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Hanging by a Thread

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction August 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

HANGING BY A THREAD

By DAVID GORDON

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....

Illustrated by Dougl...

Impact

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IMPACT

By IRVING E. COX, Jr.

Illustrated by GRAYAM

They were languorous, anarchic, shameless in their pleasures ... were they lower than man ... or higher?

Over the cabin 'phone, Ann's voice was crisp with anger. "Mr. Lord, I must see you at once."

"Of course, Ann." Lord tried not to sound uncordial. It was all part of a trade agent's job, to listen to the recommendations and complaints of the teacher. But an intervie...

…Or Your Money Back

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... OR YOUR MONEY BACK

BY DAVID GORDON

Illustrated by Summers

[Transcriber note: This etext was produced from Astounding Science Fiction, September 1959. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Illustration: There are lots of things that are considered perfectly acceptable ... provided they don't work. And of course everyone knows they really don't, which is why they're acceptable.... ]

There are times when I don't...

The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations –by: William Temple Hornaday

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[Illustration with caption: OVERPOWERING CURIOSITY OF A MOUNTAIN SHEEP This "lava ram" stood thus on a lava crest in the Pinacate Mountains for about twenty minutes, gazing spellbound at two men and a pack mule. (See page 149)]

THE MINDS AND MANNERS OF WILD ANIMALS

A BOOK OF PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS

BY WILLIAM T. HORNADAY, Sc.D., A.M. DIRECTOR OF THE NEW YORK ZOOLOGICAL PARK. AUTHOR OF "THE AMERICAN NATURAL HISTORY," "TWO YEARS IN THE JUNGLE," "CAMP FIRES IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES," "OUR VANISHING WILD LIFE," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

The wild animal m...

Song in a Minor Key

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Northwest Smith is one of the great adventurers of Science Fiction, one of that group of cool, gray eyed men who roam the spaceways and provide much of the inspiration for the legends that are a part of the folklore of space. Here is Northwest Smith, in a rare moment of peace, in a remarkable vignette, published here by permission of the author.

song in a minor key

by ... C. L. MOORE

He had been promising himself this moment for how many lonely months and years on alien worlds?

Beneath him the clovered hill slope ...

The Fourth R

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THE FOURTH "R"

By George O. Smith

Published by DELL PUBLISHING CO., INC. 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza New York, New York 10017

Copyright 1959, by George O. Smith All rights reserved. For information contact: Dell Publishing Co., Inc.

Printed in the United States of America.

First Dell printing April 1979

[Transcribers note: This is a rule 6 clearance. A copyright renewal has not been found.]

BOOK ONE:

FUTURE IMPROMPTU

CHAPTER ONE

James Quincy Holden was five years old.

His ...

The Great Dome on Mercury

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This etext was produced from Astounding Stories April 1932. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

[Illustration: " Once more! Will you give me the recognition signal?" ]

The Great Dome on Mercury

By Arthur L. Zagat

[Sidenote: Trapped in the great dome, Darl valiantly defends Earth's outpost against the bird ...

Dogfight

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DOGFIGHT 1973

By Mack Reynolds

Flying at 1600 m.p.h. you act with split second timing after you sight the enemy. And you're allowed only one mistake your last!

My radar picked him up when he was about five hundred miles to my north northeast and about forty five miles above me. I switched the velocity calculator on him as fast as I could reach it.

The enemy ship was doing sixteen, possibly even sixteen and a half. I took the chance that it was most likely an Ivar Interceptor, at that speed, and punched out a temporary evasion pat...

John Jones s Dollar –by: Harry Stephen Keeler

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JOHN JONES'S DOLLAR

By HARRY STEPHEN KEELER

Take a board with 64 squares on it. Put a grain of wheat on the first square two on the second four on the third. Keep doubling in this manner and you will find there isn't enough wheat in the world to fill the sixty fourth square. It can be the same with compound interest.

On the 201st day of the year 3221 A.D., the professor of history at the University of Terra seated himself in front of the Visaphone and prepared to deliver the daily lecture to his class, the member...

The Mathematicians –by: Arthur Feldman

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THE MATHEMATICIANS

BY ARTHUR FELDMAN

We gave this story to a very competent, and very pretty gal artist. We said, "Read this carefully, dream on it, and come up with an illustration." A week later, she returned with the finished drawing. "The hero," she said. We did a double take. "Hey! That's not the hero." She looked us straight in the eye. "Can you prove it?" She had us. We couldn't, and she left hurriedly to go home and cook dinner for her family. And what were they having? Frog legs what else?

They were in the ...

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