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The Midas Plague:
By F. Pohl / 1951
Your duty is to consume by the quota. If you are a good
citizen, you get a promotion. And have to consume less.
Robots turn out the goods and man has to consume. Is
there a way out of this vicous circle? You bet. (Also
The Mammoth book of Vintage Science-Fiction Short Stories
of the 1950s)
By C. D. Simak / 1949
Man finds the remnants of another race who have build
a giant computing mashine and then deserted it. Probably
they haven't found out what they were after ...
By A. Budrys / 1955
A story about antiquated rules and how they must change
with changing society. An old executioner, strongly
believing in the old rules, finds his way to fight them,
without breaking them.
By W. Tenn / 1951
They discover the "normal man" and make him
their leader. Which leads to a society stuck in "normality".
So normal and so undeveloping, that they don't realise,
that there is another race developing right amongst
them. And this one takes over eventually ...
The Homing Instinct Of Joe Vargo:
By S. Barr / 1959
Chronos seemed useful to man because of it's minerals.
But a life form is so virulent, it kills all of the
expedition but one Joe Vargo. Only he makes it back,
standing on a deserted island ...
By J. Berryman / 1939
A spaceship crew has to take urgent cargo to a moon
base where an accident happened. They have to fly through
a meteroite storm ... they make it, but the milk get's
By H. C. Elliott / 1954
A great story about the theory, that objects actually
are determined to get in your way. Remember when you
spilled your drink and swore you didn't touch it? When
ever you carry a tv-set around, the mains cable gets
under your feet? etc etc etc
Pilgrimage To Earth:
By R. Sheckley / 1956
A decendant of human colonists on a far away planet
finds out about earth and its treasures, one of them
being love. So he travels to earth to find that romantic
thing. He does indeed find it, but it's made. Human
made and artificial. And it's for sale.
By K. MacLean / 1952
Two astronauts and a missionary on an alien planet.
They hear about a terrible rite taking place during
the time of rain and plan to help at least their alien
friend. And they discover a long lost biological thruth
about the inhabitants of this planet ...
By His Bootstraps:
By R. A. Heinlein / 1949
Time travel and its absurd ways. Especially if there
is only one time traveller involved. Just noticed, that
the story doesn't give a single clue where it all started