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The Mercenaries

by H. Beam Piper

Should a nation's political climate guide its scientific agenda, or should research exist in a separate realm that's unaffected by these types of considerations? That's the question at the heart of "The Mercenaries,"...


The Keeper

by H. Beam Piper

Far in the future, one planet has regressed to a primitive, desolate state. The man called The Keeper maintains a lonely vigil there. When some unexpected visitors make an appearance, he learns some startling...


Hunter Patrol

by H. Beam Piper & John J. McGuire

Even when it's undertaken with the best of intentions, time travel can cause more problems than it solves. The unforeseen consequences begin to unfold when protagonist Benson wakes up in a strange time and place...


The Instant of Now

by Irving E. Cox

In this tale of revolutionary upheaval in the distant future, Eddie Dirrul finds himself caught up in the machinations of an insurgency plot that quickly spirals out of control. But in addition to the age-old...


Mother America

by Sam McClatchie

In honeybee hives, the "queen" is a female that gives birth to most of the colony's population. A similar concept is at the center of Sam McClatchie's gripping short story, "Mother America," in which the quest...


The Tremendous Event

by Maurice Leblanc & Alexander Teixera de Mattos

Though the novel The Tremendous Event doesn't include Maurice Leblanc's most famous creation, the criminal mastermind Arsene Lupin, it is an action-adventure thrill ride that skillfully combines elements of...


Graveyard of Dreams

by H. Beam Piper

This classic science fiction tale from H. Beam Piper takes place in the Federation universe that served as the setting for many of his stories. In the distant future, the inhabitants of the strange planet Poictesme...


The Frozen Pirate

by William Clark Russell

Sailor Paul Rodney thinks he's cheated death when he barely escapes with his life from a disastrous storm that lays waste to his ship and its entire crew. The sole survivor of the crash, Rodney drifts helplessly...


Adolescents Only

by Irving E. Cox

This classic sci-fi tale is sure to send chills up your spine, especially if you're under the age of 20. One night, an unusual object lights up the sky, and soon afterwards, a local high school teacher begins...


Love Story

by Irving E. Cox

On one level, this witty short story describes a future in which traditional gender roles are reversed and men have quite literally become enslaved to the capricious whims of their female masters. On another...


The Star Lord

by Boyd Ellanby

Biochemist William Boyd produced a number of influential and well-respected short stories under the pen name "Boyd Ellanby." In the novella "The Star Lord," the state-of-the-art spacecraft of the same name is...


Category Phoenix

by Boyd Ellanby

Biochemist William Boyd was a close friend of Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of the atomic bomb. In his spare time, Boyd dabbled in writing science fiction under the pen name "Boyd Ellanby," and though his...


The Plattner Story: And Others

by H. G. Wells

Though Wells is best remembered as a trailblazer in the genre of science fiction, he worked masterfully in many genres, and often combined elements of several styles within the space of a single tale. The short...


Quest of the Golden Ape

by Ivar Jorgensen & Adam Chase

Fans of classic golden-era science fiction or readers who enjoyed Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter series will go bananas for this short novel from Ivar Jorgensen (pen name of Randall Garrett). A lone man finds...


Adventures in the Moon: And Other Worlds

by John Russell

Originally published anonymously, this early volume of fantasy tales was later attributed to Lord John Russell (who later became the Earl of Russell). Ranging from extraterrestrial adventures to philosophical...


By Earthlight

by Bryce Walton

Humanity is poised for a major technological breakthrough with the introduction and maiden voyage of a state-of-the-art rocket. But in the days leading up to the launch, a nefarious plot is hatched that could...


Thy Name Is Woman

by Bryce Walton

In the distant future, it is discovered that due to a quirk in human biology, women are able to withstand the rigors of long-term space flight in a way that men can't. The women of Earth promptly exploit this...


The Underground City

by Jules Verne

Now widely lauded for his role as a key innovator in the genre of science fiction, French author Jules Verne broke new ground with the publication of titles such as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty...


Man of Many Minds

by E. Everett Evans

Fans of golden-era science fiction will relish the strong characterization and intriguing plot twists of E. Everett Evans' coming-of-age novel Man of Many Minds. George Hanlon is a cadet on the verge of graduating...


The British Barbarians

by Grant Allen

This amusing science-fiction-tinged satire centers on an anthropologist sent from the future to make a study of British society in the late nineteenth century. Bertram Ingledew comprehensively documents and...