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Competition

by James Causey

They would learn what caused the murderous disease—if it was the last thing they did!

What Need of Man?

by Harold Calin

Bannister was a rocket scientist. He started with the premise of testing man's reaction to space probes under actual conditions; but now he was just testing space probes—and man was a necessary evil to contend...

The Reluctant Weapon

by Howard L. Myers

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

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!

Faithfully Yours

by Lou Tabakow

If it's too impossibly difficult to track down and recapture an escaped criminal ... there's a worse thing one might do....

The Spirit of Christmas

by Henry van Dyke

A short story, an essay, a sermon and two prayers for Christmas.

Wanted - 7 Fearless Engineers!

by F. Orlin Tremaine

A great civilization's fate lay in Dick Barrow's hands as he led his courageous fellow engineers into a strange and unknown land. None of them knew what lay ahead--what dangers awaited them--or what rewards....

The Stoker and the Stars

by Algis Budrys

When you've had your ears pinned back in a bowknot, it's sometimes hard to remember that an intelligent people has no respect for a whipped enemy... but does for a fairly beaten enemy.

The Mad Hatter

Nibsy's Christmas

by Jacob August Riis

A collection of 3 short stories about Christmas.

Next Door, Next World

by Robert Donald Locke

Almost any phenomenon can be used--or act--for good or ill. Mutation usually brings ill--but it also brings greatness. Change can go any direction.

A Rill from the Town Pump

We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly

by Roger Kuykendall

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

Feet Of Clay

by Phillip Hoskins

Life is pretty strange when a god who is good and benevolent must prove that he has FEET OF CLAY.

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 Good Neighbors

by Edgar Pangborn

You can’t blame an alien for a little inconvenience--as long as he makes up for it!

The Sloths of Kruvny

by Vern Fearing

This world we live in is a pretty grim place. It's tough to make a living. At any moment we may get blown up, down or sideways by the atom bomb. The day after tomorrow may never come, and on top of all this,...

Blind Spot

by Bascom Jones

Everyone supported the Martian program—until it struck home!

The Lost Kafoozalum

by Pauline Ashwell

One of the beautiful things about a delusion is that no matter how mad someone gets at it ... he can't do it any harm. Therefore a delusion can be a fine thing for prodding angry belligerents....

A Gift For Terra

by Fox B. Holden

The good Martian Samaritans rescued Johnny Love and offered him "the stars". Now, maybe, Johnny didn't look closely enough into the "gift horse's" mouth, but there were others who did ... and found therein the...