I'm trying to track down a collection of Sci-Fi short stories that I owned in the mid 1980s. Brief descriptions of some of the tales are as follows:

  • Aliens are trying to land on Earth & are in contact with a ground station. Coordinates are given to land but the craft cannot be seen. It turns out the aliens are tiny & can't be seen.
  • An astronaut is in a spaceship heading out into deep space when he hits something. Turns out he has reached the edge of the universe.
  • Boy & girl on another planet. Boys name is alternate spelling of Michael ("Mykyl" ?)

Hopefully someone can help. Cheers

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    I have this one at home - will find out for you this evening
    – Rory Alsop
    Mar 14, 2012 at 16:42

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The first short story you describe above is "Pictures Don't Lie" by Katherine Maclean. You can find bibliographic data for it here, which should narrow things down considerably. Sorry, but I don't recognise either of the other two stories, so I can't triangulate.

  • Hi Mike, spot on with that one. The story is indeed "Pictures Don't Lie". From the link you supplied, I have narrowed the collection choice down to two books (both covers are familiar to me). I'm going to order both books as there is a posibility the tales I'm remembering are spread across both books. Many thanks for all the help
    – Mike
    Mar 15, 2012 at 14:26
  • @Mike: Did you ever figure out which book it was?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 8, 2017 at 16:26

The Mykl story is Escape From Splatterbang, AKA Flamers, by Nicholas Fisk.

It seems that an excerpt from the novel has been published as a short story in at least one collection, under the title Marooned On Splatterbang. That book doesn't have Pictures Don't Lie, though.

Maybe the OP is conflating two different books.

The Mykl story is a duplicate of this question, by the way.

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