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Beyond the Black River

Jewels of Gwahlur

Dagon

A Hunger Artist

by Franz Kafka

A Hunger Artist explores many of the themes that were close to him: spiritual poverty, asceticism, futility, and the alienation of the modern artist.

The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

by Maurice Leblanc

This collection of Lupin short stories presents more puzzling criminal involvements of the classic French hero-thief and his men.

Time and the Gods

by Lord Dunsany

Time and the Gods is the second book by Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin and others. The book was first published...

Skeleton Men of Jupiter

The Sensible Thing

The Repairman

by Harry Harrison

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

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...

Second Variety

by Philip K. Dick

The claws were bad enough in the first place—nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace—if it could!

The Big Trip Up Yonder

by Kurt Vonnegut

If it was good enough for your grandfather, forget it ... it is much too good for anyone else!

All Cats Are Gray

by Andre Alice Norton

Under normal conditions a whole person has a decided advantage over a handicapped one. But out in deep space the normal may be reversed—for humans at any rate.

The Thing on the Doorstep

The Burial of the Rats

The Red Hawk

What Christmas Is as We Grow Older

Shadow

The Voice of the City

by O. Henry

Further Tales of the Four Million: The Complete Life of John Hopkins; A Lickpenny Lover; Dougherty's Eye Opener; Little Speck in Garnered Fruit; The Harbinger; While the Auto Waits; A Comedy in Rubber; One Thousand...

The Mystery of the Semi-Detached