9

Here ya go From here: https://peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/March_1959_comic_strips Peanuts had a strong connection to the NASA human spaceflight program. The Apollo-era safety program Manned Flight Awareness featured Peanuts characters on posters. The special award given by astronauts to people who have made special contributions to the program is still called ...


8

It's possible this is Cycle of Fire (1957) by Hal Clement. The human crashes in the desert, finds the alien and helps him find water. The alien is trying to get to the "Ice Ramparts" where his people are hiding from the heat.


4

If the "dog" was a coyote called "G. Howell Nahuatl" and the crew were preparing for an operation called "Sodde Lydfe" (or something like that) then this is probably Tom Paine Maru (1984) by L. Neil Smith. The crew of the titular ship (and the rest of the "Tom fleet" and "Bob fleet") were engaged in planetary ...


4

The second story is probably "Combat Unit" (1960) by Keith Laumer. A Bolo XXXI combat unit wakes up and discovers that it and its companions have had their weapons stripped and (primitively) outfitted as work vehicles. Of course they break free, and go outdoors to await relief. You can read the story on the Baen website. Given that ...


3

As mentioned by @Spencer, there are elements that match the Well World series by Jack L. Chalker. To my memory though there are some elements mentioned in the post that don't :/. Pretty sure this was a book, not a short story. Check - The original 5 Well World novels are definitely books not short stories, each is around 350 pages IIRC. I probably read ...


3

It turned out to be Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, first published in 1990. Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered... But years after the devastation, a handful of ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible