I had it as a kid and lost it in 1978. I don’t remember the title but I think it was like the biggest book of magic...

One story was about a guy who invented or found a tube and when he held it up, looked through and blinked, it left a hole in whatever was in view.

Another story (though it might be from a different book) was about a guy who finds clay pebbles in a cave and passed the time tossing them off a cliff. He sticks a couple in his bag and when he gets home from his vacation he discovers that the clay was covering perfect precious gems.

  • 3
    The second story is The Balls of Clay, found in the book Strangely Enough! by C.B. Colby.
    – Frock
    May 30, 2018 at 5:20
  • @Frock Post that as an answer, even if you can't identify the collection.
    – b_jonas
    May 30, 2018 at 9:37

1 Answer 1


The first story is Seven-Day Terror by R. A. Lafferty. First appeared in Worlds of If, March 1962

The second story is The Balls of Clay, from Strangely Enough! by C. B.[Carroll Burleigh] Colby.

I can't find an anthology where they were published together, though.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.