I'm trying to find the name of a book I had as a kid back in the 80's/90's that was a collection of science fiction short stories and in particular one story in it.
I remember the cover being mostly orange with the face of an alien taking up most of the cover. Scaly looking 'grey' style alien with hooded green eyes. They may have also been a 60's/70's style space ship in the background with a man and woman.
Was set after all human life had ended in a great war and the story followed one of the many autonomous bombers still flying the skies carrying out their missions repeatedly bombing already leveled cities. At least that's how I remember it.
Any help/clues you can give would be much appreciated as I'd love to share these stories with my kid.
Some other stories it had, if any of these can be identified it might help me find the book:
Two guys talking in a room and one give the other a wooden carving of an apple and starts telling him the history of the object and how it's used to hypnotise people who hold it as they can't resist stroking it and it puts them in a catatonic state.
A bunch of robots/machines wandering the post-apocalyptic country side, free of their duties to mankind. Their adventure comes to an end when they run into a hermit living in the country and their programming kicks in and they immediately become his servants.
A story about first contact with an alien race, the aliens come to earth and land at the coordinates of an air-force base but upon arrival there is confusion as the humans cannot see the aliens and the aliens cannot see the humans. The aliens complain that they've been tricked and that their ship is sinking. The humans think this is strange until they realise the aliens are incredibly small and have landed in a puddle on the airfield.