“Mariana” by Fritz Leiber
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from Science Fact/Fiction, eds. Farrell, Gage, Pfordresher, Rodrigues
Scott, Foresman and Company, 1974
Originally published in Fantastic Science Fiction Stories, February 1960
Price I paid: $6.56
Invaders from Rigel by Fletcher Pratt
Airmont Publishing Co, 1964 (Original publication 1960)
Price I paid: 60¢
Astronomers had observed the comet for some time, and had predicted its course. It would collide with Earth. There was no hysteria; scientists were apparently convinced that the results wouldn’t be dangerous to life.
But Murray Lee woke up with a feeling overpowering stiffness in every muscle. He turned over in bed and felt his left elbow, which seemed to be aching particularly—and received the shock of his life. The motion was attended by a creaking clang, and his elbow felt like a complex wheel.
Why—he was metal all over!
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