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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...?

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...

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 Beginning

by Henry Hasse

Relentlessly, a narrative as old as time drives forward to a climax as old as man—and points a finger as grim as Death.

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...

Lion Loose

by James Henry Schmitz

The most dangerous of animals is not the biggest and fiercest—but the one that's hardest to stop. Add intelligence to that ... and you may come to a wrong conclusion as to what the worst menace is....

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.

Fifty Per Cent Prophet

by Randall Garrett

That he was a phony Swami was beyond doubt. That he was a genuine prophet, though, seemed ... but then, what's the difference between a dictator and a true prophet? So was he....

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...

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...

Ultima Thule

The Mightiest Man

by Patrick Fahy

He had betrayed mankind, but he was not afraid of the consequences--ever!

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.

Gone Fishing

by James Henry Schmitz

There is no predictable correlation between intelligence and ethics, nor is ruthlessness necessarily an evil thing. And there is nothing like enforced, uninterrupted contemplation to learn to distinguish one...

Freedom

by Mack Reynolds

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

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....

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!

Flamedown

by Horace Brown Fyfe

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

A Spaceship Named McGuire

by Randall Garrett

The basic trouble with McGuire was that, though "he" was a robot spaceship, nevertheless "he" had a definite weakness that a man might understand....