A veteran space pilot is forced to retire because of his lack of experience with newer equipment, but an alien visitor gives Earth a challenge that only he can pass. After succeeding, he is appointed to command the space patrol, but the alien visitor was really the pilot in disguise.
A criminal in the year 2000 is sentenced to be exiled from humanity for his various crimes as the death penalty has been abolished. He mocks his accusers since he has prepared a micro-drill built into his finger that will get the door of his cell open eventually. When he does succeed in getting it open, he wishes he hadn't, as it turns out his cell had been placed in orbit around the planet.
I've got to learn what's inside this door--I've got to!
After escaping from jail, Hugo Cragg heads for a deserted mansion to hide out until the heat is off. Then he discovers a strange closet in the house: after he puts something into it, the object disappears! He figures that if the objects disappear into another dimension, why not go there himself to hide from the Police? He does, but becomes two-dimensional.
The Fates make a wager over whether humans will ever understand that they cannot escape them. One of them tells a jewel thief that he will be punished, but he defies fate and flees the country, thinking that since the US is in World War II he will never be found and punished in Hiroshima.
Charles Weldon has worked for Ferris for 20 years but feels he has only been paid a pittance. Ferris leaves the building leaving Weldon alone. Weldon opens the safe and takes all the money. He tries to leave town but each method he tries, train, bus and plane, is stymied. Leaving the airport the mist swirls thicker and then he finds himself back outside his work. He puts the money back in the safe just as Ferris returns. Ferris is worried about the money but seeing Weldon is reassured. Ferris then tells Weldon that he has not treated him properly and will make him a partner in the firm.