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Planet of the Damned

by Harry Harrison

Hugo nominated in 1962, originally published in Analog Science Fact-Science Fiction as "Sense of Obligation." Brion has just won the Twenties, a global competition to test achievements in 20 categories of human...

The Defenders

by Philip K. Dick

No weapon has ever been frightful enough to put a stop to war--perhaps because we never before had any that thought for themselves!

Pirates of Venus

Venus #1

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The shimmering, cloud-covered planet of Venus conceals a wondrous secret: the strikingly beautiful yet deadly world of Amtor. In Amtor, cities of immortal beings flourish in giant trees reaching thousands of...

The Misplaced Battleship

by Harry Harrison

It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship--in the wrong hands!--can be most...

Robur the Conqueror

by Jules Verne

The story begins with strange lights and sounds, including blaring trumpet music, reported in the skies all over the world. The events are capped by the mysterious appearance of black flags with gold suns atop...

The Poison Belt

Professor Challenger #2

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Poison Belt was the second story, a novella, that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about Professor Challenger. Written in 1913, roughly a year before the outbreak of World War I, much of it takes place--rather...

The Star

Accelerando

by Charles Stross

The book is a collection of nine short stories telling the tale of three generations of a highly dysfunctional family before, during, and after a technological singularity. It was originally written as a series...

Land of Terror

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Years ago David Innes and Abner Perry bored straight down through five hundred miles of the earth's crust and landed in Pellucidar, the savage, primeval world that lies at the center of the earth. This is the...

The Warlord of Mars

Barsoom #3

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Old acquaintances, made in the two other stories, reappear: Tars Tarkas, Tardos Mors and others. There is a happy ending to the story in the union of the Warlord, the title conferred upon John Carter, with Dejah...

The Door Through Space

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

... across half a Galaxy, the Terran Empire maintains its sovereignty with the consent of the governed. It is a peaceful reign, held by compact and not by conquest. Again and again, when rebellion threatens...

Sultana's Dream

by Roquia Sakhawat Hussain

Sultana's Dream is a classic work of Bengali science fiction and one of the first examples of feminist science fiction. This short story was written in 1905 by Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a Muslim feminist, writer...

Lost on Venus

Venus #2

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Carson Napier begins this episode in the Room of the Seven Doors. He can leave any time he wants, but six of the seven doors lead to hideous deaths; only one is the door of life. After navigating his way out...

The Gun

by Philip K. Dick

Nothing moved or stirred. Everything was silent, dead. Only the gun showed signs of life ... and the trespassers had wrecked that for all time. The return journey to pick up the treasure would be a cinch ......

Carson of Venus

Venus #3

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Carson of Venus is the third book in the Venus series (Sometimes called the "Carson Napier of Venus series") by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was serialized in Argosy in 1938 and published in book form a year later....

Halo

by Tom Maddox

In the latter half of the twenty-first century, freelance data-auditor Mikhail Gonzales has been contracted to monitor an AI-controlled orbiting colony. Complications arise when an experimental treatment for...

Llana of Gathol

When the World Screamed

Professor Challenger #5

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Professor Challenger drills into the earth until he reaches the mantle, convinced that it is a sentient being and that by doing so he will be the first person to alert it to mankind's presence. He awakens the...

The Land of Mist

Professor Challenger #3

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Heavily influenced by Doyle's growing belief in Spiritualism after the death of his son, brother, and two nephews in World War I, the book focuses on Edward Malone's at first professional, and later personal...

The Skull

by Philip K. Dick

Conger agreed to kill a stranger he had never seen. But he would make no mistakes because he had the stranger's skull under his arm.