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Islands of Space

by John W. Campbell

Long regarded as a classic example of golden-age science fiction, John W. Campbell's Islands of Space is a must-read for fans of the genre. Four world-class scientists decide on a whim to take off an intergalactic...

Lease to Doomsday

by Lee Archer

In this amusing tale from the golden age of science fiction, broker Kevin Muldoon is in the market for a job, so when he stumbles across a help-wanted advertisement that seems too good to be true, he decides...

The Aggravation of Elmer

by Robert Andrew Arthur

Published in 1955, this remarkably prescient short story from speculative-fiction master Robert Andrew Arthur tackles the possibility of global warming decades before the issue made its way into the headlines....

Cogito, Ergo Sum

by John Foster West

Space jockey Marlow and his lovely lady Pat are cruising the universe when they hit a speed bump of sorts. Suddenly and unexpectedly, everything they thought they knew is torn asunder. Will things ever return...

The Smoky God: A Voyage to the Inner World

by Willis George Emerson

The early science-fiction tale The Smoky God is presented as a true account of a sailing expedition undertaken by a Norwegian father-son team who endeavor to discover what lies to the far north. They stumble...

Double Take

by Richard Wilson

In this fast-paced gem of a tale from the golden age of science fiction, befuddled protagonist Paul Asher finds himself maneuvering a speeding vehicle at the behest of a mysterious female passenger. When the...

The Inhabited

by Richard Wilson

In this fascinating tale from the height of science fiction's golden age, the inhabitants of Earth become vessels that are colonized by a telepathic species of aliens on the prowl for an exciting new world to...

The Blind Spot

by Austin Hall & Homer Eon Flint

Co-written by science-fiction/fantasy luminaries Austin Hall and Homer Eon Flint, The Blind Spot is a thought-provoking novel that posits the existence of a mysterious portal that links together multiple dimensions....

The Indulgence of Negu Mah

by Robert Andrew Arthur

Negu Mah has it all: a thriving uranium mining business, lots of friends, plenty of leisure time, the latest techno toys, and a loving wife -- or so he thinks. In reality, Negu Mah's wife Nanlo has had enough...

Crossroads of Destiny

by H. Beam Piper

In this classic slice of golden-age science fiction from prolific writer H. Beam Piper, a chance meeting on a train leads to a fascinating conversation about alternate universes and counterfactual history. But...

The Answer

by H. Beam Piper

In the recent past, a mysterious explosion in New York plunged the world into war. But two scientists remain convinced that that "attack" was not what it appeared to be. In "The Answer," they devise an ingenious...

The Ultimate Weapon

by John W. Campbell

Summoned to Pluto by a distress call, a patrol ship stumbles into a brutal attack by alien invaders on the human population that has settled there. The invaders are eventually repelled, but it is clear that...

Planet of Dread

by Murray Leinster

This fast-paced novella will command the attention of fans of classic science fiction. A desperate fugitive attacks the crew of a spaceship that's temporarily docked. Planning to abandon the interloper on a...

The Red Dust

by Murray Leinster

Murray Leinster's science-fiction novella "The Red Dust" is a sequel to his previous story, "The Mad Planet." In the future, humans are no longer running things on Earth. Instead, a race of giant insects has...

The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance

by Marie Corelli

Some of the themes only hinted at in Marie Corelli's 1886 breakthrough novel, A Romance of Two Worlds, are fully fleshed out in fascinating detail in her later work, The Life Everlasting. In the future world...

The Three Eyes

by Maurice Leblanc & Alexander Teixeira de Mattos

In The Three Eyes, author Maurice Leblanc veers away from the Sherlock Holmes-style mysteries that were long his stock-in-trade and mixes things up by introducing some science fiction elements. A series of mysterious...

Creatures of the Abyss: Or, The Listeners

by Murray Leinster

In this gripping action-adventure novel, Murray Leinster turns away from the interplanetary settings that typically form the backdrop of his fiction and instead delves into one of the most mysterious places...


by H. Beam Piper

In this gripping tale of the supernatural, H. Beam Paper strays from the bleakly imagined futures that form the backdrop of most of his stories and focuses instead on a strange spiritual connection that spans...

Nightmare Planet

by Murray Leinster

The novella "Nightmare Planet" is the conclusion to Murray Leinster's popular Argosy series and is most closely linked to his previous tales "The Mad Planet" and "The Red Dust." A spaceship lands on a seemingly...

The Victor

by Bryce Walton

If you believe that the future's nothing but a happy wonderland of jetpacks and flying cars, think again. In Bryce Walton's chilling short story "The Victor," the powers that be have perfected the art of imprisonment,...