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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...

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...

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.

The World Set Free

by H. G. Wells

THE WORLD SET FREE was written in 1913 and published early in 1914, and it is the latest of a series of three fantasias of possibility, stories which all turn on the possible developments in the future of some...

Piper in the Woods

by Philip K. Dick

Earth maintained an important garrison on Asteroid Y-3. Now suddenly it was imperiled with a biological impossibility—men becoming plants!

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 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...

The Land That Time Forgot

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Starting out as a harrowing wartime sea adventure, Burroughs’s story ultimately develops into a lost world story reminiscent of such novels as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1912) and Jules Verne’s...

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?"

Back to the Stone Age

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The fifth installment of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar series, Back to the Stone Age recounts the strange adventures of Lieutenant von Horst, a member of the original crew that sailed to Pellucidar with...

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 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!

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...

Pellucidar

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

In this sequel to At the Earth's Core, return to the world of Pellucidar—an exotic, savage land at the center of the Earth, an untamed wilderness where the sun never sets. When American explorer David Innes...

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...

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!

Armageddon 2419 AD

by Philip Francis Nowlan

In Armageddon - 2419 A.D., Buck, a victim of accidental suspended animation, awakens five hundred years later to discover America groaning under the tyranny of the villainous Han, ruling from the safety of their...

Think Yourself to Death

by Stephen Marlowe

If you've never read a Johnny Mayhem story before, you are in for a treat. Johnny, who wears different bodies the way ordinary people wear clothes, is one of the most fascinating series characters in science...

The Ant King and Other Stories

by Benjamin Rosenbaum

A dazzling, postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions: a writer of alternate histories defends his patron’s zeppelin against assassins and pirates; a woman transforms into hundreds of gumballs;...