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Dust-jacket from the first edition
|Genre||Science fiction short stories|
|Publisher||Doubleday & Company|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
- A science fiction story in which three men anxiously watch their fellow-scientist as he is encased in a mysterious green chrysalis. They eventually come to believe he is undergoing metamorphosis inside the chrysalis.
- "Pillar of Fire"
- A science fiction/horror short novel. Set in the year 2349, it depicts a Utopian society in which all corpses are incinerated for hygienic reasons. All horror literature has also been burned to produce a healthier mindset. When his grave is disturbed, a man who died four centuries earlier rises from his tomb to infiltrate the utopia and launch a vendetta to restore fear.
- "Zero Hour"
- A science fiction story, involving a world-wide befriending of children by sinister aliens.
- "The Man"
- A rocket ship lands on an isolated planet, expecting an astounded welcome. However, they find they have been preceded by a much more important visitor.
- "Time in Thy Flight"
- A science fiction story. A high-school teacher takes three children on a field-trip in a time machine.
- "The Pedestrian"
- A science fiction story about a society addicted to television.
- "Hail and Farewell"
- A fantasy story concerning a middle-aged man who never physically aged past his pre-adolescence.
- "Invisible Boy"
- A comical story about an old woman who convinces a boy she has turned him invisible.
- "Come into My Cellar"
- A science fiction story about mushrooms and alien invasions.
- "The Million-Year Picnic"
- A science fiction story in which a family travels to an unsullied Mars to escape a ravaged Earth. Previously adapted as the final chapter of The Martian Chronicles (1950).
- "The Screaming Woman"
- A mystery/suspense story, describing a young girl who tries to procure help in digging up a woman buried in an empty lot.
- "The Smile"
- A science fiction story describing a world devastated by nuclear war, whose inhabitants systematically destroy artifacts of the past. The story touches on one boy who is enchanted by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
- "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed"
- An atomic war on Earth drives a family to flee to a human colony Mars.
- "The Trolley"
- An idyllic story about the last trolley-ride in a small town.
- "The Flying Machine"
- A story set in ancient China, whose Emperor discovers a peasant has invented a flying-machine.
- "Icarus Montgolfier Wright"
- A story concerning the first man to fly a rocket ship.
- Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 63. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.