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The Next Time We Die

by Robert Moore Williams Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

We journey to far places, driven on by ideals. We fight for lost causes, sacrificing our lives because the things we fight for seem worthwhile. But are we right? Are they worth being killed over? Perhaps. Then...


Forsyte's Retreat

by Winston K. Marks Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sextus Rollo Forsyte had his trouble with the bottle, but nothing out of a bottle ever produced such a hotel as the Mahoney-Plaza: only 260 rooms ... only two guests to a room ... but accommodating 5200 guests—all...


Stopover Planet

by Robert E. Gilbert Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Early morning deliveries were part of the Honeychile Bakery Service. But on this particular morning the service was reversed!


SETI

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"A stray transgenic mouse from the bio lab downstairs eats a yellow peanut M&M while sitting atop a pile of discarded circuit boards and servo motors in the AI lab. A sophisticated optical system and biomechanical...


The Seventh Order

by Gerald Allan Sohl Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

History is filled with invincible conquerors. This one from space was genuinely omnipotent, but that never keeps humanity from resisting!


Modus Vivendi

by Randall Garrett Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

It's undoubtedly difficult to live with someone who is Different. He must, because he is Different, live by other ways. But what makes it so difficult is that, for some reason he thinks you are Different!


Generals Help Themselves

by M.C. Pease Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

With no one to help him, it seemed the General was lost. But the enemy was soon to discover that— Generals Help Themselves.


Three Lines of Old French

by Abraham Merritt Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Are dreams merely the fantasies of the subconsicous mind--or voyages to other planes of existence? Abraham Merritt's eloquent and beautiful tale, "Three Lines of Old French", published in 1919, addresses this...


The Model of a Judge

by William Douglas Morrison Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Should a former outlaw become a judge—even if he need only pass sentence on a layer cake?


A Knyght Ther Was

by Robert Franklin Young Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

But the Knyght was a little less than Perfect, and his horse did not have a metabolism, and his "castle" was much more mobile—timewise!—than it had any business being!


PRoblem

by Alan Nourse Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In exchange for the promise of an almost limitless fuel, earth agrees to allow the alien Grdnzth people to gather on earth for transit to a planet as their is going to be destroyed. The Grdnzth are ugly, looking...


The Sword

by Frank Quattrocchi Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

There were but three days in which to decipher the most cryptic message ever delivered to earth.


The Gallery

by Rog Phillips Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Aunt Matilda needed him desperately, but when he arrived she did not want him and neither did anyone else in his home town.


Dry Frugal With Death Rays

by Alex Wilson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Dry Frugal With Death Rays is a dark satire of office politics, corporate bureaucracy, thwarted ambition and revenge gone awry - enjoy!


The Cosmic Expense Account

by Cyril Michael Kornbluth Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Professor Konrad Leuten, author of the bestselling book Functional Epistemology is on a dangerous mission to undo the work of one reader who has taken his theories a little too far. His defense? Stand on one...


Pythias

by Frederik Pohl Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sure, Larry Connaught saved my life—but it was how he did it that forced me to murder him!


The Blue Tower

by Evelyn E. Smith Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

As the vastly advanced guardians of mankind, the Belphins knew how to make a lesson stick--but whom?


Brknk's Bounty

by Gerald Allan Sohl Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

From a feature writer to feature attraction—now there's a real booze-to-riches success story!


Freedom

by Mack Reynolds Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Freedom is a very dangerous thing indeed. It is so catching—like a plague—even the doctors get it.


History Repeats

by George Oliver Smith Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

There are--and very probably will always be--some Terrestrials who can't, and for that matter don't want, to call their souls their own....


R.P.M.

by Chris Nakashima-Brown Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A near-future post-mediapocalyptic mind-bender about celebrity, freedom, America and meaning.


Infinite Intruder

by Alan Nourse Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

When Roger Strang found that someone was killing his son—killing him horribly and often—he started investigating. He wasn't prepared to find the results of another investigation—this time about his own...


Sand Doom

by Murray Leinster Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The problem was as neat a circle as one could ask for; without repair parts, they couldn’t bring in the ship that carried the repair parts!


Dead Giveaway

by Randall Garrett Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Logic's a wonderful thing; by logical analysis, one can determine the necessary reason for the existence of a dead city of a very high order on an utterly useless planet. Obviously a shipping transfer point!...


Crossroads of Destiny

by Henry Beam Piper Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

No wonder he'd been so interested in the talk of whether our people accepted these theories!


The Vision Of Tom Chuff

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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"On the night I speak of he knocked at the door with his cudgel at about eight o’clock. It was winter, and the night was very dark. Had the summons been that of a bogie from the moor, the inmates of...


Ultor De Lacy: A Legend of Cappercullen

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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"In my youth I heard a great many Irish family traditions, more or less of a supernatural character, some of them very peculiar, and all, to a child at least, highly interesting. One of these I will...


Subversive

by Mack Reynolds Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

'Subversive'' is, in essence, a negative term--it means simply ''against the existent system.'' It doesn't mean subversives all agree...


Tangle Hold

by Floyd L. Wallace Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Jadiver objected to being the greatest influence for good on Venus ... because what was good for Venus was bad for Jadiver!


The Day of the Boomer Dukes

by Frederik Pohl Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Just as medicine is not a science, but rather an art--a device, practised in a scientific manner, in its best manifestations--time-travel stories are not science fiction. Time-travel, however, has become acceptable...


Survival Tactics

by Al Sevcik Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The robots were built to serve Man; to do his work, see to his comforts, make smooth his way. Then the robots figured out an additional service--putting Man out of his misery.


The Lost Room

by Fitz James O'Brien Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In the tale, the unnamed narrator relates a tale where he literally loses his room in a surreal situation that sounds more like a rather unpleasant version of Alice in Wonderland.


Beside Still Waters

by Robert Sheckley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

When people talk about getting away from it all, they are usually thinking about our great open spaces out west. But to science fiction writers, that would be practically in the heart of Times Square. When a...


Iron Wit

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Machines are constantly puzzled and saddened by people. "Why do they make us," the machines wonder, "and why do they give us such keen senses of humor when they seem to have none?"


Opener of the Ways

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"On a bright, crisp Saturday, Margaret walked through the dog park with Anubis. The jackal-headed guide of the dead, the prince of Magic, used his royal Ankh to scratch the parts of his back he couldn't reach...


The Dark Door

by Alan Nourse Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

It was almost dark when he awoke, and lay on the bed, motionless and trembling, his heart sinking in the knowledge that he should never have slept. For almost half a minute, eyes wide with fear, he lay in the...


The Mighty Dead

by William Campbell Gault Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

What would it be like to live in a world which has conquered the near planets but abolished all literature? Bill Gault gives us a look at a world like this—in a not too distant future which finds all our pressure...


The Plastic Elf of Extrusion Valley

by David McGillveray Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Strange things are afoot in the computer-controlled fabrication farms of Germany’s Altes Land…


Dog Boys

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Setting down his drink, Cormac Thomas Garfield runs his fingers over a deep scar on his chest. It's the site of his first harvesting, the reason he came to Austin all those years ago.


Laura Silver Bell

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Eerie tale about a young girl who falls in love with an evil supernatural Lord.


Forever

by Robert Sheckley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Of all the irksome, frustrating, maddening discoveries—was there no way of keeping it discovered?


Bolden's Pets

by Floyd L. Wallace Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The price of life was a life for a life—which was all the reward the victim looked for!


Hooking Up

by Tom Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

High school and evolution, VR space, artificial intelligence and the unrestrained id.


The Hand

by Gerald Allan Sohl Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Alice knew that Dobie was a good dog, even if he did have an alarming habit of hunting down rabbits and gophers. But one day he brought her— The Hand.


The Nameless City

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Nameless City" is a horror story written by H. P. Lovecraft in January 1921 and first published in the November 1921 issue of the amateur press journal The Wolverine. It is often considered the first Cthulhu...


Mate in Two Moves

by Winston K. Marks Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Murt's Virus was catastrophically lethal, but it killed in a way no disease had ever thought of—it loved its victims to death!


I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon

by Richard Sabia Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

He could truthfully say that he never hurt anybody. You know--like the eye of a hurricane? It never hurts anybody....


In the Orbit of Saturn

by Roman Frederick Starzl Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Disguised as a voluntary prisoner on a pirate space ship, an I. F. P. man penetrates the mystery of the dreaded "Solar Scourge."


Police Operation

by Henry Beam Piper Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Hunting down the beast, under the best of circumstances, was dangerous. But in this little police operation, the conditions required the use of inadequate means!


Still Life with Apocalypse

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"They're dragging another horse from the canal, its chestnut coat sheened bubblegum pink from the freon. Every night, more pools bubble to the surface from deep underground. Freon. Old engine oil. Heavy water...