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The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel

by A. E. W. Mason Feedbooks (March 29, 2020)

BOOK 2 IN THE INSPECTOR HANAUD SERIES, in which we again join Ricardo and Hanaud, this time in an ambiguous situation. A young, wealthy vagabond English man, Calladine, whom Ricardo knew before, hastily comes...


The Impossible Voyage Home

by Floyd L. Wallace Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The right question kept getting the wrong answer—but old Ethan and Amantha got the right answer by asking the wrong question!


Tillie

by Rog Phillips Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

She was just a blob of metal, but she had emotions like any woman. She, too, wanted ROMANCE, and wasn't coy about running after her "guy".


The Vision Of Tom Chuff

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

Excerpt:

"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)

Excerpt:

"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...


Off Course

by Mack Reynolds Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Shure and begorra, it was a great day for the Earth! The first envoy from another world was about to speak--that is, if he could forget that horse for a minute....


The Donnington Affair

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton Feedbooks (March 22, 2020)

In the October 1914 issue of the British magazine The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of this story, inviting a number of writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the...


Spawn of the Comet

by H. Thompson Rich Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A swarm of huge, fiery ants, brood of a mystery comet, burst from their shells to threaten the unsuspecting world.


The Ordeal of Colonel Johns

by George H. Smith Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Colonel Johns, that famous Revolutionary War hero, had the unique—and painful—experience of meeting his great-great-great-great granddaughter. Now maybe you can't change history, but what's there to prevent...


The God in the Box

by Sewell Peaslee Wright Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In the course of his Special Patrol duties Commander John Hanson resolves the unique and poignant mystery of "toma annerson."


Fifty Per Cent Prophet

by Randall Garrett Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

That he was a phony Swami was beyond doubt. That he was a genuine prophet, though, seemed ... but then, what's the difference between a dictator and a true prophet? So was he....


Shock Absorber

by E. G. von Wald Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A man acts on what he believes the facts are, not on the facts. He lives or dies by what the facts are. Now sometimes you don't have time to correct a man's beliefs, yet he must act correctly....


The Keeper

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

Evil men had stolen his treasure, and Raud set out with his deer rifle and his great dog Brave to catch the thieves before they could reach the Starfolk. That the men had negatron pistols meant little--Raud...


The Happy Unfortunate

by Robert Silverberg Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Dekker, back from space, found great physical changes in the people of Earth; changes that would have horrified him five years before. But now, he wanted to be like the rest--even if he had to lose an eye and...


The Winds of Time

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

He contracted for a charter trip— but the man who hired his spacer wasn't quite a man, it turned out—and he wanted more than service!


Prison of a Billion Years

by C.H. Thames Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Adam Slade was a man who had nothing to lose by making a break for it. The trouble was, he knew that no one had ever escaped from the— Prison of a Billion Years


Native Son

by T.D. Hamm Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Tommy hated Earth, knowing his mother might go home to Mars without him. Worse, would a robot secretly take her place?...


The Other Gods

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

Barzai the Wise, a high priest and prophet greatly learned in the lore of the "gods of earth", or Great Ones, attempts to scale the mountain of Hatheg-Kla in order to look upon their faces, accompanied by his...


The World That Couldn't Be

by Clifford Donald Simak Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Like every farmer on every planet, Duncan had to hunt down anything that damaged his crops—even though he was aware this was—The World That Couldn't Be.


The Valley

by Richard Stockham Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

If you can't find it countless millions of miles in space, come back to Earth. You might find it just on the other side of the fence—where the grass is always greener.


Schalken the Painter

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

Excerpt:

"My great grandfather knew the painter well; and from Schalken himself he learned the fearful story of the painting, and from him too he ultimately received the picture itself as a bequest. The story...


Control Group

by Roger D. Aycock Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Any problem posed by one group of human beings can be resolved by any other group." That's what the Handbook said. But did that include primitive humans? Or the Bees? Or a "Control Group"


Atoms of Empire

by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The wandering Englishman, the atom of empire, at sundry ends of the earth is not always good company in the flesh, but in Mr. Cutcliffe Hyne's stories he is good company. For the reader is not in the position...


Arm of the Law

by Harry Harrison Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

At one time—this was before the Robot Restriction Laws—they'd even allowed them to make their own decisions....


The House from Nowhere

by Arthur G. Stangland Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Time-travel continues to exercise its mesmeric fascination upon writers, readers and editors of science fiction alike. Probably because almost all of us, at one time or another, have longed greatly to visit...


The Gifts of Asti

by Andre Alice Norton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Varta, the last priestess of Asti, lives alone with Lur, a telepath of the lizardfolk, in Asti's isolated mountain retreat. Decadent Memphir has long since drifted away from the austere paths of Asti, and now...


The Telenizer

by Don Thompson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Langston had technicolor delusions; inanimate objects came alive in his hands; THEY were persecuting him, out to get him ... what a relief it was to know he wasn't going insane!