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Doctor Who: Human Nature

by Paul Cornell

"On the eve of the First World War, John Smith teaches at an English public school. But is he all that he seems?"

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...

A Fighting Man of Mars

Barsoom #7

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A Fighting Man of Mars is an Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the seventh of his famous Barsoom series. Burroughs began writing it on February 28, 1929, and the finished story was first published...

Prison of a Billion Years

by C.H. Thames

Adam Slade was a man who had nothing to lose by making a break for it. The trouble was, he knew that no one had ever escaped from the— Prison of a Billion Years

The Man From the Atom

by Green Peyton Wertenbaker

This was one of the 6 science fiction stories published in the first issue (April 1926) of the first magazine devoted to science fiction, Amazing Stories, edited and published by Hugo Gernsback, now considered...

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.

Mad Planet

True Names

by Cory Doctorow & Benjamin Rosenbaum

The tale of duelling galactic colony-organisms that are competing to recruit all the matter in the universe for raw computation.

The Chessmen of Mars

Arm of the Law

by Harry Harrison

At one time—this was before the Robot Restriction Laws—they'd even allowed them to make their own decisions....

The Men in the back room at the country club

For The Win

by Cory Doctorow

In the virtual future, you must organize to survive At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual “gold,”...

Mr. Spaceship

by Philip K. Dick

A human brain-controlled spacecraft would mean mechanical perfection. This was accomplished, and something unforeseen: a strange entity called— Mr. Spaceship.

Makers

by Cory Doctorow

Perry and Lester invent things—seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the “New Work,” a New Deal for the technological...

Jury Service

by Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross

Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom...

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 Variable Man

by Philip K. Dick

He fixed things—clocks, refrigerators, vidsenders and destinies. But he had no business in the future, where the calculators could not handle him. He was Earth’s only hope—and its sure failure!

Printcrime

Star Born

by Andre Alice Norton

When the oppressive global dictatorship of Pax took over Earth they put a stop to space exploration. Still, a few rebels escaped in the sleeper ships to found free new colonies -- or perish in the attempt. Those...

The Chronic Argonauts

by H. G. Wells

This brief story begins with a third-person account of the arrival of a mysterious inventor to the peaceful Welsh town of Llyddwdd. Dr. Nebogipfel takes up residence in a house sorely neglected after the deaths...