She

She

H. Rider Haggard

A first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen named Ayesha who reigns as the all-powerful “She”, or “She-who-must-be-obeyed”.

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Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Philip Francis Nowlan

Armageddon 2419 A.D. features the introduction of Anthony ‘Buck’ Rogers, the famous sci-fi adventure hero of early comics, radio, and tv shows. Originally published in Amazing Stories in 1928, this novella was later combined with Nowlan’s sequel, The Airlords of Han, and re-published under this same title in the 1960s. In Armageddon 2419 A.D., we follow Buck Rogers and his mysterious transportation to far-future…

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A Voyage to Arcturus

A Voyage to Arcturus

David Lindsay

A Voyage to Arcturus is set at Tormance, an imaginary planet orbiting Arcturus, which, in the novel, is a double star system, consisting of stars Branchspell and Alppain. The lands through which the characters travel represent philosophical systems or states of mind, through which the main character, Maskull, passes on his search for the meaning of life.

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The Moon Pool

The Moon Pool

Abraham Merritt

Within the earth’s core, lives an advanced race who have created an offspring. This offspring (the Dweller) gradually turns from good to evil, and at times will rise to the surface of the earth to capture men and women. Scientist Dr Goodwin and pilot Larry O’Keefe follow the Dweller down and O’Keefe finds himself caught between the attentions of two beautiful women; one good, one evil.

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Space Viking

Space Viking

H. Beam Piper

When his wife is murdered on his wedding day, Lucas Trask launches himself on a quest for revenge. Using his personal fortune, he buys a spaceship and becomes a Space Viking, raiding worlds while hunting for his wife’s killer. But there are unexpected consequences…

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Short Stories

Short Stories - Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

I was excited to learn that some of Philip K. Dick’s books were in the public domain. Whilst I’m not the biggest fan, I have read and enjoyed some of his works, and I also realise how important a figure he is in the fictional sci-fi world. So here are 16 short stories including: Beyond Lies The Wub; The Gun; The Skull; The Defenders; The Eyes Have It; The Hanging Stranger; Mr. Spaceship; Piper In The Woods; Second Variety…

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The Gods of Pegana

The Gods of Pegana

Lord Dunsany

A collection of short stories linked by Dunsany’s invented pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegāna. Stories are: Of Skarl the Drummer; Of the Making of the Worlds; Of the Game of the Gods; The Chaunt of the Gods; The Sayings of Kib; Concerning Sish; The Sayings of Slid; The Deeds of Mung; The Chaunt of the Priests; The Sayings of Limpang-Tung; Of Yoharneth-Lahai; Of Roon, the God of Going, and the Thousand Home…

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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

H. G. Wells

The sci-fi novel that actually gave us the term: ‘time machine’. The book’s protagonist travels to the year A.D. 802,701, only to find that the state of the human race has changed considerably. He discovers two distinct peoples; the Eloi, and, the Morlocks, and originally believes that they share a kind of ‘Lord/Servant’ relationship. However, he soon realises that it is more like that of ‘Ranchers/Livestock’.

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Short Stories

Short Stories

Stanley G. Weinbaum

A collection of 21 short science fiction stories including: A Martian Odyssey; Valley Of Dreams; Flight On Titan; The Point Of View; Parasite Planet; The Lotus Eaters; Pygmalion’s Spectacles; The Worlds Of If; The Ideal; The Planet Of Doubt; The Adaptive Ultimate; The Mad Moon; Smothered Sea; Redemption Cairn; Proteus Island; The Circle Of Zero; Graph; The Brink Of Infinity; Shifting Seas; Tidal Moon; and, The Red Peri.

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The Book of Wonder

The Book of Wonder

Lord Dunsany

With 10 illustrations. A collection of 14 fantasy short stories, being unique in the fact that Sydney Sime drew the illustrations first, and Lord Dunsany wrote the stories afterwards. Stories include: The Book of Wonder; The Bride of the Man-Horse; Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller; The House of the Sphinx; Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men; The Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolater; The Loot…

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From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon

Jules Verne

This is the 4th book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. From the Earth to the Moon tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club, a post-American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous Columbiad space gun and launch three people (the Gun Club’s president, his Philadelphian armor-making rival, and a French poet) in a projectile, with the goal of a moon landing.

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A Romance of Two Worlds

A Romance of Two Worlds

Marie Corelli

A Romance of Two Worlds was Marie Corelli’s first novel, published in 1886. It referenced the contemporary debate between creationism and evolution, as well as supernatural themes, overlaid with elements of science fiction. It starts with a young heroine, in first person, telling her story of a debilitating illness that includes depression and thoughts of suicide. Her doctor is unable to help her and sends her off on a holiday…

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John Carter of Mars

John Carter of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is the eleventh and final book in the Barsoom Series. It is a collection of two John Carter of Mars stories. The first story was originally published in 1940 by Whitman as a Better Little Book entitled John Carter of Mars. Although credited to Edgar Rice Burroughs, it was written by his son, John Coleman Burroughs and was later expanded and re-published in Amazing Stories as “John Carter and the Giant of Mars”, the name it goes under in the…

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Llana of Gathol

Llana of Gathol

Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is the tenth book in the Barsoom Series. Llana of Gathol is a collection of four science fantasy stories, which were originally published in Amazing Stories in 1941. The first collected edition of Llana of Gathol was published in 1948. It is the penultimate book in the Barsoom series and the last to be published during Burroughs’s lifetime. The first story is The Ancient Dead (originally The City of Mummies), followed by The Black…

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