The Well at the World’s End

The Well at the World's End

William Morris

A fantasy novel in a Medieval setting. It tells the story of Peter, King of Upmeads, and his four sons, Blaise, Hugh, Gregory, and Ralph. These four sons decide one day that they would like to explore the world, so their father gives them permission. From that point on, the plot centers on the youngest son, Ralph. He sets out in search of the Well…

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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”.

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The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells

Man had not yet learned to fly when H.G. Wells conceived this story of a Martian attack on England. Giant cylinders crash to Earth, disgorging huge, unearthly creatures armed with heat-rays and fighting machines. Amid the boundless destruction they cause, it looks as if the end of the world has come.

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

H. G. Wells

The Invisible Man tells the story of Griffin; a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body’s refractive index to that of air so that it absorbs and reflects no light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse it.

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau

H. G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, who called it “an exercise in youthful blasphemy”. The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates human-like beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral…

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Unveiling a Parallel, A Romance

Unveiling a Parallel, A Romance

Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant

Unveiling a Parallel: A Romance, is a feminist science fiction and utopian novel published in 1893. The unnamed narrator, a man, arrives at Mars after a flight by ‘aeroplane.’ Mars is much like Earth, and inhabited by Earth-like flora and fauna. Where it differs is in the social roles of the genders. Women occupy a place of equality; they have their own social clubs, take lovers, have children out of wedlock, and can even propose…

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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 prophecy to be fulfilled.

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Pagan Passions

Pagan Passions

Randall Garrett

Science Fiction 1950’s style. Taken from the Blurb: ‘The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome had returned to Earth, with all their awesome powers intact, and Earth was transformed almost overnight. In this totally altered world, William Forrester was an acolyte of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, and therefore a teacher, in this case of a totally altered history…

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The Smoky God

The Smoky God

Willis George Emerson

This is a fictional hollow earth adventure. The narrator, Olaf Jansen, is a Norwegian who sails with his father deep into the northern ice. There they sail over the lip of the hollow earth, and into the inner world, lit by a dim central sun. The inhabitants are an advanced race of giants who have electricity, monorails, and extremely long lifespans. The travelers return to the surface through the…

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The Shadow Out of Time

The Shadow Out of Time

H. P. Lovecraft

The Shadow Out of Time is a novella by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written between November 1934 and February 1935, it was first published in the June 1936 issue of Astounding Stories. It tells of the Great Race of Yith, an extraterrestrial species with the ability to travel through space and time. The Yithians accomplish…

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The Ship of Ishtar

The Ship of Ishtar

Abraham Merritt

The Ship of Ishtar tells the story of Kenton, who receives a mysterious ancient Babylonian artifact, which he discovers contains an incredibly detailed model of a ship. A dizzy spell casts him onto the deck of the ship, which becomes a full-sized vessel sailing an eternal sea. At one end is Sharane the assistant priestess of Ishtar and her female minions, and at the other is Klaneth the assistant priest of Nergal and his male…

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The Metal Monster

The Metal Monster

Abraham Merritt

The Metal Monster is a fantasy novel by Abraham Merritt. It was first serialized in Argosy All-Story Weekly in 1920 and features the return of Dr. Goodwin who first appeared in The Moon Pool. The story starts with a foreword where Merritt is assigned the duty to relay Dr. Walter T. Goodwin’s incredible tale of his encounter in the Trans-Himalayan mountains to the world, to let everyone know the terrible…

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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 Gathol. Both Helium and Gathol are prominent Barsoomian city states.

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Thuvia, Maid of Mars

Thuvia, Maid of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Thuvia, Maid of Mars is the fourth book of the Barsoom series. In this novel the focus shifts from John Carter, Warlord of Mars, and Dejah Thoris of Helium, protagonists of the first three books in the series, to their son, Carthoris, prince of Helium, and Thuvia, princess of Ptarth. Helium and Ptarth are both prominent Barsoomian city state/empires, and both Carthoris and Thuvia were secondary characters…

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The Warlord of Mars

The Warlord of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Warlord of Mars is a science fantasy novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the third of his famous Barsoom series. This novel continues where the previous one in the series, The Gods of Mars abruptly ended. At the end of the previous book, John Carter’s wife, the princess Dejah Thoris, is imprisoned in the Temple of the Sun by the vile pretender goddess Issus.

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