50 Short Science Fiction Tales

Tales of three hundred to 3,000 phrases from Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Kornbluth, Leiber, Sturgeon, et al. that have been chosen to shock, surprise, and enjoyment.

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Hours later, the scout send landed close to the dome. The lock opened and, from the place I stood within the open door of our dome, I observed Monroe pop out and stroll towards me. I alerted Tom and informed him to hear conscientiously. “It could be a trick—he can be drugged… . ” He didn’t act drugged, though—not precisely. He driven his well past me and sat down on a field to at least one part of the dome. He placed his booted ft up on one other, smaller field. “How are you, Ben? ” he requested. “How’s every thing? ” I grunted. “Well? ” i do know my voice skittered a piece. He pretended puzzlement. “Well what? Oh, I see what you suggest. the opposite dome—you need to know who’s in it. you might have a correct to be curious, Ben. definitely. The chief of a top-secret day trip like this—Project Hush they name us, huh, Ben—finds one other dome at the Moon. He thinks he’s been the 1st to land on it, so certainly he desires to—” “Major Monroe Gridley! ” I rapped out. “You will come to realization and bring your record. Now! ” truthfully, I felt my neck swelling up within my helmet. Monroe simply leaned again opposed to the part of the dome. “That’s the military method of doing things,” he commented admiringly. “Like the recruits say, there’s a correct means, a opposite direction and a military method. in basic terms there are alternative routes, too. ” He chuckled. “Lots of different methods. ” “He’s off,” I heard Tom whisper over the phone. “Ben, Monroe has long past and blown his stack. ” “They aren’t extraterrestrials within the different dome, Ben,” Monroe volunteered in a unexpected burst of sanity. “No, they’re human, okay, and from Earth. bet the place. ” “I’ll kill you,” I warned him. “I swear I’ll kill you, Monroe. the place are they from—Russia, China, Argentina? ” He grimaced. “What’s so mystery approximately these areas? cross on! —guess back. ” I stared at him hard and long. “The in simple terms position else—” “Sure,” he stated. “You obtained it, Colonel. the opposite dome is owned and operated by means of the military. The goddam usa military! ” A. E. Van Vogt“> the nice pass judgement on A. E. Van Vogt “Judgment,” acknowledged the rad, “in the case of Douglas Aird, attempted for treason on August second, last—” With a trembling move of his arms, Aird grew to become the amount keep watch over larger. the subsequent phrases blared at him: “—That Douglas Aird do quit himself one week from today, that's, on September 17, 2460 A. D. to his local patrol station, that he then be taken to the closest converter, there to be placed to death—” click on! He had no wakeful reminiscence of shutting off the rad. One rapid the sound roared via his residence, the following there has been useless silence. Aird sank again in his chair and stared with in poor health eyes in the course of the obvious partitions out upon the shining roofs of The Judge’s urban. most of these weeks he had identified there has been no likelihood. The clinical achievements that, he had attempted to inform himself, could weigh the stability in his favor—even as he assessed their price to the race, he had learned that the good pass judgement on wouldn't think about them from an analogous perspective as himself. He had made the deadly errors of suggesting within the presence of “friends” mere guy like Douglas Aird may govern in addition to the immortal nice pass judgement on, and that during truth it would be a good suggestion if somebody much less distant from the desires of the mass of the folks have an opportunity to promulgate decrees.

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