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Zero Hour

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ZERO HOUR

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...

Tales of the Fish Patrol –by: Jack London

Wildest among the fisher-folk may be accounted the Chinese shrimp-catchers. It is the habit of the shrimp to crawl along the bottom in vast armies till it reaches fresh water, when it turns about and crawls back again to the salt. And where the tide ebbs and flows, the Chinese sink great bag-nets to the bottom, with gaping mouths, into which the shrimp crawls and from which it is transferred to the boiling-pot. This in itself would not be bad, were it not for the small mesh of the nets, so small that the tiniest fishes, little new-hatched things not a quarter of an inch long, cannot pass throu...

Wind

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WIND

By CHARLES L. 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 Dutchman on Venus.

Jan Willem van Artevelde claimed descent from William of Orange. He had no genealogy to prove it, but on Venus there was no one who could disprove it, either.

Jan Willem van Arteve...

I ll Kill You Tomorrow –by: Helen Huber

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[Illustration]

The entities were utterly, ambitiously evil; their line of defense, apparently, was absolutely impregnable.

I'll Kill You Tomorrow

By Helen Huber

Illustrated by Kelly Freas

It was not a sinister silence. No silence is sinister until it acquires a background of understandable menace. Here there was only the night quiet of Maternity, the silence of noiseless rubber heels on the hospital corridor floor, the faint brush of starched white skirts brushing through doorways into darkened and semi darkened rooms.

But there was somethi...

There Will Be School Tomorrow –by: V. E. Thiessen

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You will possibly shudder, but you will certainly remember for a long time, this story of what happens when Tomorrow's gently implacable teachers are faced with a problem for which there seems to be only one solution....

there will be school tomorrow

by ... V. E. Thiessen

There is a quiet horror to this story from Tomorrow....

Evening had begun to fall. In the cities the clamor softened along the streets, and the women made small, comfortable, rattling noises in the kitchens. Out in the country the cicadas started th...

The Dead Are Silent 1907

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THE DEAD ARE SILENT

By Arthur Schnitzler

Copyright, 1907, by Courtland H. Young

HE could endure the quiet waiting in the carriage no longer; it was easier to get out and walk up and down. It was now dark; the few scattered lamps in the narrow side street quivered uneasily in the wind. The rain had stopped, the sidewalks were almost dry, but the rough paved roadway was still moist, and little pools gleamed here and there.

"Strange, isn't it?" thought Franz. "Here we are scarcely a hundred paces from the Prater, and yet it might be a street in some little count...

No Moving Parts

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NO MOVING PARTS

By MURRAY F. YACO

ILLUSTRATED by GRAYAM

[Illustration: We call them trouble shooters. They called 'em Gypsies. Either way, they were hep to that whole bit about....]

Hansen was sitting at the control board in the single building on Communications Relay Station 43.4SC, when the emergency light flashed on for the first time in two hundred years.

With textbook recommended swiftness, he located the position of the ship sending the call, identified the ship an...

Good Stories for Holidays –by: Frances Jenkins Olcott

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GOOD STORIES FOR GREAT HOLIDAYS

ARRANGED FOR STORY TELLING AND READING ALOUD

AND FOR THE CHILDREN'S OWN READING

By Frances Jenkins Olcott

Index according to reading level is appended.

TO THE STORY TELLER

This volume, though intended also for the children's own reading and for reading aloud, is especially planned for story telling. The latter is a delightful way of arousing a gladsome holiday spirit, and of showing the inner meanings of different holidays. As stories used for this purpose are scattered through many volumes, and as they are not a...

The Issahar Artifacts

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THE ISSAHAR ARTIFACTS

By J. F. BONE

Lincoln said it eons ago.... It took a speck of one celled plant life on a world parsecs away to prove it for all the galaxy.

The following manuscript was discovered during the excavation of a lateral connecting link between the North South streamways in Narhil Province near Issahar on Kwashior. The excavator, while passing through a small valley about 20 yursts south of the city, was jammed by a mass of oxidized and partially oxidized metallic fragments. On most worlds this would not be unusual, ...

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