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Industrial Revolution

by Poul William Anderson

Ever think how deadly a thing it is if a machine has amnesia—or how easily it can be arranged....

The Awakening & Other Short Stories

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the...

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories

by Lord Dunsany

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories is the third 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. It was...

The Prussian Officer

The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation

by Louisa May Alcott

A christmas story from the writer of Little Women.

Tales of Three Hemispheres

by Lord Dunsany

Tales of Three Hemispheres is a collection of fantasy short stories by Lord Dunsany. The first edition was published in Boston by John W. Luce & Co. in November, 1919; the first British edition was published...

The Escape

by Poul William Anderson

The effect of the Change was actually rather small—but great enough to make foxes open locked doors, turn a moron into a super-moron, and give Earth a galaxy while its own system fell to pieces under it!

Project Mastodon

A House-Boat on the Styx

by John Kendrick Bangs

The book begins with Charon, ferryman of the Styx startled--and annoyed--by the arrival of a house boat on his mystical river. At first afraid that the boat will put him out of business, he later finds out that...

The Chronicles of Clovis

by Saki

One of Saki's best-known works. A collection of satirical short stories featuring Clovis.

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 Mirror of Kong Ho

by Ernest Bramah Smith

A lively and amusing collection of letters on western living written by Kong Ho, a Chinese gentleman. These addressed to his homeland, refer to the Westerners in London as barbarians and many of the aids to...

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...

A Witch Shall be Born

Kew Gardens

The Cask of Amontillado

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado") is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. The story is set...

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth

by Cory Doctorow

The heroic exploits of "sysadmins" — systems administrators — as they defend the cyber-world, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons.

Navy Day

by Harry Harrison

The Army had a new theme song: "Anything you can do, we can do better!" And they meant anything, including up-to-date hornpipes!

The Dualitists

by Bram Stoker

Twins and their strange taste for destruction.

Gigolo

by Edna Ferber

Eight stories of tangy satire and sweet sentimentality. Filled with human drama, unfaltering reason, and extraordinary description.