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Disturbing Sun

by Richard Shirley Richardson

This, be it understood, is fiction--nothing but fiction--and not, under any circumstances, to be considered as having any truth whatever to it. It's obviously utterly impossible... isn't it?

The Coxon Fund

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 Chaperon

Goodbye, Dead Man!

by Tom W. Harris

Mattup had killed a man, so it was logical he should be punished. It was Danny who came up with the idea of leaving him with the prophecy—

Made in Tanganyika

by Carl Richard Jacobi

See what happens when two conchologists get caught in a necromantic nightmare of their own.

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!

One Martian Afternoon

by Tom Leahy

She was sweet, gentle, kind—a sort of Martian Old Mother Hubbard. But when she went to her cupboard ...

The Model of a Judge

by William Douglas Morrison

Should a former outlaw become a judge—even if he need only pass sentence on a layer cake?

The Circuit Riders

by R.C. FitzPatrick

On the Board, they were just little lights that glowed. But out there in the night of the city-jungle, they represented human passions-- virulent emotions-- and deadly crimes-to-be ...

The Aggravation of Elmer

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The world would beat a path to Elmer's door—but he had to go carry the door along with him!

Homesick

by Lyn Venable

What thrill is there in going out among the stars if coming back means bitter loneliness?

Heat Island

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.

Mrs. Bullfrog

The Far Islands

B-12's Moon Glow

by Charles A. Stearns

Among the metal-persons of Phobos, robot B-12 held a special niche. He might not have been stronger, larger, faster than some … but he could be devious … and more important, he was that junkyard planetoid’s...

Four Eyes

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!

The Hollow of the Three Hills