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The Plastic Elf of Extrusion Valley

by David McGillveray

Strange things are afoot in the computer-controlled fabrication farms of Germany’s Altes Land…

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 ...

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!

The Monstrance

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....

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.

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

The Indulgence of Negu Mah

Maida's Little Shop

by Inez Haynes Irwin

This is the tale of Maida Westabrook, the motherless daughter of Jerome "Buffalo" Westabrook, Wall Street tycoon. Although Maida has had everything that money can buy and the devotion of her father, she has...

Dawn

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....

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.''

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

Greville Fane

Disqualified

by Charles Louis Fontenay

If Saranta wished to qualify as one who loved his fellow man, he should have known that often the most secretive things are the most obvious.