At the Core (#13)

1966-11Known Space [all] Short StoryWorlds of If, November 1966
K.S. 24 (2646)

anthology, The Second If Reader of Science Fiction, edited by Frederik Pohl (cloth and paperback);
French, Galaxie, Avril 1968 as "Jusqu'au Coeur";
CATASTROPHES! ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh, First Fawcett Crest Printing, July 1981;
Neutron Star
World of Ptavvs/A Gift from Earth/Neutron Star
Beowulf Shaeffer, puppeteersEbook
Beowulf discovers the core of the galaxy is exploding. First appearance of Long Shot

First appeared in Worlds of If, November 1966. A human spaceship pilot accepts an offer to guide a cramped (but very fast) experimental alien ship to the center of the galaxy on a promotional stuntóbut what he finds at the core is much more important than just publicity.