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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...

Maelstrom

Rifters #2

by Peter Watts

An enormous tidal wave on the west coast of North America has just killed thousands. Lenie Clarke, in a black wetsuit, walks out of the ocean onto a Pacific Northwest beach filled with the oppressed and drugged...

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 Master Mind of Mars

Star-begotten

by H. G. Wells

Star Begotten is a 1937 novel by H. G. Wells. It tells the story of a series of men who conjecture upon the possibility of the human race being altered by Martians to replace their own dying planet. The protagonist...

Behemoth

Rifters #3

by Peter Watts

Lenie Clarke-rifter, avenger, amphibious deep-sea cyborg-has destroyed the world. Once exploited for her psychological addiction to dangerous environments, she emerged in the wake of a nuclear blast to serve...

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...

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...

Off on a Comet

by Jules Verne

The story starts with a comet that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. Some forty people of various nations and ages are condemned to a two-year-long journey on the comet.

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...

Dr. Nikola's Experiment

by Guy Newell Boothby

This fourth novel of Boothby's Dr. Nikola series reveals that Nikola has discovered all of the facts necessary to extend a human being's life. He has studied science and magic secrets of Tibetan monks. He explains:...

Printcrime

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...

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 Chessmen of Mars

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

by Cory Doctorow

Jules is a young man barely a century old. He's lived long enough to see the cure for death and the end of scarcity, to learn ten languages and compose three symphonies...and to realize his boyhood dream of...

The Time Axis

by Henry Kuttner

Called to the end of time by a being known as The Face of Ea, four adventurers face a power that not even the science of that era could meet -- the nekron, negative matter, negative force, ultimate desctruction...

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...

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 Iron Heel

by Jack London

The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1908. Generally considered to be "the earliest of the modern Dystopian," it chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny...