the fanfare! Beat the drums! Shout hosannas! Here he comes.... CELEBRITY

Acid Bath

by Vaseleos Garson

The starways' Lone Watcher had expected some odd developments in his singular, nerve-fraught job on the asteroid. But nothing like the weird twenty-one-day liquid test devised by the invading Steel-Blues.

The Day Time Stopped Moving

by Bradner Buckner

All Dave Miller wanted to do was commit suicide in peace. He tried, but the things that happened after he'd pulled the trigger were all wrong. Like everyone standing around like statues. No St. Peter, no pearly...

Cat and Mouse

by Ralph Williams

The Warden needed to have a certain very obnoxious pest eliminated ... and he knew just the pest-eradicator he needed....

Criminal Negligence

by Jesse Francis McComas

Somebody was going to have to be left behind ... and who it would be was perfectly obvious....

The Glamour of the Snow

Toy Planes

The Buttoned Sky

by Geoff St. Reynard

Legends spoke of Earth's glorious past, of freedom and greatness. But this was the future, ruled by god-globes, as men gazed fearfully at—The Buttoned Sky

Assassin

by Jesse Franklin Bone

The aliens wooed Earth with gifts, love, patience and peace. Who could resist them? After all, no one shoots Santa Claus!

The Coxon Fund

The Thirst Quenchers

by Raphael Rick

Earth has more water surface than land surface—but that does not mean we have all the water we want to drink. And right now, America is already pressing the limits of fresh water supply....

The Chaperon

Forever

by Robert Sheckley

Of all the irksome, frustrating, maddening discoveries—was there no way of keeping it discovered?