by A. E. Van Vogt. Originally Published in Astounding, July 1939. Hell breaks loose when the crew of the exploratory Space Beagle takes an alien life form aboard in the name of science! On and on Coeurl prowled! The black, moonless, almost-starless night yielded reluctantly before a grim reddish dawn that crept up from his left. A vague, dull light it was, that gave no sense of approaching warmth, no comfort, nothing but a cold, diffuse lightness, slowly revealing a nightmare landscape. Black, jagged rock and black, unliving plain took form around him, as a pale-red sun peered at last above Continue reading