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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea tells the story of Professor Aronnax, Ned Land and Conseil as they get taken captive by the fearsome Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus. There, they are taken on an undersea adventure which they really enjoy, but still kind of resent being held virtual prisoners by Nemo. The 20,000 Leagues in the title refers not to the depth but to the distance they travel, even going as far as the South Pole. An enjoyable romp under the oceans.

All Around the Moon

All Around the Moon

Jules Verne

Fully illustrated. Around the Moon, Jules Verne’s sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, is a science fiction novel continuing the trip to the moon which left the reader in suspense after the previous novel. Having been fired out of the giant Columbiad space gun, the Baltimore Gun Club’s bullet-shaped projectile, along with its three passengers, Barbicane…

Allan and the Ice Gods

Allan and the Ice Gods

H. Rider Haggard

Chronologically, this is the fourteenth and final Allan Quatermain novel published, although the events of the novel Allan Quatermain occur after it. It also the final Allan Quatermain novel in the trilogy involving the taduki drug and Lady Luna Ragnall, following The Ivory Child, and The Ancient Allan. Once more Quatermain takes the hallucinogenic drug…

At the Earth’s Core

At The Earth's Core

Edgar Rice Burroughs

At the Earth’s Core is a 1914 fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in his series about the fictional “hollow earth” land of Pellucidar. David Innes is a mining heir who finances the experimental “iron mole,” an excavating vehicle designed by his elderly inventor friend Abner Perry. In a test run, they discover the vehicle cannot be turned…

Atlantida

Atlantida

Pierre Benoit

It is 1896 in the French Algerian Sahara. Two officers, André de Saint-Avit and Jean Morhange investigate the disappearance of their fellow officers. While doing so, they are drugged and kidnapped by a Tarqui warrior, the procurer for the monstrous Queen Antinea. Antinea, descendant of the rulers of Atlantis, has a cave wall with 120 niches carved…

Beyond the Black River

Beyond the Black River

Robert E. Howard

Beyond the Black River is one of the original short stories about Conan the Cimmerian. It is set in the pseudo-historical Hyborian Age and concerns Conan fighting the savage Hyborian Picts in the unsettled lands beyond the infamous Black River. Due to its unique elements and atypical frontier setting, the story is considered an undisputed classic of…

Caesar’s Column

Caesar's Column

Ignatius Donnelly

This 1890 book has been variously categorized as science fiction, speculative fiction, dystopian fiction, and/or apocalyptic fiction; one critic has termed it an “Apocalyptic Utopia.”

The Chessmen of Mars

The Chessmen of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Chessmen of Mars is the fifth book of the Barsoom series. In this novel Burroughs focuses on a younger member of the family established by John Carter and Dejah Thoris, protagonists of the first three books in the series. The heroine this time is their daughter Tara, princess of Helium, whose hand is sought by the gallant Gahan, Jed (prince) of…

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

William Morris

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, set in the forested land of Oakenrealm, was Morris’ reimagining and recasting of the medieval Lay of Havelock the Dane, with his displaced royal heirs Christopher and Goldilind standing in for the original story’s Havelock and Goldborough. In contrast to his source, Morris emphasizes the romantic…

The Disintegration Machine

The Disintegration Machine

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Disintegration Machine is the last story in the Professor Challenger series. It was first published in Strand Magazine in January 1929. The story centers around the discovery of a machine capable of disintegrating objects and reforming them as they were.

A Fighting Man of Mars

A Fighting Man of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is the seventh book in the Barsoom Series. The story is purportedly relayed back to earth via the Gridley Wave, a sort of super radio frequency previously introduced in Tanar of Pellucidar, the third of Burrough’s Pellucidar novels, which thus provides a link between the two series. The story-teller is Ulysses Paxton, protagonist of the previous novel, The Master Mind of Mars, but this story is not about him; rather, it is…

The First Men In The Moon

The First Men In The Moon

H. G. Wells

The First Men in the Moon tells the story of a journey to the moon undertaken by the two protagonists, a businessman narrator, Mr. Bedford, and an eccentric scientist, Mr. Cavor. Bedford and Cavor discover that the moon is inhabited by a sophisticated extraterrestrial civilization of insect-like creatures they call “Selenites”.

The Gods of Mars

The Gods of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Gods of Mars is the second book in the famous Barsoom series. At the end of the first book, A Princess of Mars, John Carter is unwillingly transported back to Earth. The Gods of Mars begins with his arrival back on Barsoom (Mars) after a ten-year separation from his wife Dejah Thoris, his unborn child, and the Red Martian people of the nation of Helium…

Gulliver of Mars

Gulliver of Mars

Edwin L. Arnold

Lieutenant Gulliver Jones, U.S.N., arrives on Mars in a most unexpected fashion and promptly finds himself head-over-heels in adventure. For Mars is a planet of ruined cities, ancient peoples, copper-skinned swordsmen, and weird and awesome monsters. There is a princess to be rescued, a River of Death to be navigated, and a strange…

The Hollow Land

The Hollow Land

William Morris

One of William Morris’ first stories of fantasy, the Hollow Land tells the quest of Florian for the Hollow Land, a supernatural realm which once obtained, will only be half-remembered.

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