I am trying to figure out the title of an sci-fi short story anthology book that was geared towards young adult readers. It was in my junior high school library and I read it sometime between 1987 to 1990. I remember that the book was already well-read by the time I read it, so I would guess it was published in the 1970s or early 1980s.
I distinctly remember two of the short stories as follows:
One of the stories revolved around the concept of a time-traveling/teleportation tourism industry. (No, it's not Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder"; I have that story, along with many others in a Bradbury collection.) This particular short story had a technology that involved people materializing (seemingly) in thin air out of nowhere. For example, a scene in this story takes place in a stage theatre (might have been a Houdini magic show or some other Victorian-era stage performance) where the audience was astonished to see a set of moving human legs dangling from the ceiling. I think it was Victorian-era, based on the newspaper clipping detailing the strange happenstance the night before, and as I recall the newspaper didn't have photographs but had drawings instead. Anyway, the story deals with the teleportation device not exactly working as planned, and tourists from the future were appearing where they shouldn't be, as they explored the past.
The other story seems to borrow an idea from Edwin Abbott's "Flatland," with a world populated by 3D polyhedral figures (cubes, prisms, icosahedrons, etc.). One particular figure "gives birth" to something that was alarmingly different, a sphere. (Or I might have it backwards; everyone is a sphere, but the newborn baby is a cube or something.) Either way, the bizarre appearance of the offspring (no edges; or, conversely, has edges) results in a chaotic reaction by the typical "people." (A bit of an "Ugly Duckling" scenario but with polyhedral figures and spheres.)
That's all I can remember, as far as details in the stories.
I know there were several short stories in this anthology. It seems like it was a stand-alone collection, and not part of a series. I've done some checking and I don't think it was a Roger Elwood anthology.