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A Matter of Proportion

by Anne Walker

In order to make a man stop, you must convince him that it's impossible to go on. Some people, though, just can't be convinced.

Question of Comfort

by Les Collins

The Gravity Gang was a group of geniuses--devoting its brilliance to creating a realistic Solar System for Disneyland. That was the story, anyway. No one would have believed all that stuff about cops and robbers...

Unborn Tomorrow

by Mack Reynolds

Unfortunately, there was only one thing he could bring back from the wonderful future... and though he didn't want to... nevertheless he did....

Missing Link

by Frank Herbert

"Missing Link" is vintage Frank Herbert. It tells the story of Lewis Orne, junior I-A field man, on the planet Gienah III. He is there to investigate a missing ship, and the natives are nothing but trouble...

Dead Giveaway

by Randall Garrett

Logic's a wonderful thing; by logical analysis, one can determine the necessary reason for the existence of a dead city of a very high order on an utterly useless planet. Obviously a shipping transfer point!...

Crossroads of Destiny

by Henry Beam Piper

No wonder he'd been so interested in the talk of whether our people accepted these theories!

That Sweet Little Old Lady

by Randall Garrett

Usually, the toughest part of the job is stating the problem clearly, and the solution is then easy. This time the FBI could state the problem easily; solving it, though was not. How do you catch a telepathic...

The Jupiter Weapon

by Charles Louis Fontenay

He was a living weapon of destruction—immeasurably powerful, utterly invulnerable. There was only one question: Was he human?

On Handling the Data

by M.I. Mayfield

Sometimes a story is best told by omission!

The Destroyers

by Randall Garrett

Any war is made up of a horde of personal tragedies--but the greater picture is the tragedy of the death of a way of life. For a way of life--good, bad, or indifferent--exists because it is dearly loved....

Minor Detail

by John Michael Sharkey

General Webb had a simply magnificent idea for getting ground forces into the enemy's territory despite rockets and missiles and things like that. It was a grand scheme, except for one minor detail.

Jubilation, U.S.A.

by G.L. Vandenburg

You've heard, I'm sure, about the two Martians who went into a bar, saw a jukebox flashing and glittering, and said to it, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a joint like this?" Well, here's one about two...

Charley de Milo

by Laurence Mark Janifer

It isn't at all obvious--at first thought--that having two perfectly good, usable arms could be a real handicap to a man....

Pastoral Affair

by Charles A. Stearns

No wonder Stefanik meant to fight to the last—he wasn't going to turn his kids over to an old goat like Glinka!

Star Mother

by Robert Franklin Young

A touching story of the most enduring love in all eternity.

Insidekick

by Jesse Franklin Bone

Johnson had two secrets—one he knew and would die rather than reveal—and one he didn't know that meant to save him over his own dead body!

History Repeats

by George Oliver Smith

There are--and very probably will always be--some Terrestrials who can't, and for that matter don't want, to call their souls their own....

Forever

by Robert Sheckley

Of all the irksome, frustrating, maddening discoveries—was there no way of keeping it discovered?

But, I Don't Think

by Randall Garrett

As every thinking man knows, every slave always yearns for the freedom his master denies him...

Wind

by Charles Louis Fontenay

When you have an engine with no fuel, and fuel without an engine, and a life-and-death deadline to meet, you have a problem indeed. Unless you are a stubborn Dutchman--and Jan Van Artevelde was the stubbornest...