The uncollected stories
1. From the Dust Returned, 1994
2. Love Contest, 1952
3. They Knew What They Wanted, 1954
4. Lazarus Come Forth, 1944
5. Referent, 1948
6. Doodad, 1943
There was a crowd pressed together in front of the shop.
Crowell light-footed it into that crowd, his face long and sad. He cast a glance back over one lean shoulder, muttered to himself, and widened a lane through the people, quick.
A hundred yards behind him a low shining black beetle car hummed to the kerb. A door clicked open, and the fat man with the grey-white face climbed heavily out, his expression one of silent, dead-pan hatred. Two bodyguards sat in the front seat.
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4. Marvels and Miracles, Pass It On, 1950
5. Perchance to Dream (Asleep in Armageddon), 1948
You don't want death and you don't expect death. Something goes wrong, your rocket tilts in space, a planetoid jumps up, blackness, movement, hands over the eyes, a violent pulling back of available powers in the forejets, the crash.
The darkness. In the darkness, the senseless pain. In the pain, the nightmare.
He was not unconscious.
Your name? asked hidden voices. Sale, he replied in whirling nausea. Leonard Sale. Occupation? cried the voices. Space man! he cried, alone in the night. Welcome, said the voices. Welcome, welcome. They faded.
5. The Hour of Ghosts, 1969
6. Pendulum (co-authored with Henry Hasse), 1941
Prisoner of Time was he,
"I THINK,"; shrilled Erjas, "that this is our most intriguing discovery on any of the worlds we have yet visited!";
His wide, green-shimmering wings fluttered, his beady bird eyes flashed excitement. His several companions bobbed their heads in agreement, the greenish-gold down on their slender necks ruffling softly. They were perched on what had once been amoving sidewalk but was now only a twisted ribbon of wreckage overlooking the vast expanse of a ruined city.
6. Final victim, 1946