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A Tale of Negative Gravity

by Frank R. Stockton

A retired middle-aged gentleman and his wife take a long walk, arm-in-arm, many miles, up hills, across fields, with a laden knapsack and a heavy picnic basket, and yet they are completely at ease because of...

Key out of Time

by Andre Alice Norton

Ashe Gordon and Ross Murdock, angry about the loss of their fellow agent Travis Fox on the planet Topaz, have travelled to the planet Hawaikan, a warm ocean planet, where they intend to set up a time gate. The...

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 Visitation

by Cyril G. Wates

This story was the winner of the first-place prize awarded by Amazing Stories magazine in 1927, having been selected from about 360 stories submitted for the Cover Prize Contest. The editor praised the previously...

Doctor Who and the Empire of Glass

Earth Alert!

by Kris Ottman Neville

What defense could she raise against mutant science—telepathy, invisibility, teleportation—especially since Earth was not aware of its danger!

Star Dragon

by Mike Brotherton

The SS Cygni probe sent back hours of video, captured by the Biolathe AI, but only a few minutes mattered--the four minutes that showed a creature made of fire, living , moving, dancing in the plasma fire of...

With Her in Ourland

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Sequel to Herland. Published serially in the author's monthly magazine, Forerunner, volume 7 (1916). Herland described an all-women utopia in a secluded high valley, where 3 adventurous young men visit by airplane....

A Voyage to Arcturus

by David Lindsay

A stunning achievement in speculative fiction, A Voyage to Arcturus has inspired, enchanted, and unsettled readers for decades. It is simultaneously an epic quest across one of the most unusual and brilliantly...

The Man Who Came Early

by Poul William Anderson

How rarely science-fiction writers succeed in creating a wholly alien culture may be judged from any adequate study of an earthly culture of a time or place which does not form part of our direct heritage. S.F's...

The Ultimate Weapon

by John Wood Campbell

The star Mira was unpredictably variable. Sometimes it was blazing, brilliant and hot. Other times it was oddly dim, cool, shedding little warmth on its many planets. Gresth Gkae, leader of the Mirans, was seeking...

Gulliver of Mars

by Edwin Lester Arnold

Many believe that Edgar Rice Burroughs' inspiration to create his world of Barsoom came from this novel. Transported to Mars in a most unexpected fashion, Lieutenant Gulliver Jones, U.S.N., promptly found himself...

Trek's End

by John Walker

File this short story under the category of "Unintended Consequences." It begins: "I saw it happen. I witnessed the end of the world. And since I'm the only human who saw it, I'm going to write it down, even...

The Man Who Saved The Earth

by Austin Hall

The story opens on an oppressively hot day with a poor little newspaper boy, Charley, playing with a "burning glass" (a magnifying glass) which he uses to concentrate sunlight onto a small focal spot, thus intensifying...

Facing the Flag

by Jules Verne

Facing the Flag or For the Flag is a patriotic novel by Jules Verne. Like The Begum's Millions which Verne published in 1879 , it has the theme of France and the entire world threatened by a super-weapon (what...

The Repairman

by Harry Harrison

Being an interstellar trouble shooter wouldn’t be so bad … if I could shoot the trouble!

Eastern Standard Tribe

by Cory Doctorow

A comedy of loyalty, betrayal, sex, madness, and music-swapping Art is an up-and-coming interface designer, working on the management of data flow along the Massachusetts Turnpike. He's doing the best work of...

The Tunnel Under The World

by Frederik Pohl

Pinching yourself is no way to see if you are dreaming. Surgical instruments? Well, yes—but a mechanic's kit is best of all!

The Defiant Agents

by Andre Alice Norton

Alien technology scavenged by U.S. and Russian scientists has started a race to colonize planets outside our solar system -- and the U.S. scientists are losing! In a desperate move the U.S. government decides...

Lord of the World

by Robert Hugh Benson

In or about the year 2000, humanity has reached "that incredibly lofty goal to which its intrinsic efforts can carry it" — but rejected everything but crass materialism. Technology has advanced to the point...