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What Rough Beast?

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The last of the shouting had died. As Ward went out the gate of the Quad, he felt his heart lift a little the way it always did when he started for home. Out here, miles from the city, the air was clean and the Sun was bright on the hills.

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Micro-Man

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A car was before me, just leaving. Its polished surface had not reflected through the haze, and the new design made so little noise that I hadn't seen it. I jumped for it, my mind in such a turmoil that the conductor had to ask three times for my fare.

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The Man Who Played to Lose

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The President himself was waiting, as close to the pits as he could get. He was a chubby, red-faced little man, and he beamed at me as if he were Santa Claus. "Mr. Carboy," he said in a voice that needed roughage badly.

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The Goat and Her Kid

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The grass plot at the back of the cottage was a very bright green, and sparkled with the morning dews. It was kept smooth, and level, and short, by the garden-roller going over it once a week, and still more by the constant nibbling.

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Irresistible Weapon

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The scientist was under no illusion as to the vagueness of the title "Chairman." He was facing the absolute power of the Centaurian planets--which, in a few months' time, would be the same as saying the ruler of all the human race in both systems.

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O'Leary's Dream of Empire

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The morrow was a tense day in the Parliament of the empire of the South. The two greatest issues that ever backed man's eloquence with conviction were combining their forces against established institutions.

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Lost in Translation

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Lost in Translation is written by Larry M. Harris. The cell had been put together more efficiently than any Korvin had ever been in. But that was only natural, he told himself sadly; the Tr'en were an efficient people. All the preliminary reports had agreed on that; their efficiency.

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The Carnivore

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The Carnivore is written by G. A. Morris. The world is dead.... George is dead, that thin, pathetic creature with the bones showing through his skin that he was when we sat still at the last with our hands touching, thinking there were people outside who had forgotten us.

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Charlie Snyder

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The months of uncertainty were over for the curious assemblage of diplomats, tourists, bankers, correspondents, soldiers of all nations, and Chinese refugees that packed the fortified Legation Quarter--the months.

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The Atheist's Mass

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The life of this man, great as he was, was marred by many meannesses, to use the expression employed by his enemies, who were anxious to diminish his glory, but which it would be more proper to call apparent contradictions. Envious people and fools, having no knowledge of the determinations by which superior spirits are moved.

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