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Rough Translation

by Jean M. Janis

Don't be ashamed if you can't blikkel any more. It's because you couldn't help framishing.

Direct Wire

by Clee Garson

Mort and Mike got strange calls on this phone; they didn't come through Central!

Pledged to the Dead

by Seabury Quinn

A tale of a lover who was pledged to a sweetheart who had been in her grave for more than a century, and of the striking death that menaced him—a story of Jules de Grandin.

Cat and Mouse

by Ralph Williams

The Warden needed to have a certain very obnoxious pest eliminated ... and he knew just the pest-eradicator he needed....

Medal of Honor

by Mack Reynolds

According to tradition, the man who held the Galactic Medal of Honor could do no wrong. In a strange way, Captain Don Mathers was to learn that this was true.

All That Goes Up

by Kirby Brooks

At fifty, a man should be too old to go around flying off the handle, or wandering around on the ceiling. But what could a man do when he had a son who insisted on being a genius?

The Altar at Midnight

by Cyril Michael Kornbluth

Doing something for humanity may be fine--for humanity--but rough on the individual!

Alien Offer

by Al Sevcik

In space, a vengeful fleet waited.... Then the furred strangers arrived with a plan to save Earth's children. But the General wasn't sure if he could trust an Alien Offer.

The Prophetic Camera

by John McGreevey

Joey knew the old man had somehow faked his pictures; after all, nobody could photograph the future. But then the future began to happen!

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...

The Lanson Screen

by Arthur Leo Zagat

Cut off a whole city, might get some serious breathing problems.

Deepfreeze

by Robert Donald Locke

Life and the future belong to the strong—so Dollard laughed as he fled Earth and Mankind's death agony. But the last laugh was yet to come....

Heat Island

Contamination Crew

by Alan Nourse

Orders were orders! The creature had to be killed. But just how does one destroy the indestructible?

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 Envoy, Her

by Horace Brown Fyfe

The Emperor must be getting old, they thought, to deal so mercifully with the upstart Jursan Rebels—which was quite true. He was not too young to dream....

The Gift Bearer

by Charles Louis Fontenay

This could well have been Montcalm's greatest opportunity; a chance to bring mankind priceless gifts from worlds beyond. But Montcalm was a solid family man--and what about that nude statue in the park?

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!

Garth and the Visitor

by L.J. Stecher

If you could ask them, you might be greatly surprised—some tabus very urgently want to be broken!

When the Mountain Shook

by Robert Abernathy

Dark was the Ryzga mountain and forbidding; steep were its cliffs and sheer its crevasses. But its outward perils could not compare with the Ryzgas themselves, who slept within, ready to wake and conquer....