And finally here's Science Fiction Tales, the remaining entry in a series of hardcover science fiction/horror anthology books for children published by Rand McNally in the 70s (I previously posted on Monster Tales, Horror Tales, Tales of Terror, Baleful Beasts and Eerie Creatures, and this book's direct follow-up, More Science Fiction Tales).
Edited by Roger Elwood and illustrated by Rod Ruth, here are seven stories by seven authors, with an introduction by Theodore Sturgeon.
THE SMALLEST DRAGONBOY (Anne McCaffrey)
In the first story, Keevan, a young boy on an alien world, participates in a coming-of-age ritual that revolves around the hatching of baby dragons. The alien world is Pern, and this tale turns out to be an early entry in McCaffrey's successfull Dragonriders of Pern franchise.
ALONE IN SPACE (Arthur Tofte)
A young boy left alone in a spaceship after the death of his father must outsmart space pirates looking for rare interplanetary gems. The boy cleverly uses a display case of geological samples to disguise his valuable payload.
THE MYSTERIOUS GEM (Claire Edwin Street)
Two kids cross paths with blue-skinned aliens after happening upon a teleportation device.
THE TRIPLE MOONS OF DENEB II (David H. Charney)
In this werewolf story transplanted to an alien world with three moons, the livestock of interplanetary colonists are being killed and eaten by some mysterious animal whenever the moon and the moon and the moon is full....
THE LAUGHING LION (Raymond F. Jones)
A boy accidentally time-travels back in time to a medieval castle on the eve of its mysterious destruction. A knight wearing the crest of a laughing lion helps protect him and his egg-shaped craft from superstitious villagers.
TWO YEARS TO GAEA (Rick Bowles)
The last young survivor of a spaceship in which the rest of the crew has been killed off one by one after succumbing to madness, encounters friendly plant-like aliens.
SOME ARE BORN CATS (Terry & Carol Carr)
This humorous story suggests your pet cat just might be an alien in disguise.
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