THE VARIATION OF
ANIMALS AND PLANTS
CHARLES DARWIN, M.A., F.R.S., ETC.
IN TWO VOLUMES
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
During the seven years which have elapsed since the publication in 1868 of the first edition of this Work, I have continued to attend to the same subjects, as far as lay in my power; and I have thus accumulated a large body of additional facts, chiefly through the kindness of many correspondents. Of these facts I have been able here to use only those which seemed to me the more important. I have omitted ...
by Alexander Blade
By accident Bobby discovered the rocket was about to be shot to the Moon. Naturally he wanted to go along. But could he smuggle himself aboard?
Illustrated by Lloyd Rognan
Dad had already gone when Bobby got up. This disappointed Bobby a little but then he remembered this was the big day . Naturally Dad would get over to the project early. And at four o'clock Bobby shivered deliciously at the thought of it.
He ate his breakfast in silence with...
There was a boy and a girl and a strange new planet; the planet was alive with hideous dangers. But the boy and girl were very young and all Robin wanted to know was: "Who stole my doll?"
A WORLD CALLED CRIMSON
By DARIUS JOHN GRANGER
When the starship Star of Fire collided with a meteor swarm six parsecs stellar north of the galactic hub in the year A.D. 2278, it lost its atmosphere within forty five minutes. At first it was thought that every man, woman and child of the four thousand, one hundred and sixty six abo...
THE CIRCUIT RIDERS
On the Board, they were just little lights that glowed. But out there in the night of the city jungle, they represented human passions virulent emotions and deadly crimes to be ...
by R. C. FitzPatrick
Illustrated by Schoenherr
He was an old man and very drunk. Very drunk or very sick. It was the middle of the day and the day was hot, but the old man had on a suit, and a sweater under the suit. He stopped walking and stood still, swaying gently on widespread legs, and tried to focus his eyes. He lived...
This etext was produced from A Martian Odyssey and Others
published in 1949. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence
that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. Minor
spelling and typographical errors have been corrected without note.
"This," said the Franciscan, "is my Automaton, who at the proper time
will speak, answer whatsoever question I may ask, and reveal all secret
knowledge to me." He smiled as he laid his hand affectionately on the
iron skull that topped the pedesta...
The barn turned out to be a spaceship in disguise, and
that was only the beginning. Before his strange adventure
ended, young Paul Asher found himself going around in
circles very peculiar circles indeed!
By Richard Wilson
Illustrated by Paul Orban
Paul Asher, 27, men's furnishings buyer, leaned back and let the cloth
band be fastened across his chest, just under his armpits. He adjusted
his heavy spectacles, closed his eyes for a moment, breathed deeply, and
The semi darkness was disp...
This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction October 1961.
Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright
on this publication was renewed.
PLAYED TO LOSE
By LARRY M. HARRIS
Sometimes the very best thing you can do is to lose. The
cholera germ, for instance, asks nothing better than that it
THE MEASURE OF A MAN
Illustrated by Martinez
What is desirable is not always necessary, while that which is
necessary may be most undesirable. Perhaps the measure of a man is
the ability to tell one from the other ... and act on it.
Alfred Pendray pushed himself along the corridor of the battleship
Shane , holding the flashlight in one hand and using the other hand and
his good leg to guide and propel himself by. The beam of the torch
reflected queerly from the pastel green walls of the corridor, givin...
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.
Illustrated by Douglas
Hungrily, the cradled vessel's great steel nose pointed up to the
distant stars. She was the Cosmos XII , newest and sleekest of the
Space Service's rapidly expanding wing of interstellar scout ships, and
she was now ready for operational work.
Major Lance Cooper, a big man with space tanne...
BY SAM AND
A great politician need not
be a statesman ... but it
is inherently futile to be
a great statesman, and no
politician. Except, of
course, for a miracle ...
The tumult in Convention Hall was a hurricane of sound that lashed at a
sea of human beings that surged and...