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Star-Begotten

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Star Begotten tells the story of a series of men who conjecture upon the possibility of the human race being altered, by genetic modification, by Martians to replace their own dying planet. (from Wikipedia)


A Story of the Days To Come

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The novella depicts two lovers in a dystopian future London of the 22nd century and explores the implications of excessive urbanisation, class warfare, and advances in the technology of medicine, communication,...


The Consolidator

by Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Consolidator; or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon / Daniel Defoe

"Daniel Defoe was a writer, journalist and spy. He is known for being one of the first authors to write a novel....


Tales of Science

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

This vintage book contains a fantastic collection of short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, including 'The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall', 'The Conversation Of Eiros And Charmion', and 'A Descent Into...


The Fixed Period

by Anthony Trollope Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Fixed Period is a satirical dystopian novel by Anthony Trollope.

Gabriel Crasweller, a successful merchant-farmer and landowner, is Britannula's oldest citizen. Born in 1913, he emigrated from New Zealand...


The Coming Race

by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The novel centres on a young, independent, unnamed, wealthy traveller (the narrator), who visits a friend, a mining engineer. They explore a natural chasm in a mine which has been exposed by an exploratory shaft....


The Island of Anarchy

by Elizabeth Waterhouse Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

It is late in the twentieth century, and the federal government of Europe rounds up its troublesome anarchists and ships them off to a South Sea island. 'Hooray,' one thinks — but, of course, all does not...


Men Like Gods

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Men Like Gods is set in the summer of 1921. Its protagonist is Mr. Barnstaple (his first name is either Alfred or William), a journalist working in London and living in Sydenham. He has grown dispirited at a...


A Crystal Age

by W. H. Hudson Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The narrator, "Smith", tells his story in the first person. A traveler and amateur naturalist, he regains consciousness "under a heap of earth and stones" and believes that he had been knocked unconscious in...


Caesar’s Column

by Ignatius Donnelly Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

As some other speculative writers did (Anna Bowman Dodd's 1887 book The Republic of the Future is a contemporaneous example), Donnelly cast his fiction in the form of an epistolary novel. His first-person narrator...


The Secret of the League

by Ernest Bramah Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

In the fictional British history depicted in the book, the Labour Party wins an overwhelming majority in general elections and sets up a government. They do not institute a full Socialist economy, but they do...


A Dream of John Ball

by William Morris Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A Dream of John Ball is a novel by English author William Morris about the Great Revolt of 1381, conventionally called "the Peasants' Revolt". It features the rebel priest John Ball, who was accused of being...


The Flying Man

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"The Flying Man" is a short story by H. G. Wells published in The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents, a collection of 15 short stories. H. G. Wells was a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction. His...


The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Two people, who have been renamed Eiros and Charmion after death, discuss the manner in which the world ended. Eiros, who died in the apocalypse, explains the circumstances to Charmion, who died ten years previously....


Ardath

by Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Ardath : The Story of a Dead Self / Marie Corelli

"Deep in the heart of the Caucasus mountains a wild storm was gathering. Drear shadows drooped and thickened above the Pass of Dariel,—that terrific gorge which...


R.U.R.

by Karel Capek Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel ?apek. R.U.R. stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum's Universal Robots). The English phrase "Rossum's Universal Robots" has been used...


Uranie

by Camille Flammarion Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Nicolas Camille Flammarion was a French astronomer and author. He was a prolific author of more than fifty titles, including popular science works about astronomy, several notable early science fiction novels,...


The Absolute at Large

by Čapek, Karel, 1890-1938 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Absolute at Large / Karel ?apek; translated by David Wyllie

"The Absolute at Large (Továrna na absolutno in the original Czech, literally translated as The Factory for the Absolute), is a science fiction...


The Maracot Deep

by Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Maracot Deep / Arthur Conan Doyle

"The Maracot Deep is a short 1929 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle about the discovery of a sunken city of Atlantis by a team of explorers led by Professor Maracot. He is accompanied...


Off on a Comet

by Jules Verne Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The story starts with a comet called Gallia, that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. The disaster occurs on January 1 of the year 188x in the area around Gibraltar. On the...


A Romance of Two Worlds

by Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A Romance of Two Worlds was Marie Corelli's first novel, published in 1886. It referenced the contemporary debate between creationism and evolution, as well as supernatural themes, overlaid with elements of...


The Land Ironclads

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"The Land Ironclads" is a short story by English writer H.G. Wells, which originally appeared in the December 1903 issue of the Strand Magazine. It features "land ironclads," 100-foot-long (30 m) armoured fighting...


What Was It?

by Fitz James O'Brien Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

What Was It? A Mystery tells of an encounter with an invisible being whose nature remains an enigma, although a plaster cast made while the creature is chloroformed reveals it as a hideous diminutive humanoid...


A Voyage to the Moon

by Cyrano de Bergerac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

In A Voyage to the Moon, the narrator, after an attempt to reach the moon using vials of dewdrops, finally finds himself in what appears to be the Garden of Eden, surrounded by Biblical patriarchs. After falling...


The Wondersmith

by Fitz James O'Brien Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"The Wonder Smith" is an early predecessor of robot rebellion, where toys possessed by evil spirits are transformed into living automatons who turns against their creators. This short story was written by Fitz...


The War in the Air

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The War in the Air, a military science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, written in four months in 1907 and serialised and published in 1908 in The Pall Mall Magazine, is like many of Wells's works notable for its...


The Disintegration Machine

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"The Disintegration Machine" is a science fiction short story by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in The Strand Magazine in January 1929. The story centers on the discovery of a machine...


The Lost World

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Lost World is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1912, concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals still survive....


Round the Moon

by Verne, Jules, 1828-1905 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Round the Moon is the sequel to Jules Verne's 1865 novel, From the Earth to the Moon. It's a science fiction tale which continues the trip to the moon that was only begun in the first novel. Later English editions...


Lumen

by Flammarion, Camille, 1842-1925 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Lumen / Camille Flammarion

"Lumen was first published by Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) in 1872 as part of the Stories of Infinity collection. Flammarion was a well-known French astronomer, writer and highly...


A Traveler from Altruria

by Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A Traveler from Altruria / William Dean Howells

"A Traveler from Altruria is a Utopian novel by William Dean Howells. It was first published in installments in The Cosmopolitan between November 1892 and October...


Through the Eye of the Needle

by Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Through the Eye of the Needle / William Dean Howells

"Through the Eye of the Needle: A Romance is a 1907 Utopian novel written by William Dean Howells. It is the final volume in Howells's "Altrurian trilogy,"...


Sirius

by Stapledon, Olaf, 1886-1950 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Sirius: A Fantasy of Love and Discord / Olaf Stapledon

"Sirius is a 1944 science fiction novel by the British philosopher and author Olaf Stapledon, whose title character is a dog named Sirius with humanlike...


The Last Miracle

by Shiel, M. P. (Matthew Phipps), 1865-1947. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Last Miracle / M. P. Shiel

"This volume contains Matthew Phipps Shiel's 1906 novel, "The Last Miracle." This book is recommended for fans of supernatural and science fiction, and is a must-have for collectors...


The Shape of Things to Come

by Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Shape of Things to Come / H. G. Wells

"The Shape of Things to Come is a work of science fiction by British writer H. G. Wells, published in 1933, which speculates on future events up to the year 2106.

A long...


The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth

by Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth / H. G. Wells

"The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1904. Wells called it "a fantasia on the...


Star Maker

by Stapledon, Olaf, 1886-1950 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Star Maker / Olaf Stapledon

"Star Maker is a science fiction novel by British writer Olaf Stapledon, published in 1937. The book describes a history of life in the universe, dwarfing in scale Stapledon's previous...


The War with the Newts

by Čapek, Karel, 1890-1938 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The War with the Newts / Karel ?apek; translated into English by David Wyllie

"War with the Newts (Válka s mloky in the original Czech), also translated as War with the Salamanders, is a 1936 satirical science...


Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest

by Stapledon, Olaf, 1886-1950 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest / Olaf Stapledon

"Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest is a 1935 science fiction novel by the British author Olaf Stapledon. The novel explores the theme of the...


The Voyage and Adventures of Domingo Gonsales

by Godwin, Francis, 1562-1633 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Strange Voyage and Adventures of Domingo Gonsales, to the World in the Moon / Francis Godwin

"The Strange Voyage and Adventures of Domingo Gonsales or The Man in the Moone is a book by the English divine...


Lion Loose

by James Henry Schmitz Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The most dangerous of animals is not the biggest and fiercest—but the one that's hardest to stop. Add intelligence to that ... and you may come to a wrong conclusion as to what the worst menace is....


The Risk Profession

by Donald Edwin Westlake Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The men who did dangerous work had a special kind of insurance policy. But when somebody wanted to collect on that policy, the claims investigator suddenly became a member of ... THE RISK PROFESSION


Homo Inferior

by Mari Wolf Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The world of the new race was peaceful, comfortable, lovely—and completely static. Only Eric knew the haunting loneliness that had carried the old race to the stars, and he couldn't communicate it, even if...


Novice

by James Henry Schmitz Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A novice is one who is inexperienced—but that doesn't mean incompetent. Nor does it mean stupid!


Omega, the Man

by Lowell Howard Morrow Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt: "The silver airship cut swiftly through the hot thin air. The noonday sun blazed down upon it and the desert world below. All about was the solemn silence of death. No living thing appeared either in...


Jubilation, U.S.A.

by G.L. Vandenburg Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

You've heard, I'm sure, about the two Martians who went into a bar, saw a jukebox flashing and glittering, and said to it, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a joint like this?" Well, here's one about two...


All Day September

by Roger Kuykendall Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Some men just haven't got good sense. They just can't seem to learn the most fundamental things. Like when there's no use trying--when it's time to give up because it's hopeless....


Celebrity

by James McKimmey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sound the fanfare! Beat the drums! Shout hosannas! Here he comes.... CELEBRITY


Upstarts

by L.J. Stecher Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Earth was being bet on to break her blockade... but what was the purse... and who was to collect?


Death Comes But Twice

by Mary Robinette Kowal Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Excerpt:

Though the scene will seem so similar to my elder brother's death, I would not wish you to think I had taken my own life in the manner in which Edmund took his.

When Dr V came to see me some weeks ago,...