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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

Lease to Doomsday

by Lee Archer

The twins were a rare team indeed. They wanted to build a printing plant on a garbage dump. When Muldoon asked them why, their answer was entirely logical: ''Because we live here.''

Exile

by Horace Brown Fyfe

The Dome of Eyes made it almost impossible for Terrans to reach the world of Tepokt. For those who did land there, there was no returning--only the bitterness of respect--and justice!

Islands in the Air

by Lowell Howard Morrow

The slavery of weight, which chains us to this planet and to the ground, is far more serious than we appreciate, simply because we have always been "earthbound". But, sooner or later, it will be possible to...

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!

Minor Detail

by John Michael Sharkey

General Webb had a simply magnificent idea for getting ground forces into the enemy's territory despite rockets and missiles and things like that. It was a grand scheme, except for one minor detail.

Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot

by Dick Purcell

Being one of the richest men in the world, it was only natural that many people anticipated the day he would die. For someone should claim— Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot.

The Sword and the Atopen

by Taylor H. Greenfield

The conversion of light into electricity by spectrum is an interesting possibility. The idea of using foreign proteins on the human system to repel enemies, is also interesting. Do you get it? We didn't either...

With the Eyes Shut

The Risk Profession

by Donald Edwin Westlake

The men who did dangerous work had a special kind of insurance policy. But when somebody wanted to collect on that policy, the claims investigator suddenly became a member of ... THE RISK PROFESSION

The Vampire

by Jan Neruda

Early vampire short story with an interesting twist to the tradition.