Category Archives: Space Travel

A Transmutation of Muddles by Horace Brown Fyfe

A judge is sent to a distant planet to mediate between a spaceship captain and an insurance adjuster. The natives have seized the captain’s spaceship as a gift from the great god Meeg and are turning it into a temple … Continue reading

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Accidental Death by Peter Baily

The only survivor of the first starship journey was lucky. Well, maybe. There is a reference in this story to a program on paper tape. I dedicate this reading to those of you who recall loading short programs via the … Continue reading

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Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick

An alien pig may be tasty but therein lies a novel form of survival and invasion.The text for this story may be found at www.gutenberg.org.

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Solomon’s Orbit by William Carroll

A Russian spy satellite is creamed by a vintage car hulk shot into space from a wrecking yard in Fullerton, CA.

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The Altar At Midnight by C. M. Kornbluth

Two men in a bar. One is a spacer with a face full of red lines from compression and decompression. The other is a man known as Doc. It turns out he is responsible for space travel.

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The Burning Bridge by Poul Anderson

In this 1960 story by Poul Anderson, government is not to be trusted. A group who believe in openness and transparency has elected to leave and are aboard a fleet of 15 vessels on a 40 year voyage to the … Continue reading

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The Hated by Frederick Pohl

The crew from a trip to Mars has only one desire. After 18 months in tight quarters they want to kill each other in as slow and grisly a way as possible.

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The Nothing Equation by Tom Godman

This story was first published in Amazing stories in 1957. The text is available at www.gutenberg.org. A man is posted as an observer in a scientific bubble 10,000 light years outside our galaxy. Nothing bothers him. There is quite a … Continue reading

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The Stoker and the Stars by John A. Sentry

Earth has been defeated by more powerful forces. Of those who fought, few returned. A man who did return seeks a job on a starship going to Alpha Centaurus.The position open is that of stoker, the lowest position there is. … Continue reading

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Toy Shop by Maxwell Dempsey

Toy Shop by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (aka Harry Harrison) A rocket sold by a pitchman in a toy department is destined to have a profound impact on the space program.

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