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Two Timer

by Frederic Brown

Here is a brace of vignettes by the Old Vignette Master ... short and sharp ... like a hypodermic!

Student Body

by Floyd L. Wallace

When a really infallible scientific bureau makes a drastically serious error, the data must be wrong ... but wrong in what way?

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

Bolden's Pets

by Floyd L. Wallace

The price of life was a life for a life—which was all the reward the victim looked for!

The Very Secret Agent

by Mari Wolf

Poor Riuku!... Not being a member of the human race, how was he supposed to understand what goes on in a woman's mind when the male of the same species didn't even know?

Get Out of Our Skies!

by E.K. Jarvis

The long-suffering public went along with billboards and singing commercials; they tolerated half a dozen sales pitches in a half-hour radio or TV show...

Skin Game

by Charles E. Fritch

Working on the theory that you can skin a sucker in space as well as on Earth, the con team of Harding and Sheckly operated furtively but profitably among natives of the outer planets. That is—until there...

Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot

by Dick Purcell

Being one of the richest men in the world, it was only natural that many people anticipated the day he would die. For someone should claim— Mr. Chipfellow's Jackpot.

The Grizzly King

by James Oliver Curwood

As in human life, there are tragedy, and humour, and pathos in the life of the wild; there are facts of tremendous interest, real happenings and real lives to be written about, and very small necessity for one...

The Holes Around Mars

by Jerome Bixby

Science said it could not be, but there it was. And whoosh—look out—here it is again!

Two Plus Two Makes Crazy

by Walter J. Sheldon

Walt Sheldon is bitter-bright in this imaginative short satire of Man's sell-out by a group of staunch believers in the infallibility of numbers. The Computer could do no wrong. Then it was asked a simple little...

Breakaway

by Stanley Gimble

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

Death of a B.E.M.

by Livingston Berkeley

The writer hated to create bug-eyed monsters, but they hated him too!

Champ of the Forecastle

The Chestermarke Instinct

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Excerpt: "Every Monday morning, when the clock of the old parish church in Scarnham Market-Place struck eight, Wallington Neale asked himself why on earth he had chosen to be a bank clerk. On all the other mornings...

It Could Be Anything

by John Keith Laumer

Keith Laumer, well-known for his tales of adventure and action, shows us a different side of his talent in this original, exciting and thought-provoking exploration of the meaning of meaning.

Post Haste

by Robert Michael Ballantyne

This tale is founded chiefly on facts furnished by the Postmaster-General's Annual Reports, and gathered, during personal intercourse and investigation, at the General Post-Office of London and its Branches....

No Pets Allowed

by Monette A. Cummings

He didn't know how he could have stood the four months there alone. She was company and one could talk to her ...

Mothers and Other Monsters

by Maureen F. McHugh

A debut collection and finalist for the Story Prize. Maureen F. McHugh is an expert craftswoman who brings her clear-eyed vision (and empathy) to the relationships at the heart of our lives. Her stories are...

Master of the Moondog

by Stanley Mullen

Idiotic pets rate idiotic masters. Tod Denver and Charley, the moondog, made ideal companions as they set a zigzag course for the Martian diggings—paradise for fools.