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NOTE: This edition has a linked Table of Contents and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, iPad e-book reader, iPhone e-book reader, BlackBerry e-book reader, Android e-book reader, iPodMoreNOTE: This edition has a linked Table of Contents and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, iPad e-book reader, iPhone e-book reader, BlackBerry e-book reader, Android e-book reader, iPod e-book reader and your Amazon Desktop Reader.A charming collection of 13 pulp stories written by acclaimed author, Randall Garrett.Obviously, an anthology of this nature will not please everybody perfectly because there is a wide variety of themes and stylistic approaches represented in this book. Nevertheless, this is an excellent collection of stories from a wide variety of different themes, styles, viewpoints, subjects, tones and genres.Included in this collection:Story One: ...After a Few Words - This is a science-fiction story. History is a science- the other part is, as all Americans know, the most fictional field we have today. a short story with some surprise humor thrown in.Story Two: Belly Laugh - Well, it seems that Ivar Jorgensen has hit on the ultimate engine of destruction: a weapon designed to exploit mans greatest weakness. The blueprint can be found in the next few pages...Story Three: By Proxy - Its been said that the act of creation is a solitary thing--that teams never create- only individuals. But sometimes a team may be needed to make creation effective...Story Four: Cum Grano Salis - Just because a man can do something others can’t does not, unfortunately, mean he knows how to do it. One man could eat the native fruit and live ... but how?Story Five: Damned If You Dont - Weve all heard of the wonderful invention that the Big Corporation or the Utilities suppressed...? Usually, that Wonderful Invention wont work, actually. But theres another possibility, too...Story Six: Dead Giveaway - Logics a wonderful thing- by logical analysis, one can determine the necessary reason for the existence of a dead city of a very high order on an utterly useless planet. Obviously a shipping transfer point! Necessarily...Story Seven: Fifty Per Cent Prophet - That he was a phony Swami was beyond doubt. That he was a genuine prophet, though, seemed ... but then, whats the difference between a dictator and a true prophet?Story Eight: Hail to the Chief - 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 ...Story Nine: The Asses of Balaam - The remarkable characteristic of Balaams creature was that it was more perceptive than its master. Sometimes a child is more perceptive—because more straightforward and logical—than an adult...Story Ten: The Bramble Bush - Usually, if a mans gotten into bad trouble by getting into something, hes a fool to go back.Story Eleven: The Destroyers - Any war is made up of a horde of personal tragedies--but the greater picture is the tragedy of the death of a way of life. For a way of life--good, bad, or indifferent--exists because it is dearly loved....Story Twelve: The Eyes Have It - In a sense, this is a story of here-and-now. This Earth, this year ... but on a history-line slipped slightly sidewise. A history in which a great man acted differently, and Magic, rather than physical science, was developed...Story Thirteen: The Foreign Hand Tie - Just because you can see something doesnt mean you understand it—and that can mean that even perfect telepathy isnt perfect communication...These are the original and unabridged versions of these sci-fi classics.A must-have for fans of classic science fiction!