The Last Man

The Last Man

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Last Man is an apocalyptic science fiction novel. The book tells of a future world (the first-person narrative is that of a man living at the end of the 21st century) that has been ravaged by a plague. The novel was harshly reviewed at the time, and was virtually unknown until a scholarly revival beginning in the 1960s.

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The Master of the World

The Master of the World

Jules Verne

This is the 53rd book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. A series of unexplained happenings occur across the eastern United States, caused by objects moving with such great speed that they are nearly invisible. The first-person narrator John Strock, ‘Head inspector in the federal police department’ in Washington, DC, travels to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to investigate and discovers that all the phenomena are being caused…

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Robur the Conqueror

Robur the Conqueror

Jules Verne

This is the 29th book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. Robur the Conqueror, also known as The Clipper of the Clouds, begins with strange lights and sounds, including blaring trumpet music, reported in the skies all over the world. These events are all the work of the mysterious Robur, a brilliant inventor who kidnaps the Weldon Institute’s secretary, president, and the president’s valet. He takes them on board his…

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A Journey To The Center Of The Earth

A Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Jules Verne

A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne, and the third book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. The story involves a German professor (Otto Lidenbrock in the original French, Professor Von Hardwigg in the most common English translation) who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel (Harry), and their guide Hans encounter many adventures…

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Vril, The Power of the Coming Race

Vril, The Power of the Coming Race

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Bulwer-Lytton’s pioneering science fiction novel ‘Vril’ was taken very seriously by 19th Century Atlantis fans. Vril is a mysterious energy which is used by Lytton’s subterranian race (refugees from the Deluge) to power their advanced civilization; it was later treated as a reality by occultists. The plot of this book was recycled for numerous ‘B’ pulp scifi movies.

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A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

A Princess of Mars is the first book of the Barsoom series. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. It tells the story of John Carter, a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, who goes prospecting in Arizona immediately after the war’s end. Having struck a rich vein…

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All Around the Moon

All Around the Moon

Jules Verne

Fully illustrated. This is the 7th book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. 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, Nicholl…

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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 and gets to see a previous incarnation of himself–a life he lived…

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