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Spies Die Hard! –by: Arnold Marmor

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Earth's espionage ring was a headache, so the Martian Security Chief offered ten thousand credits for a key agent. But even for a price


By Arnold Marmor

"This man is a spy for Earth," a voice droned, as the telecaster vibrated and a photo of Harry Horn flashed on the screen. "Ten thousand credits for this man, dead or alive. Contact Lazar of the Security Police. Harry Horn. Thirty four, five feet, eleven inches, one hundred and seventy two pounds."

Lynn Brickel snapped off the humming machine. She frowned. Horn had been high in the...

A Mountain Woman

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By Elia Wilkinson Peattie


My best Friend, and kindest Critic,

My Husband.

Transcriber's Note: I have omitted signature designations and have closed abbreviations, e.g., "do n't" becoming "don't," etc. In addition, I have made the following changes to the text:

PAGE LINE ORIGINAL CHANGED TO 38 19 seem to seemed to 47 9 beafsteak beefsteak 56 4 divertisement divertissement 91 19 divertisement divertissement 1...

New Apples in the Garden

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction July 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.



Some problems are perfectly predictable yet not in the sense that allows a preprogrammed machine to handle them


The Troubadour –by: Robert W. Lowndes

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The Troubadour

By Peter Michael Sherman

There was something odd about the guest attraction, Mr. Fayliss, and something odder still about his songs.

So far as parties go, Jocelyn's were no duller than any others. I went to this one mainly to listen to Paul Kutrov and Frank Alva bait each other, which is usually more entertaining than most double features. Kutrov adheres to the "onward and upward" school of linear progress, while Alva is more or less of a Spenglerian. More when he goes along by himself; less when you try ...

The Alternate Plan –by: Gerry Maddren

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The operation was a very serious one and Bart Neely was willing to put himself into Dr. Morton's hands. But if things turned out badly, Bart was going to teach them a lesson. He was going to refuse to die.

Bart Neely was fighting the hypo. They'd slipped that over on him. Now he had to struggle to keep his brain ready for plan B. The alternate plan. He nodded feebly at his reflection in the mirror over the white enamel dresser. This throat trouble wasn't going to lick him. He lay back on the cool white pillow. Medical m...

Over The Plum Pudding –by: John Kendrick Bangs

Great Caesar’s ghost and shades of A Christmas Carol! Stories – some ghostly, some Christmas, some humorous, some all three -- twelve of them by a master story teller and humorist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Over the Plum Pudding

by John Kendrick Bangs

Author of "A House Boat on the Styx" "Coffee and Repartee" "The Idiot at Home" "The Idiot"



New York and London Harper & Brothers Publishers 1901


Small World

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What will happen when the alien ships strike Earth? And later? Who will survive? What will life be like in that latter day jungle? William F. Nolan, well known in SF circles on the West Coast, returns with this grim story of the days and the nights of Lewis Stillman survivor ...

small world


He was running, running down the long tunnels, the shadows hunting him, claws clutching at him, nearer ...

In the waiting windless dark, Lewis Stillman pressed into the building front shadows along Wilshire Boulevard. Breat...

Cully –by: Jack Egan

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By all the laws of nature, he should have been dead. But if he were alive ... then there was something he had to find.



Illustrated by SCHELLING

Above him eighty feet of torpid, black water hung like a shroud of Death, and still he heard his ragged breathing. And something else. Cully concentrated on that sound, and the rhythmic pulsing of his heart. Somehow he had to retain a hold on his sanity ... or his soul.

After an hour of careful breathing and exploring of body sensations, Cully realized he could move. He flexe...

Seven Men –by: Max Beerbohm

In order to liven up the literary history of Great Britain in the 1890s (as if Oscar Wilde, Stevenson, Kipling, Hardy, etc., were not lively enough) Max Beerbohm wrote short biographies of six imaginary writers. Though their works of course no longer exist, he leaves the impression that the literary world is really none the poorer. It is, of course, the six men themselves (Beerbohm himself is the seventh man of the title) who are worth our attention. ( Nicholas Clifford)

Note that the Gutenberg edition of Seven Men is incomplete, but the missing sections may be found separately James ...

A Filbert Is a Nut

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Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Astounding Science Fiction November 1959. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.



That the gentleman in question was a nut was beyond question. He was an institutionalized psychotic. He was nutty enough to think he could make an atom bomb out of modeling clay!

Illustrated by Freas

Miss Abercrombie, the manual therapist patted the old man on the shoulder. "You're doing just fine,...

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