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Station X

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 3

G. McLeod Winsor

A radio operator receives a message from Venusians, warning of an impending invasion by Martians. The Martains are capable of transferring their minds, and would simply take over the bodies of people on Earth. The Martians begin by taking over a naval vessel, outfitting it with antigravity and advanced weaponry. Fortunately, the vessel is defeated and the invasion is repelled.

We

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 4

Yevgeny Zamyatin

In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity - until D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul.

Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, "We" is the classic dystopian novel and was the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984. It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom, yet is also a powerful, exciting and vivid work of science fiction.

The Shape of Things to Come

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 5

H. G. Wells

A prescient look at humankind's future

When a diplomat dies in the 1930s, he leaves behind a book of "dream visions" he has been experiencing, detailing events that will occur on Earth for the next 200 years. This fictional account of the future (similar to Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon) proved prescient in many ways, as Wells predicts events such as World War II, the rise of chemical warfare, and climate change.

Tales and Stories

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 6

Mary Shelley

Contents:

  • The Mortal Immortal - (1833) - shortstory
  • Transformation - (1830) - shortstory (variant of The Transformation)
  • The Pilgrims - (1838) - novelette
  • The Elder Son - (1835) - novelette
  • Euphrasia - (1839) - shortstory
  • The Pole - (1832) - novelette
  • The Parvenue - (1836) - shortstory
  • The Brother and Sister - (1833) - novelette
  • The Invisible Girl - (1832) - shortstory
  • The Swiss Peasant - (1830) - novelette
  • A Tale of the Passions: or, The Death of Despina - (1822) - novelette
  • The False Rhyme - (1830) - shortstory
  • The Mourner - (1830) - novelette
  • The Dream - (1831) - shortstory
  • The Evil Eye - (1830) - novelette
  • Ferdinando Eboli - (1828) - novelette
  • Introduction (Tales and Stories) - (1891) - essay by Richard Garnett
  • Introduction (Tales and Stories) - (1975) - essay by Joanna Russ

The Science Fiction of Jack London

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 7

Jack London

Jack London is one of a number of important American authors who wrote science fiction in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His works include future war stories, social projections, wonderful inventions and evolutionary fantasies. This original anthology includes London's famous short novels: The Scarlet Plague, a post-catastrophe story in which the lone survivor of a terrible plague in the twenty-first century unsuccessully tries to warn the youth of a primitive tribe about man's potential for self-destruction; and The Red One, which concerns an alien object, perhaps a spaceship, which came to earth thousands of years ago and is still worshipped by savages as a God. Nine shorter science fiction pieces round out the anthology to demonstrate London's very definite place in the history and development of science fiction.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction · Richard Gid Powers
  • "A Relic of the Pliocene" · Colliers Jan 12 '01
  • "The Minions of Midas" · Pearson's Magazine (US) May '01
  • "The Shadow and the Flash" · The Bookman Jun '03
  • "A Curious Fragment" · Town Topics Dec 10 '08
  • "Goliah" · The Bookman Feb '10
  • "The Dream of Debs" · The International Socialist Review Jan '09
  • "The Unparalleled Invasion" · McClure's Jul '10
  • "When the World Was Young" · The Saturday Evening Post Sep 10 '10
  • "The Strength of the Strong" · Hampton's Mar '11
  • "The Scarlet Plague" · The London Magazine Jun '12
  • Illustrations to "The Scarlet Plague" · Gordon Grant
  • "The Red One" · Cosmopolitan Oct '18

War with the Newts

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 9

Karel Capek

One of the great anti-utopian satires of the twentieth century, an inspiration to writers from Orwell to Vonnegut, at last in a modern translation. Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that the newts gain skills and arms enough to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom. Along the way, Karel Capek satirizes science, runaway capitalism, fascism, journalism, militarism, even Hollywood.

The Stars My Destination

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 10

Alfred Bester

Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel which had ignored his distress calls and left him to die.

When it comes to pop culture, Alfred Bester (1913-1987) is something of an unsung hero. He wrote radio scripts, screenplays, and comic books (in which capacity he created the original Green Lantern Oath). But Bester is best known for his science-fiction novels, and The Stars My Destination may be his finest creation. With its sly potshotting at corporate skullduggery, The Stars My Destination seems utterly contemporary, and has maintained its status as an underground classic for fifty years. (Bester fans should also note that iPicturebooks has reprinted The Demolished Man, which won the very first Hugo Award in 1953.)

Alfred Bester was among the first important authors of contemporary science fiction. His passionate novels of worldly adventure, high intellect, and tremendous verve, The Stars My Destination and the Hugo Award winning The Demolished Man, established Bester as a s.f. grandmaster, a reputation that was ratified by the Science Fiction Writers of America shortly before his death. Bester also was an acclaimed journalist for Holiday magazine, a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and even a writer for Superman.

The Moon Hoax

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 12

Richard Adams Locke

The Moon Hoax: or, A Discovery that the Moon Has a Vast Population of Human Beings.

"The Great Moon Hoax" refers to a series of six articles that were published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. They were later collected into the book The Moon Hoax. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best-known astronomers of his time.

The story was advertised on August 21, 1835, as an upcoming feature allegedly reprinted from The Edinburgh Courant. The first in a series of six was published four days later on August 25.

The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids ("Vespertilio-homo") who built temples. There were trees, oceans and beaches. These discoveries were supposedly made with "an immense telescope of an entirely new principle."

The author of the narrative was ostensibly Dr. Andrew Grant, the travelling companion and amanuensis of Sir John Herschel, but Grant was fictitious.

Eventually, the authors announced that the observations had been terminated by the destruction of the telescope, by means of the Sun causing the lens to act as a "burning glass," setting fire to the observatory.

Three Hundred Years Hence

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 13

Mary Griffith

Three Hundred Years Hence is a utopian science fiction novel by author Mary Griffith. It is the first known utopian novel written by an American woman.

In Three Hundred Years Hence envisiones a feminist future in the year 2135.

The book is set in Philadelphia.

The main character, Edgar Hastings, leaves on a business trip but is frozen in a snow storm.

Thee hundred years later, he is discovered, thawed out and wakes up. He finds the improvements taken place since his accident amazing. The improved conditions are due entirely to the changes that took place when all females were given an education.

Horror on the Asteroid and Other Tales of Planetary Horror

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 14

Edmond Hamilton

Contents:

  • The Accursed Galaxy - (1935) - shortstory
  • The Earth-Brain - (1932) - novelette
  • The Horror on the Asteroid - (1933) - shortstory
  • The Man Who Evolved - (1931) - shortstory
  • The Man Who Saw Everything - (1933) - shortstory
  • The Monster-God of Mamurth - (1926) - shortstory
  • Introduction (The Horror on the Asteroid) - (1975) - essay by Gerry de la Ree

The Crystal Button or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 16

Chauncey Thomas

About the Book (written by David Hartwell): The utopia Chauncey Thomas describes in The Crystal Button may seem a remarkable vision for a late nineteenth-century Boston carriage-manufacturer writing in his spare time.

His hero, Paul Prognosis, goes into a coma for ten years after an accident and dreams that he is in the city of Tone (new Boston) in 4872, three thousand years in the future. It is a highly sanitized, perfectly organized world with sumptuous architecture - colonnades, triumphal arches, facades alive with sculptured decorations. Paul is filled with wonder by the way things work, and much of the novel is devoted to the operations of pure science - Tone's subway system for example, in which electricity and compressed air are the energy sources for rapid transit.

Unlike most utopian novelists Thomas does not moralize, though he faces an awkward paradox in the combination of stability and technology: everything must be changed but also remain permanent. All through the novel there are hints of unresolved anxieties which culminates when the comet Veda appears off schedule and destroys the ordered world of Tone, returning Paul to consciousness in the present.

The Doomsman

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 17

Van Tassel Sutphen

The state of civilization in 2015 New York will closely resemble that of England in the early days of Saxon settlement -- primitive people will dwell sparsely in patriarchal stockades and will fight and hunt with bow and arrow.

The Land of the Changing Sun

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 18

Will N. Harben

The Land of the Changing Sun (1894), is a Lost-World tale featuring an Underground society named Alpha, which the author seems to have conceived of as a Utopia; founded 200 years earlier under the Arctic - in caverns, however, not inside a Hollow Earth - by a group of inventive Englishmen, it is lit and heated by an artificial sun, which moves on tracks and changes colour pleasingly. A cruel Eugenic regime causes the exiling of any person deemed defective. Intruding magma threatens this world, and its inhabitants decide to evacuate Alpha in advanced submarines.

To The End Of Time

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 19

Olaf Stapledon

Contents:

  • Last and First Men - (1930) - novel
  • Odd John - (1935) - novel
  • Sirius: A Fantasy of Love and Discord - (1944) - novel
  • Star Maker - (1937) - novel
  • The Flames - (1947) - novella (variant of The Flames: A Fantasy)
  • The Vision of Olaf Stapledon - (1953) - essay by Basil Davenport
  • Introduction (To the End of Time) - (1975) - essay by Curtis C. Smith

A Voyage to the Moon

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 20

George Tucker

A Voyage to the Moon: With Some Account of the Manners and Customs, Science and Philosophy of the People of Morosofia, and Other Lunarians.

Joseph Atterley of New York, finding himself in the doldrums after the death of his wife, resolves in 1822 to undertake a sea voyage to the Far East on one of his father's merchant ships. In the Indian Ocean the ship is caught by a mighty cyclone and driven ashore somewhere in the Burmese Empire. Mistaking the Americans for their enemies the British, the Burmese take Atterley and the crew captive. Atterley is eventually placed under rather loose house arrest, which allows him to meet and befriend a reclusive Indian Brahman who lives in the nearby hills. One day the Brahman reveals an astonishing secret: he knows how to build a machine to fly to the moon, and has already been there and back twice.

The Dragon Masters

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 21

Jack Vance

The race of man is growing old, but it's not yet ready to die - not while there are dragons still to kill!

The cross-bred dragon armies of the Men of Aerlith are the most appalling horrors ever to threaten the sanity of our future:

Termagents ~ three hundred reptilian giants with six legs apiece, the most fecund breeders of them all

Jugglers ~ eighteen of them, growling amongst themselves, waiting for an opportunity to snap off a leg from any unwary groom

Murderers (striding and long-horned) ~ eighty-five of each, with scaly tails and eyes like crystals

Fiends ~ fifty-two powerful monsters, their tails tipped with spike steel balls

Blue Horrors, Basics, Spider Dragons...

Venus Plus X

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 22

Theodore Sturgeon

Charlie Johns has been snatched from his home on 61 North 34th Street and delivered to the strange future world of Ledom. Here, violence is a vague and improbable notion. Technology has triumphed over hunger, overpopulation, pollution, even time and space. But there is a change Charlie finds even more shocking: gender is a thing of the past. Venus Plus X is Theodore Sturgeon's brilliant evocation of a civilization for whom tensions between male and female and the human preoccupation with sex no longer exist.

As Charlie Johns explores Ledom and its people, he finds that the human precepts he holds dear are profane in this new world. But has Charlie learned all there is to know about this advanced society? And why are the Ledom so intent on gaining Charlie's approval? Unsettling, compelling, and no less than visionary, here is science fiction at its boldest: a novel whose wisdom and lyricism make it one of the most original and insightful speculations on gender ever produced.

Babel-17

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 24

Samuel R. Delany

Babel-17, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy's deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack.

For the first time, Babel-17 is published as the author intended with the short novel Empire Star, the tale of Comet Jo, a simple-minded teen thrust into a complex galaxy when he's entrusted to carry a vital message to a distant world. Spellbinding and smart, both novels are testimony to Delany's vast and singular talent.

Dark Universe

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 25

Daniel F. Galouye

The survivors live underground, as far from the Original World as possible and protected from the ultimate evil, Radiation. Then terrible monsters, who bring with them a screaming silence, are seen and people start to disappear. One young man realises he must question the nature of Darkness itself.

Rite of Passage

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 26

Alexei Panshin

After the destruction of Earth, humanity has established itself precariously among a hundred planets. Between them roam the vast Ships, doling out scientific knowledge in exchange for raw materials. On one of the Ships lives Mia Havero. Belligerent soccer player, intrepid explorer of ventilation shafts, Mia tests all the boundaries of her insulated world. She will soon be tested in turn. At the age of fourteen all Ship children must endure a month unaided in the wilds of a colony world, and although Mia has learned much through formal study, about philosophy, economics, and the business of survival, she will find that her most vital lessons are the ones she must teach herself.

Published originally in 1968, Alexei Panshin's Nebula Award-winning classic has lost none of its relevance, with its keen exploration of societal stagnation and the resilience of youth.

The Battle of the Monsters and Other Stories

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 28

David G. Hartwell

Contents:

  • vii - Introduction (The Battle of the Monsters and Other Stories) - (1976) - essay by David G. Hartwell and L. W. Currey
  • 1 - The Secret of Apollonius Septrio - (1878) - novelette by Leonard Kip
  • 69 - The Repairer of Reputations - [The King In Yellow] - (1895) - novelette by Robert W. Chambers
  • 119 - The Monster-Maker - (1887) - shortstory by W. C. Morrow (variant of The Surgeon's Experiment)
  • 153 - The Battle of the Monsters - (1899) - shortstory by Morgan Robertson
  • 167 - A Thousand Deaths - (1889) - shortstory by Jack London
  • 179 - The End of the World - (1903) - shortstory by Simon Newcomb
  • 197 - The Battle for the Pacific: Sorakichi-Prometheus - (1976) - shortstory by Rowan Stevens
  • 223 - Harry Borden's Naval Monster: A Ship of the Air - (1908) - shortstory by William J. Henderson

The Science Fiction of Frank R. Stockton

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 29

Frank R. Stockton

Contents:

  • Introduction (The Science Fiction of Frank R. Stockton) - (1976) - essay by Richard Gid Powers
  • The Great Stone of Sardis - (1898) - novel
  • A Tale of Negative Gravity - (1884) - novelette
  • My Translatophone - (1900) - novelette
  • My Terminal Moraine - (1892) - novelette
  • The Knife That Killed Po Hancy - (1893) - novelette
  • Amos Kilbright: His Adscititious Experiences - (1888) - novelette
  • The Water-Devil - (1874) - novelette

Isle of the Dead

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 30

Roger Zelazny

Centuries in the future, Francis Sandow is the only man alive who was born as long ago as the 20th century. His body is kept young and in perfect health by advanced scientific methods; he has amassed such a fortune that he can own entire planets; and he has become a god. No, not a god of Earth, but one of the panetheon of the alien Pei'ans: he is Shimbo of Darktree, Shrugger of Thunders. Yet he doesn't believe that his personality has merged with the ancient consciousness of Shimbo, that he really can call down the skies upon his enemies. The time comes, however, when Francis Sandow must use these powers against the most dangerous antagonist in the universe: another Pei'an god -- Shimbo's own enemy, Belion. And Belion has no doubt whatever of his own powers....

Hothouse / The Long Afternoon of Earth

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 31

Brian W. Aldiss

In the future, when the Sun has expanded and is ready to go nova, few animal species remain while plants have adapted to fill animal niches. One of the few species to survive are humans, but in much-altered forms. It is here where young tribal Gren finds himself captured by an intelligent fungus with plans to colonize humans to control the world! Hothouse tells the story of a remarkable journey of discovery that will alter your perceptions about the true nature of the world today... and the world to come!

Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 32

James Tiptree, Jr.

A collection of 15 masterpieces by one of the brightest stars in the science fiction firmament, tales of wit, wonder and adventure - with a touch of something strange...

Contents:

  • Introduction - (1976) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction - (1973) - essay by Harry Harrison
  • And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side - (1972) - shortstory
  • The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone - (1969) - shortstory
  • The Peacefulness of Vivyan - (1971) - shortstory
  • Mama Come Home - (1975) - novelette (variant of The Mother Ship 1968)
  • Help - (1973) - novelette (variant of Pupa Knows Best 1968)
  • Painwise - (1972) - novelette
  • Faithful to Thee, Terra, in Our Fashion - (1973) - novelette (variant of Parimutuel Planet 1969)
  • The Man Doors Said Hello To - (1970) - shortstory
  • The Man Who Walked Home - (1972) - shortstory
  • Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket - (1972) - shortstory
  • I'll Be Waiting for You When the Swimming Pool is Empty - (1971) - shortstory
  • I'm Too Big but I Love to Play - (1970) - novelette
  • Birth of a Salesman - (1968) - shortstory
  • Mother in the Sky With Diamonds - (1971) - novelette
  • Beam Us Home - (1969) - shortstory

And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side - Exogamy, the desire to mate with the new and different has been a primary force in human evolution - but when the object of that desire is not merely different, but alien...

The Man Who Walked Home - The first Chrononaut moved step by step from the far future toward a present whose past was in the future, and whose future was his past.

I'm Too Big But I Love To Play - Genuine communication between human and alien implies that one must transform himself into an analog of the other. And when that transformation is complete...

Solar Lottery

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 33

Philip K. Dick

Originally appeared in Ace Double D-103 (1955).

The operating principle was random selection: positions of public power were decided by a sophisticated lottery. Everyone had a chance, everyone could live in hope that they would be chosen to be the boss, the Quizmaster. But with the power came the game - the assassination game - which everyone could watch on TV. Would the new man be good enough to avoid his chosen killer? Which made for fascinating and exciting viewing, compelling enough to distract the public's attention while the Big Five industrial complexes run the world, the solar system and the people, unnoticed and completely unopposed. Then, in 2203, with the choice of a member of a maverick cult as Quizmaster, the system developed a little hitch...

Man Abroad: A Yarn of Some Other Century

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 34

Anonymous

A fantastic classic science fiction tale from an anonymous late-19th century author. In a far-flung future, humanity has colonised the solar system. The story is set against a background of interplanetary war, with mighty electric spaceships riding the inter-system electric currents to battle in epic space warfare.

The Steel Crocodile

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 35

D. G. Compton

Human crisis in a computer world.

Rear cover synopsis:

"Bohn, the omnipotent computer whose flashing circuits and messianic pronouncements dictate what tomorrow will--or will not--be.

But Matthew Oliver is flesh and blood and full of questions--not nearly as certain as the machine he's appointed to serve.

And the right hand of science seldom knows what the left hand is doing..."

The Inheritors

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 36

Joseph Conrad
Ford Madox Ford

This novel was conceived in the heated and controversial politics of Britain at the turn of the century. Arthur Granger, an aristocratic and unsuccessful novelist, betrays the ideals he prides himself on for the unrequited love of a young woman. And no ordinary woman, she, but an ethereal, goddess-like, nameless agent from a strange world.

Star: Psi Cassiopeia

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 37

C. I. Defontenay

Eleven years before Jules Verne took his readers to the Moon, 40 years before Wells devised the Time Machine, nearly a century before Tolkien published Lord Of The Rings, Charles Defontenay wrote the imaginary history of an entire star system located in the far off constellation of Cassiopeia.

Long before science fiction writers dreamed of interstellar travels, alien races and the colonization of other planets, in 1854, on the eve of the Crimean War, Charles Defontenay penned the first modern "space opera".

STAR is a treasure chest of alien lore, the history of a world and its varied species, their rise and fall, triumphs and failures. It includes samples of their literature, arts and moral codes. Above all, it is a visionary work without precedent in the history of science fiction.

Star describes the discovery in the Himalayas of a stone that has fallen from the sky. After opening it, it turns out to contain a metal box where the narrator finds some paper manuscripts. After two years of study, he managed to decipher them and finds out that they describe the alien societies of various humanoid races living in the constellation of Cassiopeia.

The Jewels of Aptor

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 38

Samuel R. Delany

Originally appeared in Ace Double F-173 (1962).

When Argo, the White Goddess, orders it Geo, the itinerant poet, and his three disparate companions journey to the island of Aptor to seize a jewel from the dark god, Hama, and return it to Argo so that she may defeat the malign forces ranged against her and the land of Leptar

But, as the four push deep into the enigmatic heart of Aptor and the easy distinctions between good and evil start to blur, their mission no longer seems straightforward. For Argo already controls two of the precious stones and possession of the third would make her power absolute. And the four friends have learned that power tends to corrupt...

334

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 39

Thomas M. Disch

334, the city street address of a place where time pivots forward and backward, is the setting of a unique odyssey through human history.

Pharoah's Broker

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 40

Ellsworth Douglass

Pharaoh's Broker: Being the Very Remarkable Experiences in Another World of Isidor Werner (Written by Himself).

This novel, publishsed in 1899, is an interplanetary romance set on Mars. Parallel Evolution has resulted in a society almost identical to that of Egypt in the time of Joseph. In the end the hero, having been a grain-broker in Chicago, is able to take on Joseph's role.

The Body Snatchers

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 41

Jack Finney

On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved -- the world as he knew it.

First published in 1955, this classic thriller of the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired three major motion pictures.

Also published as Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The Big Time

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 42

Fritz Leiber

Have you ever worried about your memory, because it doesn't seem to recall exactly the same past from one day to the next? Have you ever thought that the whole universe might be a crazy, mixed-up dream? If you have, then you've had hints of the Change War.

It's been going on for a billion years and it will last another billion or so. Up and down the timeline, the two sides--"Spiders" and "Snakes"--battle endlessly to change the future and the past. Our lives, our memories, are their battleground. And in the midst of the war is the Place, outside space and time, where Greta Forzane and the other Entertainers provide solace and r-&-r for tired time warriors.

Iter Lunaire

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 44

David Russen

Iter Lunare; Or, A Voyage to the Moon, Containing Some Considerations on the Nature of That Planet, the Possibility of Getting Thither, with Other Pleasant Conceits About the Inhabitants, Their Manners, and Customs.

Originally published in 1703, Iter Lunaire is one of the first books to discuss the real possibility of exploring space, the methods of doing so and what might be found there.

Taking Cyrano De Bergerac's classic "Comic History" Voyage to the Moon (1657) and Francis Godwin's novel The Man in the Moone (1638) as jump-off points, author Russen discusses the pros and cons of the French writer's fanciful methods of space travel... and adds some of his own, including what may be the most unusual method of traveling to the Moon ever suggested. Along the way, Russen anticipates such modern scientific developments as the germ theory of disease and hyperlinked reference books.

Modern Science Fiction

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 45

Norman Spinrad

Contents:

  • Introduction - (1976) - essay by Thomas D. Clareson
  • Foreword - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • Introduction - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • The Golden Age - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • Twilight - (1934) - shortstory by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • The Enchanted Village - (1960) - shortstory by A. E. van Vogt
  • Helen O'Loy - (1938) - shortstory by Lester del Rey
  • Nightfall - (1941) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • The Postwar Awakening - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • The Star - (1955) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Affair with a Green Monkey - (1957) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Stranger Station - (1956) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • The Cold Equations - (1954) - novelette by Tom Godwin
  • The Marching Morons - (1951) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • 5,271,009 - (1954) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • The Full Flowering - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • The Voices of Time - (1960) - novelette by J. G. Ballard
  • The Pleasure Garden of Felipe Sagittarius - (1965) - shortstory by Michael Moorcock
  • No Direction Home - (1971) - shortstory by Norman Spinrad
  • Descending - (1964) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • For a Breath I Tarry - (1966) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • Don't Wash the Carats - (1968) - shortstory by Philip José Farmer
  • Faith of Our Fathers - (1967) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Aye, and Gomorrah... - (1967) - shortstory by Samuel R. Delany
  • At the Mouse Circus - (1971) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • In Entropy's Jaws - (1971) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • Nine Lives - (1969) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Additional Significant Works of Speculative Fiction - (1974) - essay by uncredited

Armageddon: A Tale of Love, War, and Invention

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 47

Stanley Waterloo

In Armageddon: A Tale of Love, War, and Invention (1898), Anglo-American supremacy over the rest of the world is achieved through the use of an armoured dirigible Airship in a near-future Future War.

The Dream Master

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 48

Roger Zelazny

Charles Render is a shaper, one of a small number of psychotherapists qualified, by his granite will and ultra-stability, to use the extraordinary device that enables him to to participate in, and control, his patients' dreams. But this is a dangerous therapy for the therapist and only his armour-plated integrity protects Render from too deep an involvement in the mental worlds of the damaged people he seeks to help. But then, Eileen Shallot, another therapist who is blind, asks him to help her 'see' by transferring from his mind to hers a world of colour and light. Render agrees but suddenly finds himself obsessed with Eileen and drawn into fantasies which, she controls.

The Cosmic Rape and To Marry Medusa

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 51

Theodore Sturgeon

Contents:

  • v - Introduction (The Cosmic Rape) - (1977) - essay by Samuel R. Delany
  • 1 - The Cosmic Rape - (1958) - novel
  • 161 - To Marry Medusa - (1958) - novella

Dr. Bloodmoney: or, How We Got Along After the Bomb

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 52

Philip K. Dick

Dr. Bloodmoney is a post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece filled with a host of Dick's most memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConchie and Bonnie Keller, two unremarkable people bent the survival of goodness in a world devastated by evil. Epic and alluring, this brilliant novel is a mesmerizing depiction of Dick's undying hope in humanity.

The Devil Is Dead

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 54

R. A. Lafferty

R A Lafferty is a spinner of grand fantasies, a creator of fine lies, one of the great story tellers of science fiction. Here he tells us of an astonishing band of adventurers seeking the Devil himself. It is a tale of demons and changelings, monsters and mermaids - and of how it is not always serious to die the first time it happens...

Now read on...

The Female Man

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 56

Joanna Russ

It's influenced William Gibson and been listed as one of the ten essential works of science fiction. Most importantly, Joanna Russ's THE FEMALE MAN is a suspenseful, surprising and darkly witty chronicle of what happens when Jeannine, Janet, Joanna, and Jael--four alternate selves from drastically different realities--meet.

Nova

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 57

Samuel R. Delany

Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor of the 32nd century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty cobbling together an alluring crew that includes a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel.

What the crew doesn't know, though, is that Lorq's quest is actually fueled by a private revenge so consuming that he'll stop at nothing to achieve it.

In the grandest manner of speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity's oldest truths and enduring myths.

The Iron Dream

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 58

Norman Spinrad

"IF WAGNER WROTE SCIENCE FICTION THIS IS THE WAY HE WOULD DO IT." -- Harry Harrison

Renowned science fiction writer Adolf Hitler's Hugo Award winning novel!

Ferric Jaggar mounted the platform. A swastika of flame twenty feet high stood out in glory against the night sky behind him, bathing him in heroic firelight, flashing highlights off the brightwork of his gleaming black leather uniform, setting his powerful eyes ablaze. "I hold in my hand the Great Truncheon of Held. I dedicate myself to the repurification of all Heldon with blood and iron, and to the extension of the dominion of True Humanity over the face of the entire Earth! Never will we rest until the last mutant gene is swept from the face of the planet!"

Set in a post-nuclear holocaust world, a novel which traces the rise to power of one Feric Jaggar, an exile among mutants and mongrels to absolute rule in the Fatherland of Truemen.

With an afterword by James Sallis.

The Genocides

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 59

Thomas M. Disch

This spectacular novel established Thomas M. Disch as a major new force in science fiction. First published in 1965, it was immediately labeled a masterpiece reminiscent of the works of J.G. Ballard and H.G. Wells

In this harrowing novel, the world's cities have been reduced to cinder and ash and alien plants have overtaken the earth. The plants, able to grow the size of maples in only a month and eventually reach six hundred feet, have commandeered the world's soil and are sucking even the Great Lakes dry. In northern Minnesota, Anderson, an aging farmer armed with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, desperately leads the reduced citizenry of a small town in a daily struggle for meager existence. Throw into this fray Jeremiah Orville, a marauding outsider bent on a bizarre and private revenge, and the fight to live becomes a daunting task.

Counter-Clock World

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 61

Philip K. Dick

In Counter-Clock World, time has begun moving backward. People greet each other with "goodbye," blow smoke into cigarettes, and rise from the dead. When one of those rising dead is the famous and powerful prophet Anarch Peak, a number of groups start a mad scramble to find him first-but their motives are not exactly benevolent because Anarch Peak may just be worth more dead than alive, and these groups will do whatever they must to send him back to the grave.

What would you do if your long-dead relatives started coming back? Who would take care of them? And what if they preferred being dead? In Counter-Clock World, one of Dick's most theological and philosophical novels, these troubling questions are addressed; though, as always, you may have to figure out the answers yourself.

The Game-Players of Titan

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 62

Philip K. Dick

Philip K Dick's classic dystopian novel set in the future where the remaining human survivors on Earth must gamble for their future with aliens from Titan, one of the moons circling Saturn.

Roaming the pristine landscape of Earth, cared for by machines and aliens, the few remaining humans alive since the war with Titan play Bluff, allowing them to win or lose property and also form new marriages in order to maximise the remote chance some pairings will produce a child. When Pete Garden, a particularly suicidal member of the Pretty Blue Fox game-playing group, loses his current wife and his deed to Berkeley, he stumbles upon a far bigger, more sinister version of the game.

The telepathic, slug-like Vugs of Titan are the players and at stake is the Earth itself. The Game-Players of Titan is a brilliantly conceived vision of a future dystopia, full of imaginative detail, moments of pure humour and thought-provoking musings on the nature of perception, as the seemingly straightforward narrative soon turns into a tumultuous nightmare of delusion, precognition and conspiracy.

Ubik

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 63

Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.

The Shrinking Man

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 65

Richard Matheson

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous--until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

Subsequently re-published as The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Eye in the Sky

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 67

Philip K. Dick

While sightseeing at the Belmont Bevatron, Jack Hamilton, along with seven others, is caught in a lab accident. When he regains consciousness, he is in a fantasy world of Old Testament morality gone awry-a place of instant plagues, immediate damnations, and death to all perceived infidels. Hamilton figures out how he and his compatriots can escape this world and return to their own, but first they must pass through three other vividly fantastical worlds, each more perilous and hilarious than the one before.

Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 68

Philip K. Dick

The Three Stigmata hid a secret that could transform the world - or end it...

When the mysterious Palmer Eldritch returned from a distant galaxy, he claimed to have brought a gift for mankind. Chew-Z was a drug capable of transporting people into an illusory world, a world the could linger in for years wihout losing a second of Earth time. For the lonely colonists living out their dreary term on Mars, here was the ultimate trip, a pastime that could deliver immortality, wish fulfillment... the twin-power over time and space.

But in return, Palmer Eldritch exacted a terrible price. He would enter, control and be a god in everyone's private universe - a universe from which there was no escape, not even death...