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The Voivod: A Ghost Story

by Dominic Selwood

A homage to M R James. London, 1897. An elderly bibliophile receives a letter from the recently retired head of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. But the tale it relates of a book buying journey to Cracow soon...


Suffer the Children: A Ghost Story

by Dominic Selwood

A homage to M R James. It is 1904, and an Oxford don decides to spend the Christmas vacation conducting research in rural Norfolk. But in the library of the country house where he is staying, he finds the records...


Direct Wire

by Clee Garson

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


The Good Neighbors

by Edgar Pangborne

You can't blame an alien for a little inconvenience--as long as he makes up for it!


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; they suffered stoically through the "hard-sell" and the...


Before Egypt

by E. K. Jarvis

It was Mallison's strangest assignment. The weird little professor wanted to go to Egypt. That meant a trip back to Earth so far as Mallison was concerned. But the professor pointed to a distant star and Mallison...


The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories

by E. M. Forster

A traveler steps off the road and finds himself in an alternate reality. A sullen boy accidentally summons a spirit. A man gets more than he bargained for when he buys his fiancée a plot of wooded land.These...


The Machine Stops

by E. M. Forster

The Machine Stops is a short science fiction story. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives in isolation in a 'cell',...


Shock Absorber

by E. G. von Wald

A man acts on what he believes the facts are, not on the facts. He lives or dies by what the facts are. Now sometimes you don't have time to correct a man's beliefs, yet he must act correctly....


Fair and Warmer

by E. G. von Wald

Tensor's melancholia threatened to disturb the entire citizenry, and that was most uncivil! So-if these peculiar aliens caused him this distress, by provoking his intellectual curiosity, the remedy was for him...


They Also Serve

by Donald Westlake

Why should people hate vultures? After all, a vulture never kills anyone...


The Risk Profession

by Donald Westlake

The men who did dangerous work had a special kind of insurance policy. But when somebody wanted to collect on that policy, the claims investigator suddenly became a member of ... THE RISK PROFESSION


The Telenizer

by Don Thompson

Langston had technicolor delusions; inanimate objects came alive in his hands; THEY were persecuting him, out to get him ... what a relief it was to know he wasn't going insane!


High Dragon Bump

by Don Thompson

That was the way the aliens spoke: confused nonsense. If it took reduction or torch hair, the Cirissins wanted a bump. Hokum, thistle, gluck.


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.


Raiders Invisible

by Desmond Winter Hall

Alone and unaided, Pilot Travers copes with the invisible foes who have struck down America's great engine of war.


A Scientist Rises

by Desmond Winter Hall

The face of the giant was indeed that of a god....


Tight Squeeze

by Dean Ing

He knew the theory of repairing the gizmo all right. He had that nicely taped. But there was the little matter of threading a wire through a too-small hole while under zero-g, and working in a spacesuit!


The Prussian Officer

by D. H. Lawrence

The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher....


England, My England

by D. H. Lawrence

The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher....