This is a collection of five fantastic and short science fiction stories by Lester del Rey. The stories include: (1) Dead Ringer (There was nothing, especially on Earth, which could set him free—the truth least of all!), (2) No Strings Attached (Poor Henry was an unhappy husband whose wife had a habit of using bad clichès. Alféar was a genii who was, quite like most humans, a creature of habit. Their murder compact was absolutely perfect, with— ), (3) Pursuit, (4) Let’em Breathe Space (Eighteen men and two women in the closed world of a space ship for five months can only spell tension and trouble—but in this case, the atmosphere was literally poisoned), and (5) Victory (It seemed Earth was a rich, and undefended planet in a warring, hating galaxy. Things can be deceptive though; children playing can be quite rough—but that ain't war, friend!). It is a pleasure to publish this new, high quality, and affordable edition of these timeless stories.