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To Choke an Ocean

by Jesse Franklin Bone

Gourmets all agree that nothing can beat oysters on the half-shell—not even the armed might of the Terran Confederation!

On Handling the Data

by M.I. Mayfield

Sometimes a story is best told by omission!

The Adventure League

An Incident on Route 12

Crucial Instances

The Other Likeness

by James Henry Schmitz

There is a limit to how perfect a counterfeit can be— a limit that cannot be passed without an odd phenomenon setting in....The Other Likeness

Castle Richmond

Beasley's Christmas Party

Confidence Game

by James McKimmey

Cutter demanded more and more and more efficiency—and got it! But, as in anything, enough is enough, and too much is …

Little Annie's Ramble


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 Diamond Lens

The Dark Door

To Invade New York....

by Irvin Lewis

It would be foolish to do a thing a hard way, when there is such an easy way. In a technically dependent culture, people become quite helpless, really....


by Stanley Gimble

She surely got her wish ... but there was some question about getting what she wanted.

Strange Alliance

by Bryce Walton

Haunted by their dark heritage, a medieval fate awaited them....

Christmas with Grandma Elsie

by Martha Finley

A Christmas story from the Elsie series.

Teething Ring

by James Causey

Anyone can make an error, but the higher the society... the more disastrous the mistake!

Ruth Fielding At College

The Buttoned Sky

by Geoff St. Reynard

Legends spoke of Earth's glorious past, of freedom and greatness. But this was the future, ruled by god-globes, as men gazed fearfully at—The Buttoned Sky