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The Moralist

by Jack Taylor

Aye, 'tis a difficult thing to be a lady on a far world—but who needs them there?

Spillthrough

by Daniel F. Galouye

Ships switching from hyper to normal space had to do it in a micro-second—if the crews were to live. But it would take Brad suicidal minutes!

Monsters

A Cautionary Tale

Be It Ever Thus

by Robert Moore Williams

The planet's natives were so similar to their conquerors that no one could tell them apart--except for their difference in thinking.

The Valley

by Richard Stockham

If you can't find it countless millions of miles in space, come back to Earth. You might find it just on the other side of the fence—where the grass is always greener.

The Pygmy Planet

by Jack Williamson

Down into the infinitely small goes Larry on his mission to the Pygmy Planet.

Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island

by Alice B. Emerson

Ruth's classmate Jerry is hurt in a train wreck and goes to convalesce at the Red Mill. While tended to by Aunt Alvirah and Ruth, Jerry reveals how his uncle was cheated of his land on Cliff Island after losing...

The Draw

by Jerome Bixby

Stories of the old West were filled with bad men who lived by the speed of their gun hand. Well, meet Buck Tarrant, who could outdraw them all. His secret: he didn't even have to reach for his weapon....

The Man Who Played to Lose

by Laurence Mark Janifer

Sometimes the very best thing you can do is to lose. The cholera germ, for instance, asks nothing better than that it be swallowed alive....

Marley's Chain

by Alan Nourse

Tam's problem was simple. He lived in a world that belonged to someone else.

Star Performer

by Robert Joseph Shea

Blue Boy's rating was high and his fans were loyal to the death—anyone's death!

The Holes and John Smith

by Edward W. Ludwig

He was something out of a nightmare but his music was straight from heaven. He was a ragged little man out of a hole but he was money in the bank to Stanley's four-piece combo. He was—whoops!...

Special Delivery

by Damon Francis Knight

All Len had to hear was the old gag: "We've never lost a father yet." His child was not even born and it was thoroughly unbearable!

The Worlds of Joe Shannon

by Frank M. Robinson

Strumming a harp while floating on a white cloud might be Paradise for some people, but it would bore others stiff. Given an unlimited chance to choose your ideal world, what would you specify—palaces or log...

Le Jardin des Os

Brood of the Dark Moon

by Charles Willard Diffin

Once more Chet, Walt and Diane are united in a wild ride to the Dark Moon—but this time they go as prisoners of their deadly enemy Schwartzmann.

Zen

by Jerome Bixby

Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable--they were vastly dangerous

Pandemic

by Jesse Franklin Bone

Generally, human beings don't do totally useless things consistently and widely. So--maybe there is something to it--

Ring Once for Death

by Robert Andrew Arthur

The power of the old gods was certainly nothing for Mark and Edith—a modern, twentieth-century couple—to worry about. After all—everybody dies!