(Introduction by Frederik Pohl)
The Rocket of 1955
The Words of Guru
The Only Thing We Learn
The Little Black Bag
The Luckiest Man in Denv
The Silly Season
The Advent on Channel Twelve
The Marching Morons
The Last Man Left in the Bar
With These Hands
Friend to Man
"The Little Black Bag" - a medical bag from the future is mis-used.
"The Silly Season" - Williams, a reporter desperate for any kind of news to fill in the slack of the hot part of August, decides that report of "shining domes" appearing in Arkansas was just the ticket. They are reportedly seen in 12 states, and were the top news until the World Series finally killed the story. The new services just stopped running stories every time a hysterical woman thought she saw a dome. The following year, big black spheres were seen rolling across the countyside in Kansas. That sensation fizzled quickly. The next year a series of perfectly circular pits opened up and swallowed a lecturing professor before disappearing. These strange events seemed to match a pattern, but What? and Why?
"The Mindworm" - The Mindworm was hungry Wednesday night and as a result 8 people died. He moved from town to town searching for new prey - until he chose a victim that was more than his match.
"Shark Ship" - a cautionary tale about overpopulation and pollution.
"Two Dooms" - a chiller about a nuclear scientist who ends up in world where the Nazis and Japanese had won World War 2, dividing the US between them.
The stories originally appeared in Stirring Science Stories, Startling Stories, Space SF, Astounding, Galaxy, Magazine of F&SF, New Worlds, Infinity, Worlds Beyond, Vanguard, 10 Story Fantasy, Venture, Star Science Fiction - from 1941 through 1958. Kornbluth was a master short story writer whose stories are still readable today - SF suffered a major loss when he died in 1958. I recommend this as in introduction to Kornbluth - I feel that all of his stories are worth having (with the massive NESFA Press retrospective being the best volume to have.) But this set shoud do very nicely to show that Kornbluth was a major SF writer.