I've been trying to track down some stories that are in short story science fiction collections that I read back in the 1980s. These collected works could be from as far back as the 1940s. For the life of me, I can't remember the names or the authors. Can anyone help me identify these stories?
Story one. They've invented teleportation. Only any living thing that goes through it dies. Eventually they find if you are unconscious you live. A boy on a space flight pretends to be unconscious for a interstellar flight. When they arrive, he dies, but is able to say one thing before he does. "It was so long."
Story two. Wars on earth are made obsolete by having an arena where the best soldier from each contry in the world must fight until only one soldier remains. That soldier's country receives spoils from the other losing countries. The soldiers gets immunity from any crime he commits and gets everything he ever wants as a reward. And no, this is not "hunger games". This story was written waaaay before that one. I think before the 1970s.
Story three. Earth men discover a ship that has a crew of plant creatures. The humans get captured by the plant creatures and taken back to their home world. A home world where animals are food to the plants. The plant creatures try to discover the location of Earth, but the last uneaten Earth man blows up the ship and with it the location of Earth.
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