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The First One

by Herbert D. Kastle

The first man to return from beyond the Great Frontier may be welcomed ... but will it be as a curiosity, rather than as a hero...?

Black Man's Burden

by Mack Reynolds

The turmoil in Africa is only beginning—and it must grow worse before it's better. Not until the people of Africa know they are Africans—not warring tribesmen—will there be peace....

The Highest Treason

by Randall Garrett

The highest treason of all is not so easy to define--and be it noted carefully that the true traitor in this case was not singular, but very plural...

The Helpful Hand of God

by Tom Godwin

The helpful hand of God ... can be very helpful indeed. But of course, it's long been known that God helps those who wisely help themselves...

Freedom

by Mack Reynolds

Freedom is a very dangerous thing indeed. It is so catching—like a plague—even the doctors get it.

Flamedown

by Horace Brown Fyfe

It was, of course, one Hell of an ending for a trip to Mars—

The Weakling

by Everett B. Cole

A strong man can, of course, be dangerous, but he doesn’t approach the vicious deadliness of a weakling--with a weapon!

Modus Vivendi

by Randall Garrett

It's undoubtedly difficult to live with someone who is Different. He must, because he is Different, live by other ways. But what makes it so difficult is that, for some reason he thinks you are Different!

Tinker's Dam

by Randall Garrett

There is something very fundamental indeed about the ancient showman's trick—divert their attention from the thing you're really doing ...

The Outbreak of Peace

by Horace Brown Fyfe

When properly conducted, a diplomatic mission can turn the most smashing of battle-successes into a fabulous Pyrrhic victory.

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 Memory of Mars

by Raymond Fisher Jones

"As soon as I'm well we'll go to Mars for a vacation again," Alice would say. But now she was dead, and the surgeons said she was not even human. In his misery, Hastings knew two things: he loved his wife; but...

Hanging by a Thread

by Randall Garrett

It's seldom that the fate of a shipful of men literally hangs by a thread—but it's also seldom that a device, every part of which has been thoroughly tested, won't work....

The Star Hyacinths

by James Henry Schmitz

On a bleak, distant unchartered world two ships lay wrecked and a lone man stared at a star hyacinth. Its brilliance burned into his retina ... and he knew that men could easily kill and kill for that one beauty...

The Plague

by Teddy Keller

Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague showed up.... One that attacked only people within the political borders of the United States!

Quiet, Please

by Kevin Scott

Groverzb knew what he wanted--peace and quiet. He was willing to scream his head off for it!

Card... Trick

by Randall Garrett

The Psi Lodge had their ways and means of applying pressure, when pressure was needed. But the peculiar talent this fellow showed was one that even they'd never heard of...!

Next Door, Next World

by Robert Donald Locke

Almost any phenomenon can be used--or act--for good or ill. Mutation usually brings ill--but it also brings greatness. Change can go any direction.

Revenge

by Arthur Porges

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but the fury of a biochemist scorned is just as great —and much more fiendish.

Dead World

by Jack Douglas

Out on the ice-buried planet, Commander Red Stone led his Free Companions to almost certain death. They died for a dangerous dream that had only one chance in a thousand trillion to come true. Is there a better...