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Miss Ludington's Sister

by Edward Bellamy

The happiness of some lives is distributed pretty evenly over the whole stretch from the cradle to the grave, while that of others comes all at once, glorifying some particular epoch and leaving the rest in...

Forsyte's Retreat

by Winston K. Marks

Sextus Rollo Forsyte had his trouble with the bottle, but nothing out of a bottle ever produced such a hotel as the Mahoney-Plaza: only 260 rooms ... only two guests to a room ... but accommodating 5200 guests—all...

In the Cage

The Hitch Hikers

by Vernon L. McCain

The Rell, a great and ancient Martian race, faced extinction when all moisture was swept from their planet. Then, one day, a lone visitor--a strange, two-legged creature composed mostly of water--landed on Mars...

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 Inhabited

by Richard Wilson

Containing a foe is sound military thinking—unless it's carried out so literally that everybody becomes an innocent Trojan Horse!

Ruth Fielding at Snow Camp

by Alice B. Emerson

While on the way to a winter break vacation at Snow Camp, Ruth, Helen, and Tom cross paths with a strangely sullen boy named Fred Hatfield. The chum's chaperone, Mr. Cameron, suspects the boy of being a runaway,...

Ruth Fielding At College

Weak on Square Roots

by Russell Burton

Does your wife call you Pumpkinhead? Well, maybe it's not an insult; it might be a pet name. Ah—but whose pet name?

The Flying Cuspidors

by V.R. Francis

A trumpet-tooter in love can be a wonderful sight, if Local 802 will forgive our saying so; when extraterrestrials get involved too—oh brother! V. R. Francis, who lives in California and has previously appeared...

Homesick

by Lyn Venable

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

The Hands

by Richard Sternbach

The story of the creation, in all its majesty, was written in six hundred words. Will the destruction be told as briefly?

The Madonna of the Future

Walls of Acid

by Henry Hasse

Five millenniums have passed since the loathsome Termans were eliminated from the world of Diskra.... But what of the other planets?

Blessed Are the Meek

by G.C. Edmondson

Every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is a strength. And when the Strong start smashing each other's strength ... the Weak may turn out to be, instead, the Wise.

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 Mightiest Man

by Patrick Fahy

He had betrayed mankind, but he was not afraid of the consequences--ever!

Survival Tactics

by Al Sevcik

The robots were built to serve Man; to do his work, see to his comforts, make smooth his way. Then the robots figured out an additional service--putting Man out of his misery.

The Sky Trap

Doctor Wortle's School