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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!

Greville Fane

Christmas with Grandma Elsie

by Martha Finley

A Christmas story from the Elsie series.

Far from Home

by J.A. Taylor

"Far" is strictly a relative term. Half a world away from home is, sometimes, no distance at all!

Prologue to an Analogue

by Leigh Richmond

Finnagle's Law shows that many times we don't get the effect we planned on. But ... there's an inverse to that famous law, too....

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!

Membership Drive

by Murray F. Yaco

Want to join our secret organization? Well, first you have to pass the tests.

The Mississippi Saucer

by Frank Belknap Long

Something of the wonder that must have come to men seeking magic in the sky in days long vanished.

On Handling the Data

by M.I. Mayfield

Sometimes a story is best told by omission!

Prelude to Space

by Robert W. Haseltine

You're certain to be included in a survey at one time or another. However, there's one you may not recognize as such. Chances are it will be more important than you imagine. It could be man's— Prelude To Space

Lonesome Hearts

by Russel R. Winterbotham

Mjly is Yljm's love life. She is her sisters, her mothers, herselves and her ancestors. But poor old Yljm can never be a mother or a sister—just himself!

A Knyght Ther Was

by Robert Franklin Young

But the Knyght was a little less than Perfect, and his horse did not have a metabolism, and his "castle" was much more mobile—timewise!—than it had any business being!

The Real Hard Sell

by William W. Stuart

Naturally human work was more creative, more inspiring, more important than robot drudgery. Naturally it was the most important task in all the world … or was it?

Millennium

by Everett B. Cole

There are devices a high-level culture could produce that simply don't belong in the hands of incompetents of lower cultural evolution. The finest, and most civilized of tools can be made a menace ...

Unspecialist

by Murray F. Yaco

A machine can be built to do any accurately described job better than any man. The superiority of a man is that he can do an unexpected, undescribed, and emergency job... provided he hasn't been especially trained...

The Case of Summerfield

The Terrible Answer

by Arthur G. Hill

They came to Mars inquiring after the stuff of Empire. They got— The Terrible Answer.

Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil

by Alice B. Emerson

From Washington the scene is shifted to the great oil fields of our country. A splendid picture of the oil field operations of today.

Betty Gordon in Washington

by Alice B. Emerson

In this volume Betty goes to the National Capitol to find her uncle and has several unusual adventures.

The Gentleman from Indiana