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The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk

Dafydd ab Hugh

Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1990. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection (1991), edited by Gardner Dozois, and Nebula Awards 26 (1992), edited by James Morrow.

Flat Diane

Daniel Abraham

Nebula nominated novelette. Originally pulished in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October-November 2004. It can also be found in the anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2012) Jeff and Ann VanderMeer and the collection Leviathan Wept and Other Stories (2010).

Hunter's Run

Daniel Abraham
Gardner Dozois
George R. R. Martin

Running from poverty and hopelessness, Ramón Espejo boarded one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the new life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he abandoned. Then one night his rage and too much alcohol get the better of him. Deadly violence ensues, forcing Ramón to flee into the wilderness.

Mercifully, almost happily alone—far from the loud, bustling hive of humanity that he detests with sociopathic fervor—the luckless prospector is finally free to search for the one rich strike that could make him wealthy. But what he stumbles upon instead is an advanced alien race in hiding: desperate fugitives, like him, on a world not their own. Suddenly in possession of a powerful, dangerous secret and caught up in an extraordinary manhunt on a hostile, unpredictable planet, Ramón must first escape . . . and then, somehow, survive.

And his deadliest enemy is himself.

Leviathan Wept

Daniel Abraham

This short story originally appeared on Sci Fiction, July 7, 2004. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection (2005), edited by Gardner Dozois, and Telling Tales: The Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology (2013), edited by Ellen Datlow. The story is included in the collection Leviathan Wept and Other Stories (2010).

Leviathan Wept and Other Stories

Daniel Abraham

What if you had a holocaust and nobody came?

Imagine a father who has sent his child's soul voyaging and seen it go astray. Or a backyard tale from the 1001 American Nights. Macbeth re-imagined as a screwball comedy. Three extraordinary economic tasks performed by a small expert in currency exchange that risk first career and then life and then soul.

From the disturbing beauty of 'Flat Diane' (Nebula-nominee, International Horror Guild award-winner) to the idiosyncratic vision of 'The Cambist and Lord Iron' (Hugo- and World Fantasy-nominee), Daniel Abraham has been writing some of the most enjoyable and widely admired short fiction in the genre for over a decade.

Ranging from high fantasy to hard science fiction, screwball comedy to gut-punching tragedy, Daniel Abraham's stories never fail to be intelligent, compassionate, thoughtful, and humane. Leviathan Wept and Other Stories is the first collection of his short works, including selections from both the well-known and the rare.

Table of Contents:

  • A Hunter in Arin-Qin - (2010) - shortfiction by Daniel Abraham
  • As Sweet - (2001) - shortfiction by Daniel Abraham
  • Exclusion - (2001) - shortstory by Daniel Abraham
  • Flat Diane - (2004) - novelette by Daniel Abraham
  • Leviathan Wept - (2004) - shortstory by Daniel Abraham
  • The Best Monkey - (2009) - novelette by Daniel Abraham
  • The Cambist and Lord Iron - (2007) - shortfiction by Daniel Abraham
  • The Curandero and the Swede - shortfiction by Daniel Abraham
  • The Support Technician Tango - (2007) - novelette by Daniel Abraham

Shadow Twin

George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois
Daniel Abraham

Shadow Twin is a 120 page novella by Gardner Dozois, George R.R. Martin, and Daniel Abraham. Gardner began the novella in the 1970s, handed it off to George in the 1980s, who, in turn, called upon Daniel Abraham to add the finishing touches.

This novella has been expanded into the novel Hunter's Run.

The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics

Daniel Abraham

Hugo and WFA nominated novelette. It was first published in Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, edited by John Klima (2007). It can also be found in the anthologies Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition, edited by Rich Horton, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Two (2008), edited by Jonathan Strahan and The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection (2008), edited by Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant and Ellen Datlow. I is also included in the collection Leviathan Wept and Other Stories (2010).

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed Magazine.

The Mocking Tower

Daniel Abraham

This novelette originally appeared in the anthology The Book of Swords (2017), edited by Gardner Dozois. It can also be found in the anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Twelve (2018), edited by Jonathan Strahan.

The Support Technician Tango

Daniel Abraham

Novelette originally published in the Fall 2007 issue of Subterranean Magazine. It can also be found in the collection Leviathan Wept and Other Stories (2010).

Read the full story for free at Subterranean Magazine.

Armored

John Joseph Adams

Armor up for a metal-pounding explosion of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers--including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnett, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell--on a future warrior that might very well be just around the corner. Science fiction readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits of powered combat armor or at the interior controls of giant mechs.

It's an armor-plated clip of hard-hitting tales featuring exoskeleton adventure with fascinating takes on possible future armors ranging from the style of personal power suits seen in Starship Troopers and Halo to the servo-controlled bipedal beast-mech style encountered in Mechwarrior and Battletech.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword (Armored) - essay by Orson Scott Card
  • Introduction (Armored) - essay by John Joseph Adams
  • The Johnson Maneuver - short story by William H. Keith, Jr.
  • Hel's Half-Acre - short story by John G. Hemry
  • Jungle Walkers - novelette by David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell
  • The Last Run of the Coppelia - novelette by Genevieve Valentine
  • Death Reported of Last Surviving Veteran of Great War - short story by Dan Abnett
  • The Cat's Pajamas - novelette by Jack McDevitt
  • Find Heaven and Hell in the Smallest Things - novelette by Simon R. Green
  • Power Armor: A Love Story - short story by David Barr Kirtley
  • The Last Days of the Kelly Gang - short story by David D. Levine
  • Field Test - short story by Michael A. Stackpole
  • Trauma Pod - short story by Alastair Reynolds
  • Contained Vacuum - short story by David Sherman
  • You Do What You Do - short story by Tanya Huff
  • Nomad - novelette by Karin Lowachee
  • Human Error - short story by John Jackson Miller
  • Transfer of Ownership - short story by Christie Yant
  • Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine - novelette by Ethan Skarstedt and Brandon Sanderson
  • Don Quixote - short story by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Poacher - short story by Wendy N. Wagner and Jak Wagner
  • The Green - short story by Lauren Beukes
  • Sticks and Stones - short story by Robert Buettner
  • Helmet - short story by Daniel H. Wilson
  • The N-Body Solution - novelette by Sean Williams

Anna to the Infinite Power

Mildred Ames

A 12-year-old math whiz accidentally learns the startling facts about her true identity and her role in an important secret experiment.

Beastmarks

A. A. Attanasio

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - essay
  • Nuclear Tan - short story
  • Over the Rainbow - short story
  • The Last Dragon Master - short story
  • Monkey Puzzle - short story
  • Sherlock Holmes and Basho - short story
  • Matter Mutter Mother - short story
  • The Answerer of Dreams - novelette

Centuries

A. A. Attanasio

Another mind-bending science fiction epic from a true visionary, Centuries explores a barely recognizable future where humans control their own evolution. Genetic manipulation and artificial intelligence shape an astounding destiny for our species.

With these wondrous changes come unexpected new truths of heart and mind that challenge the very definition of human--and that threaten not only our existence but the universe itself as our surprising powers--both miraculous and monstrous--evolve through the centuries.

Hunting the Ghost Dancer

A. A. Attanasio

50,000 years ago, three young friends band together for a perilous journey to find a new home after plague devastates their coastal tribe. Accompanied by a blind horse and armed with meager weapons and their own elusive courage, Hamr, Timov and Duru defy savage odds to survive in the strange and brutal realm of Ice Age Europe. This incredible quest takes them through primeval forests stalked by cave lions and across vast glacial moraines of thundering woolly rhinoceros - to the Thundertree clan. These forest people accept Duru, the girl, for her magical powers. But the two young men must prove themselves worthy by hunting down a giant Neanderthal - the last of his line - who has been terrorizing the tribe.

Killing with the Edge of the Moon

A. A. Attanasio

The speaker is a hickory-faced crone trying to explain to Chet, a shy kid with eyeglasses and pocket protector, why he can't take her granddaughter to the high school dance. For quiet, elfin Flannery is not like other kids. A living Blud-eye-eth, she has caught the attention of the faerie, beautiful evil creatures from a mysterious Otherworld, who seduce their victims with moonlight raves before feeding them to a dragon and hunting souls with a supernatural black dog of prodigious evil. And they have taken Flannery for one of their own. And she won't be going to the school dance-not unless Chet rescues her.

Kingdom of the Grail

A. A. Attanasio

Ten years after the aged Baroness Ailena Valaise was turned out of her castle by her son, Guy, Ailena returns, restored to her youth by a drink from the Holy Grail, and announces her plans to end Guy's reign.

Solis

A. A. Attanasio

Mr. Charlie is a brain without a body, revived after being frozen for a thousand years.

Charlie Outis has no idea of what the world might be like in the far future after he decides to have his brain frozen with the slim hope of it being revived one day.

But even a thousand years from now, brains are a valuable commodity - even brains without heads. But who does the brain belong to? And who controls a mind without a body?

The Conjure Book

A. A. Attanasio

Life is lonely for 13-year-old Jane Riggs in the historical New England village that is her new home - until she discovers a four-hundred-year-old book of spells that really works. Guided by the ghost of the witch who wrote the conjure book, Jane embarks on a terrifying but glorious quest for magical power. Her ambition is to contact her mother, dead these ten years and remembered only in photographs. For such a great prize, Jane is willing to risk much among the weird creatures she conjures out of the spirit world. But she will need more than courage when her magic follows her to school. After an evil spirit fox steals her classmate's soul, life suddenly gets very complicated. Coming of age among dark, elemental powers while not missing a day of seventh grade is not easy. And the answers Jane needs for growing up don't seem to be in the conjure book.

The Moon's Wife

A. A. Attanasio

A young bookkeeper in upstate New York, Sigrid Lindo is painfully aware that her life has narrowed down to working a dull job and caring for her widowed mother, when she steps out on Tappan Down to hear the moon's velvet voice asking her to be his wife. It is a seduction Siggy will resist with all the stoic reason and practicality she has learned from her beloved father. But the moon's gift of glamour is powerful and beyond her control.

Twice Dead Things

A. A. Attanasio

Mesmerizing explorations into the limitless realm of creativity, and bold, exciting tales that captivate, thrill, and give form to a universe that is both wonderful & terrifying

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword
  • Ink from the New Moon
  • Maps for the Spiders
  • Demons Hide Their Faces
  • Slain
  • The Dark One: A Mythograph
  • Zero's Twin
  • Atlantis Rose
  • Death's Head Moon
  • Brave Tails
  • Shagbark
  • Riversplash Mountain
  • The Strange, Wild Provenance of the Brave Tails
  • Thirteen Raptures of the Black Goat
  • Glimpses
  • The Star Pools
  • A Priestess of Nodens
  • Time in the Hourless House
  • Twice Dead Things: Investigations of the Fractal Blood Soul

Wyvern

A. A. Attanasio

Headhunters, sorcerers, pirates and Indian princes thrive in this exciting and poetic tale of a young outcast in Borneo. Born in 1609, son of a native woman and a Dutch sea captain he never knew, Jaki Gefjon grows up in the jungle as a sorcerer's apprentice. Later kidnapped by pirates, he befriends his captor, Trevor Pym, notorious for his dreaded man-of-war, Wyvern.

The scientific marvels on the European privateer become the young soul-catcher's passion -- until he falls for Lucinda, the headstrong daughter of Pym's sworn enemy. Propelled by intrigue, pirates' battles, curses and visions, this seafaring saga takes Lucinda and Jaki from the South Seas to India -- and to a bold, unforeseen destiny in the New World.

Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium

Clive Barker

"Tortured Souls" is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary "first city" known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.

Lurking at the edges of this extravagant tale is the ancient entity known as "Agonistes," who accepts the pleas of selected "Supplicants," transforming them, through a combination of art, magic, and pain, into avatars of violence and revenge.

The story begins when a freelance assassin named Zarles Krieger commits a routine murder-for-hire. This act will lead him to two life-altering encounters, one with the daughter of his victim, the other with Agonistes himself. This conjunction of the human and the inhuman stands at the center of this instantly absorbing creation.

With great authority and equally great economy, "Tortured Souls" expands to become a portrait of Primordium itself, with its hierarchies, its hidden mysteries, its shifting power structure, and--most significantly--its indelible cast of characters. A perfectly controlled example of what Barker calls "the fantastique," "Tortured Souls" is something truly special, a story whose imaginative reach and sheer narrative power are evident on every page.

Note: This novelette was first published in 2001 as an accompaniment to a series of action figure toys know as Clive Barker's Tortured Souls. There were six toys in the series, and each toy was accompanied by the part of the novelette that featured that character.

The Web of the Golden Spider

Frederick Orin Bartlett

The Web of the Golden Spider is a thrilling adventure moving from Boston to the mountains of South America. Wilson finds himself in the midst of a battle between a deposed queen and revolutionists who have banded together to make their country a republic, but he is more concerned with rescuing the girl he has fallen in love with who has been snatched away from him by a mysterious priest.

Bored of the Rings

Henry Beard
Douglas C. Kenney

A quest, a war, a ring that would be grounds for calling any wedding off, a king without a kingdom, and a little, furry "hero" named Frito, ready - or maybe just forced by the wizard of Goodgulf - to undertake the one mission which can save Lower Middle Earth from enslavement by the evil Sorhed... Luscious Elfmaidens, a roller-skating dragon, ugly plants that can soul-kiss the unwary to death - these are just some of the ingredients in the wildest, wackiest, most irreverent excursion into fantasy realms that anyone has ever dared to undertake.

The Severed Wing

Martin J. Gidron

Imagine a world in which Teddy Roosevelt is elected to a third term and leads America directly into World War I.A world in which the consequent terms of the Versailles Treaty propose a much gentler reconciliation between Allied and Central powers. A world in which neither World War II-nor the Holocaust-ever occurs, though European skirmishes abound. It's into this world, present millennium, where Martin Gidron has placed both Janusz, who's fled Poland to avoid a Russian draft, and his lover Irena, daughter of a famous composer. When Irena travels to Greece for her father's funeral, things start unravelling for Janusz: people and business establishments having Jewish connections disappear, literally without a trace or even memory, from New York City where Janusz has illegally emigrated. Then the Jewish daily newspaper where Janusz works switches overnight from Yiddish to English. And what are these strange letters that Janusz receives at his apartment, offering a "credit card, " whatever that might be? The discovery that Janusz is cast into by the novel's end is as harrowing in its particularity as it is in its universality.

An Alfred Bester Omnibus

Alfred Bester

Contains:

  • The Demolished Man - (1952) - novel
  • Tiger! Tiger! - (1956) - novel (variant of The Stars My Destination)
  • Time Is the Traitor - (1953) - novelette
  • They Don't Make Life Like They Used To - (1963) - novelette
  • The Pi Man - (1959) - shortstory
  • The Men Who Murdered Mohammed - (1958) - shortstory
  • Will You Wait? - (1959) - shortstory
  • The Flowered Thundermug - (1964) - novelette
  • Out of This World - (1964) - shortstory

Golem 100

Alfred Bester

Regina and her bee-ladies, bored members of the elite, while away the idle hours by playing at conjuring the Devil - a game which leads to horrifying consequences.

Psychoshop

Alfred Bester
Roger Zelazny

Half finished upon Bester's death, and completed by Zelazny, "Psychoshop" envisions a commercial establishment that attracts customers ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to a sorcerer intent on fabricating the Beast of Revelations.

Redemolished

Alfred Bester

This edition brings together a range of works by Alfred Bester. It includes the novel "The Demolished Man", "Hell is Forever" and "The Four Hour Fuge", there are also Bester's writings on noted celebrities such as Woody Allen, Rex Stout and Issac Asimov.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Redemolished) - (2000) - essay by Richard Raucci
  • The Probable Man - (1941) - novelette
  • Hell Is Forever - (1942) - novella
  • The Push of a Finger - (1942) - novella
  • The Roller Coaster - (1953) - shortstory
  • The Lost Child - shortfiction
  • I Will Never Celebrate New Year's Again - (1963) - shortstory
  • Out of This World - (1964) - shortstory
  • The Animal Fair - (1972) - novelette
  • Something Up There Likes Me - (1973) - shortstory
  • The Four-Hour Fugue - (1974) - shortstory
  • Gourmet Dining in Outer Space - (1960) - essay
  • Place of the Month: The Moon - essay
  • The Sun - essay
  • Science Fiction and the Renaissance Man - (1959) - essay
  • A Diatribe Against Science Fiction - essay
  • The Perfect Composite Science Fiction Author - essay
  • My Affair With Science Fiction - (1974) - essay
  • John Huston's Unsentimental Journey - (1959) - essay
  • Rex Stout - (1967) - interview of Rex Stout - interview
  • Conversation with Woody Allen - (1969) - interview of Woody Allen - interview
  • Isaac Asimov - (1973) - interview of Isaac Asimov - interview
  • Robert Heinlein - (1973) - interview of Robert A. Heinlein - interview
  • The Demolished Man: the Deleted Prologue - shortfiction
  • Writing and The Demolished Man - essay
  • In Memoriam: Alfred Bester (1913-1987) - essay by Gregory Benford and Isaac Asimov

Something Up There Likes Me

Alfred Bester

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Astounding: John W. Campbell Memorial Anthology (1973), edited by Harry Harrison. It can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 (1974), edited by Terry Carr, and Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Third Annual Collection (1974), edited by Lester del Rey. The story is included in the collections Star Light, Star Bright (1976) and Redemolished (2000).

Starburst

Alfred Bester

TIME, SPACE, AND THE FUTURE

Here is your passport into the fascinating world of science fiction... eleven dazzling, jet-propelled, rocket-paced tales of tomorrow by one of today's most inventive writers, Alfred Bester, author of The Demolished Man and The Dark Side of the Earth.

Table of Contents:

  • 7 • Disappearing Act • (1953) • short story
  • 24 • Adam and No Eve • (1941) • short story
  • 38 • Star Light, Star Bright • (1953) • short story
  • 54 • The Roller Coaster • (1953) • short story
  • 61 • Oddy and Id • (1950) • short story
  • 76 • The Starcomber • novelette (variant of 5,271,009 1954)
  • 110 • Travel Diary • (1958) • short story
  • 113 • Fondly Fahrenheit • (1954) • novelette
  • 133 • Hobson's Choice • (1952) • short story
  • 148 • The Die-Hard • (1958) • short story
  • 152 • Of Time and Third Avenue • (1951) • short story

The Animal Fair

Alfred Bester

Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1972. The story can also be found in the anthology The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 20th Series (1973), edited by Edward L. Ferman. It is included in the collection Redemolished (2000).

The Computer Connection

Alfred Bester

Alfred Bester's first science fiction novel since The Stars My Destination was a major event. A fast-moving adventure story set in Earth's future. A band of immortals - as charming a bunch of eccentrics as you'll ever come across - recruit a new member, the brilliant Cherokee physicist Sequoya Guess. Dr. Guess, with group's help, gain control of Extro, the supercomputer that controls all mechanical activity on Earth. They plan to rid Earth of political repression and to further Guess's researches - which may lead to a great leap in human evolution to produce a race of supermen. But Extro takes over Guess instead and turns malevolent. The task of the merry band suddenly becomes a fight in deadly earnest for the future of Earth.

Sequoya Guess, whom they love, must be killed. And how do you kill an immortal?

The Dark Side of the Earth

Alfred Bester

The Dark Side of the Earth (1964) contains the short stories:

  • "Time is the Traitor"
  • "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed" (Hugo Award Nominee)
  • "Out of This World"
  • "The Pi Man" (Hugo Award Nominee)
  • "The Flowered Thundermug"
  • "Will You Wait?"
  • "They Don't Make Life Like They Used To"

The Deceivers

Alfred Bester

When his lover is kidnapped by the evil Duke of Death, Rogue Winter, King of the Maori Commandos searches the solar system for her and uncovers evidence of an unlimited energy source in the underground torture chambers of Triton.

The Demolished Man

Alfred Bester

In the year 2301, guns are only museum pieces and benign telepaths sweep the minds of the populace to detect crimes before they happen. In 2301 murder is virtually impossible, but one man is about to change that...

Ben Reich, a psychopathic business magnate, has devised the ultimate scheme to eliminate the competition and destroy the order of his society. The Demolished Man is a masterpiece of imaginative suspense, set in a superbly imagined world in which everything has changed except the ancient instinct for murder.

The Four-Hour Fugue

Alfred Bester

Hugo Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, June 1974. The story can also be found in The 1975 Annual World's Best SF, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, Best SF: 1974 (1975), edited by Brian Aldiss and Harry Harrison, The Best of Analog (1978), edited by Ben Bova, and The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 2 (2000), edited by Frederik Pohl. It is included in the collections The Light Fantastic (1976), Starlight (1976) and Redemolished (2000).

The Men Who Murdered Mohammed

Alfred Bester

Hugo Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1958. The story can also be found in the anthologies:

It is included in the collections The Dark Side of the Earth (1964), The Light Fantastic (1976) and Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester (1997).

The Pi Man

Alfred Bester

Hugo Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1959. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series (1960), edtied by Robert P. Mills, Alpha 1 (1970), edited by Robert Silverberg, The Great SF Stories 21 (1959) (1990), edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg, and The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. It is included in the collections The Dark Side of the Earth (1964), Star Light, Star Bright (1976) and Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester (1997).

Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester

Alfred Bester

"Dazzlement and enchantment are Bester's methods. His stories never stand still a moment."
--Damon Knight, author of Why Do Birds

Alfred Bester took science fiction into hyperdrive, endowing it with a wit, speed, and narrative inventiveness that have inspired two generations of writers. And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.

Read about the sweet-natured young man whose phenomenal good luck turns out to be disastrous for the rest of humanity. Find out why tourists are flocking to a hellish little town in a post-nuclear Kansas. Meet a warlock who practices on Park Avenue and whose potions comply with the Pure Food and Drug Act. Make a deal with the Devil--but not without calling your agent. Dazzling, effervescent, sexy, and sardonic, Virtual Unrealities is a historic collection from one of science fiction's true pathbreakers.

"Alfred Bester was one of the handful of writers who invented modern science fiction."
--Harry Harrison

Contents:

  • ix - Introduction (Virtual Unrealities) - (1996) - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • 3 - Disappearing Act - (1953) - short story
  • 22 - Oddy and Id - (1950) - short story
  • 38 - Star Light, Star Bright - (1953) - short story
  • 56 - 5,271,009 - (1954) - novelette
  • 91 - Fondly Fahrenheit - (1954) - novelette
  • 112 - Hobson's Choice - (1952) - short story
  • 127 - Of Time and Third Avenue - (1951) - short story
  • 136 - Time Is the Traitor - (1953) - novelette
  • 159 - The Men Who Murdered Mohammed - (1958) - short story
  • 173 - The Pi Man - (1959) - short story
  • 191 - They Don't Make Life Like They Used To - (1963) - novelette
  • 225 - Will You Wait? - (1959) - short story
  • 233 - The Flowered Thundermug - (1964) - novelette
  • 273 - Adam and No Eve - (1941) - short story
  • 287 - And 3½ to Go - short story
  • 292 - Galatea Galante - (1979) - novelette (variant of Galatea Galante, The Perfect Popsy)
  • 334 - The Devil Without Glasses - novelette

Secret of the Red Spot

Eando Binder

May 23, 2440 A.D.

Around Jay Bruce's spaceship, the sky was an impenetrable blanket of opaque gas, typical of this region on Jupiter just north of the Red Spot. Bruce was puzzled. Why had the lovely young woman seated next to him chartered his ship to cruise an uninhabited area? Then it appeared... a massive Martian warship unlike any he'd ever seen before, forcing him to land -- and perhaps to die -- in the barren Jovian wilderness!

Beneath the Shattered Moons

Michael Bishop

In the future, on the island of Ongladred, mankind has survived two enigmatic, civilization-destroying setbacks. Now a third holocaust is anticipated. The people fear destruction from invading barbarians, the reappearance of a semi-mythical sea creature, and the devious intervention of the neo-human Parfects.

This imminent disaster is very much the concern of Ingram Marley, a government spy sent to keep surveillance over Stonelore, a secluded haven and the center of free thought on Ongladred, and Gabriel Elk, Stonelore's resident genius.

While panic and fear rage outside, deep inside Stonelore the mysteries of life are pursued - reanimation of the dead, the invention of powerful laser weapons, and the secrets of "old earth" knowledge. Amidst harrowing dangers of sea battles and land invasions, Michael Bishop explores the transformation of Ingram Marley, a man caught in the middle.

Contents:

  • 7 - The White Otters of Childhood - (1973) - novella
  • 85 - Beneath the Shattered Moons - (1976) - novel (variant of And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees)

Voyage to the Red Planet

Terry Bisson

The depression has meant that a mission to Mars has been shelved for 20 years. But then Markham, head of Pellucida Films, cons two of the original Mars spacemen out of retirement and promises them their dream of setting foot on the Red Planet.

What the Doctor Ordered

Michael Blumlein

Written over the course of three decades, these remarkable stories showcase the breadth and power of Michael Blumlein's vision. By turns prescient, poignant, haunting, and humorous, they consistently amaze and delight. They are celebrations: of science, of love, of partnership, of difference. They are odes to the joy of discovery, inside and out.

Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia

Alexander Bogdanov

A communist society on Mars, the Russian revolution, and class struggle on two planets is the subject of this arresting science fiction novel by Alexander Bogdanov (1873-1928), one of the early organizers and prophets of the Russian Bolshevik party.

The red star is Mars, but it is also the dream set to paper of the society that could emerge on earth after the dual victory of the socialist and scientific-technical revolutions. While portraying a harmonious and rational socialist society, Bogdanov sketches out the problems that will face industrialized nations, whether socialist or capitalist.

Utopia of a Tired Man

Jorge Luis Borges

Nebula Award nominated short story. The original Spanish title is Utopía de un hombre que está cansado. Some sources list the English title as A Weary Man's Utopia. Given the 1976 nomination there must be an earlier publication in English but the collection The Book of Sand (1977 in English) is the earliest publication mentioned.

The Astrakhan, the Homburg, and the Red Red Coal

Chaz Brenchley

This story originally appeared in Lightspeed Magazine: Queers Destroy Science Fiction! Special Edition, June 2015. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton, The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection (2016), edited by Gardner Dozois and Wilde Stories 2016: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction (2016), edited by Steve Berman.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Kindred Spirits

Alan Brennert

Ginny is a waiflike department store employee. Desperate for love but unwilling to keep her opinions to herself, she alienates the few good men who come her way. Michael is a graphic artist doing cut-and-paste work in New York's Chinatown. Talented but lacking in ambition, he figures women look right through him--and can't really blame them. Then one Christmas both Ginny and Michael give up on life, only to find something infinitely more wonderful. Because after risking everything, they soon discover, amid the glittering December snow, a romance awash with all the wonders of the hereafter, but with a great deal to teach us all about living here on Earth.

Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order

Damien Broderick

Time travel, changing history, forestalling atrocities: it's not a job for the weak. For one thing, the things people in the future wear...

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

And the Gods Laughed

Fredric Brown

Table of Contents:

  • The Star Mouse - novelette
  • Arena - novelette
  • Hall of Mirrors - short story
  • The Last Martian - short story
  • Honeymoon in Hell - novelette
  • Me and Flapjack and the Martians (with Mack Reynolds) - short story
  • The Weapon - short story
  • Abominable - short story
  • Expedition - short story
  • Keep Out - short story
  • Mouse - short story
  • Too Far - short story
  • Nasty - short story
  • Rebound - short story
  • Nightmare in Gray - short story
  • Nightmare in Green - short story
  • Nightmare in White - short story
  • Nightmare in Blue - short story
  • Nightmare in Yellow - short story
  • Nightmare in Red - short story
  • Unfortunately - short story
  • Granny's Birthday - short story
  • Cat Burglar - short story
  • The House - short story
  • Second Chance - short story
  • Great Lost Discoveries I - Invisibility - short story
  • Great Lost Discoveries II - Invulnerability - short story
  • Great Lost Discoveries III - Immortality - short story
  • Dead Letter - short story
  • Recessional - short story
  • Hobbyist - short story
  • The Ring of Hans Carvel - short story
  • Vengeance Fleet - short story
  • Rope Trick - short story
  • Fatal Error - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver II - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver III - short story
  • Bright Beard - short story
  • Jaycee - short story
  • Contact - short story
  • Horse Race - short story
  • Death on the Mountain - short story
  • Bear Possibility - short story
  • Not Yet the End - short story
  • Fish Story - short story
  • Three Little Owls (A Fable) - short story
  • Runaround - short story
  • Murder in Ten Easy Lessons - short story
  • Entity Trap - short story
  • The Little Lamb - short story
  • The Joke - short story
  • The Geezenstacks - short story
  • The End - short story
  • Cartoonist (with Mack Reynolds) - short story
  • Man of Distinction - short story
  • Millennium - short story
  • The Dome - short story
  • Blood - short story
  • Experiment - short story
  • Sentry - short story
  • Naturally - short story
  • Voodoo - short story
  • First Time Machine - short story
  • And the Gods Laughed - short story
  • A Word from Our Sponsor - short story
  • Rustle of Wings - short story
  • Imagine (poem) - short story
  • Mitkey Rides Again - short story
  • Six-Legged Svengali (with Mack Reynolds) - short story
  • The Switcheroo (with Mack Reynolds) - short story
  • Dark Interlude (with Mack Reynolds) - short story
  • The Gamblers (with Mack Reynolds) - novelette
  • Honeymoons and Geezenstacks and Fredric William Brown (essay) by Richard A. Lupoff - short story

From These Ashes: The Complete Short SF of Fredric Brown

Fredric Brown

A collection of all 118 short science fiction and fantasy stories of one of the masters of the vignette, all his short works except two which were rewritten into parts of a novel. Introduction by Barry N. Malzberg. Dustjacket art by Bob Eggleton.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (2001) - essay by Barry N. Malzberg
  • Armageddon (1941) - short story
  • Not Yet the End (1941) - short story
  • Etaoin Shrdlu (1942) - short story
  • Star Mouse (1951) - novelette
  • Runaround (1942) - short story
  • The New One (1942) - short story
  • The Angelic Angleworm (1943) - novelette
  • The Hat Trick (1943) - short story
  • The Geezenstacks (1943) - short story
  • Daymare (1943) - novelette
  • Paradox Lost (1943) - short story
  • And the Gods Laughed (1944) - short story
  • Nothing Sirius (1944) - short story
  • The Yehudi Principle (1944) - short story
  • Arena (1944) - novelette
  • The Waveries (1945) - short story
  • Murder in Ten Easy Lessons (1945) - short story
  • Pi in the Sky (1945) - novelette
  • Placet Is a Crazy Place (1946) - short story
  • Knock (1948) - short story
  • All Good BEMs (1949) - short story
  • Mouse (1949) - short story
  • Come and Go Mad (1949) - novelette
  • Crisis, 1999 (1949) - short story
  • Letter to a Phoenix (1949) - short story
  • Vengeance Fleet (1950) - short story
  • The Last Train (1950) - short story
  • Entity Trap (1950) - short story
  • Obedience (1950) - short story
  • The Frownzly Florgels (1950) - short story
  • The Last Martian (1950) - short story
  • Honeymoon in Hell (1950) - novelette
  • Mitkey Rides Again (1950) - short story
  • Six-Legged Svengali (1950) - short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • Dark Interlude (1951) - short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • Man of Distinction (1951) - short story
  • The Switcheroo (1951) - short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • The Weapon (1951) - short story
  • Cartoonist (1951) - short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • The Dome (1951) - short story
  • A Word from Our Sponsor (1951) - short story
  • The Gamblers (1951) - novelette by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • The Hatchetman (1951) - novelette by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • Something Green (1951) - short story
  • Me and Flapjack and the Martians (1952) - short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • The Little Lamb (1953) - short story
  • Rustle of Wings (1953) - short story
  • Hall of Mirrors (1953) - short story
  • Experiment (1954) - short story
  • Sentry (1954) - short story
  • Keep Out (1954) - short story
  • Naturally (1954) - short story
  • Voodoo (1954) - short story
  • Answer (1954) - short story
  • Daisies (1954) - short story
  • Pattern (1954) - short story
  • Politeness (1954) - short story
  • Preposterous (1954) - short story
  • Reconciliation (1954) - short story
  • Search (1954) - short story
  • Sentence (1954) - short story
  • Solipsist (1954) - short story
  • Blood (1955) - short story
  • Imagine (1955) - short story
  • First Time Machine (1955) - short story
  • Too Far (1955) - short story
  • Millennium (1955) - short story
  • Expedition (1956) - short story
  • Happy Ending (1957) - short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
  • Jaycee (1955) - short story
  • Unfortunately (1958) - short story
  • Nasty (1959) - short story
  • Rope Trick (1959) - short story
  • Abominable (1960) - short story
  • Bear Possibility (1960) - short story
  • Recessional (1961) - short story
  • Contact (1960) - short story
  • Rebound (1960) - short story
  • Great Lost Discoveries I - Invisibility (1961) - short story
  • Great Lost Discoveries II - Invulnerability (1961) - short story
  • Great Lost Discoveries III - Immortality (1961) - short story
  • Hobbyist (1961) - short story
  • The End (1961) - short story
  • Nightmare in Blue (1961) - short story
  • Nightmare in Gray (1961) - short story
  • Nightmare in Red (1961) - short story
  • Nightmare in Yellow (1961) - short story
  • Nightmare in Green (1961) - short story
  • Nightmare in White (1961) - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I (1961) - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver II (1961) - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver III (1961) - short story
  • Bright Beard (1961) - short story
  • Cat Burglar (1961) - short story
  • Dead Letter (1961) - short story
  • Death on the Mountain (1961) - short story
  • Fatal Error (1961) - short story
  • Fish Story (1961) - short story
  • Horse Race (1961) - short story
  • The House (1960) - short story
  • The Joke (1948) - short story
  • The Ring of Hans Carvel (1961) - short story
  • Second Chance (1961) - short story
  • Three Little Owls (A Fable) (1961) - short story
  • Granny's Birthday (1960) - short story
  • Aelurophobe (1962) - short story
  • Puppet Show (1962) - short story
  • Double Standard (1963) - short story
  • It Didn't Happen (1963) - short story
  • Ten Percenter (1963) - short story
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1965) - short story by Fredric Brown and Carl Onspaugh
  • Editor's Notes and Acknowledgements (2002) - essay by Ben Yalow

Hall of Mirrors

Fredric Brown

This short story was originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, December 1953. It was later anthologized in Assignment in Tomorrow, edited by Frederik Pohl (1954), The Great SF Stories #15, edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg (1986), and The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time, edited by Barry N. Malzberg (2003), and collected in Honeymoon in Hell (1958), The Best of Fredric Brown (1977), And the Gods Laughed (1987), and From These Ashes: The Complete Short SF of Fredric Brown (2001).

Read this story for free at Project Gutenberg.

Honeymoon in Hell

Fredric Brown

A collection of stories from a master of the form. Imagine... Ghosts, gods, and devils – heavens and hells – cities in the sky and cities beneath the sea. Time machines, spaceships – certainly you can imagine Martians, but what about interplanetary vampires? Or a mouse that isnt a mouse?

Honeymoon in Hell proves that Fredric Brown has a special vision, a sight beyond our wildest nightmares, a perception of things we couldn't even begin to imagine.

Table of Contents:

  • Honeymoon in Hell - novelette
  • Too Far - short story
  • Man of Distinction - short story
  • Millennium - short story
  • The Dome - short story
  • Blood - short story
  • Hall of Mirrors - short story - short story
  • Experiment - [Two Timer - 1] - short story
  • The Last Martian - short story
  • Sentry - [Two Timer - 2] - short story
  • Mouse - short story
  • Naturally - short story
  • Voodoo - short story
  • Arena - novelette
  • Keep Out - short story
  • First Time Machine - short story
  • And the Gods Laughed - short story
  • The Weapon - short story
  • A Word from Our Sponsor - short story
  • Rustle of Wings - short story
  • Imagine - poem

Martians and Madness: The Complete SF Novels of Fredric Brown

Fredric Brown

Includes the novels:

Gateway to Darkness (1949)

Gateway to Glory (1950)

Martians Go Home (1955)

Rogue in Space (1957)

The Lights in the Sky Are Stars (1953)

The Mind Thing (1951)

What Mad Universe (1949)

Martians, Go Home

Fredric Brown

THEY WERE GREEN, THEY WERE LITTLE, THEY WERE BALD AS BILLIARD BALLS AND THEY WERE EVERYWHERE!

Luke Devereaux was a science fiction writer, holed up in a desert shack waiting for inspiration. He was the first to see a Martian - but he certainly wasn't the last. It was estimated that one billion of them had arrived - one to every three human beings on Earth. Obnoxious green creatures who could be seen and heard (but not harmed) and who probed private sex lives as shamelessly as they exposed government secrets.

No one knew why they had come. No one knew how to make them go away - except perhaps, Luke Devereaux. Unfortunately he was going slightly bananas, so it wouldn't be easy. But for a science fiction writer nothing was impossible.

Nightmares and Geezenstacks

Fredric Brown

One of the great pulp writers, Fredric Brown (1906-1972) combined a flair for the horrific, a quirky sense of humor, and a wild imagination, and published many classic novels in the mystery and science fiction genres.

But he was also a master of the "short-short story," tales only a page or two in length, but hard-hitting and with a wicked twist at the end. Nightmares and Geezenstacks (1961) collects 47 short gems by Brown, ranging from science fiction to noir crime to horror, including the chilling and unforgettable "The Geezenstacks".

Long unobtainable, Brown's classic collection returns to print for the first time in almost 40 years and is sure to please both longtime fans and those who are discovering this brilliant writer for the first time.

Contents:

  • 1 - Nasty - (1959) - short story
  • 3 - Abominable - (1960) - short story
  • 6 - Rebound - (1960) - short story
  • 9 - Nightmare in Gray - (1961) - short story
  • 11 - Nightmare in Green - (1961) - short story
  • 12 - Nightmare in White - (1961) - short story
  • 14 - Nightmare in Blue - (1961) - short story
  • 16 - Nightmare in Yellow - (1961) - short story
  • 19 - Nightmare in Red - (1961) - short story
  • 20 - Unfortunately - (1958) - short story
  • 22 - Granny's Birthday - (1960) - short story
  • 25 - Cat Burglar - (1961) - short story
  • 27 - The House - (1960) - short story
  • 30 - Second Chance - (1961) - short story
  • 33 - Great Lost Discoveries I - Invisibility - [Great Lost Discoveries - 1] - (1961) - short story
  • 35 - Great Lost Discoveries II - Invulnerability - [Great Lost Discoveries - 2] - (1961) - short story
  • 37 - Great Lost Discoveries III - Immortality - [Great Lost Discoveries - 3] - (1961) - short story
  • 39 - Dead Letter - (1961) - short story
  • 40 - Recessional - (1961) - short story
  • 42 - Hobbyist - non-genre - (1961) - short story
  • 45 - The Ring of Hans Carvel - (1961) - short story
  • 46 - Vengeance Fleet - (1950) - short story (variant of Vengeance, Unlimited)
  • 49 - Rope Trick - (1959) - short story
  • 51 - Fatal Error - (1961) - short story
  • 53 - The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I - [The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver - 1] - (1961) - short story
  • 55 - The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver II - [The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver - 2] - (1961) - short story
  • 56 - The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver III - [The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver - 3] - (1961) - short story
  • 59 - Expedition - (1956) - short story
  • 61 - Bright Beard - (1961) - short story
  • 63 - Jaycee - (1955) - short story
  • 65 - Contact - (1960) - short story (variant of Earthmen Bearing Gifts)
  • 68 - Horse Race - (1961) - short story
  • 70 - Death on the Mountain - (1961) - short story
  • 74 - Bear Possibility - (1960) - short story
  • 76 - Not Yet the End - (1941) - short story
  • 79 - Fish Story - (1961) - short story
  • 82 - Three Little Owls (A Fable) - (1961) - short story
  • 85 - Runaround - (1942) - short story
  • 90 - Murder in Ten Easy Lessons - (1945) - short story
  • 100 - Dark Interlude - (1951) - short story and Mack Reynolds
  • 109 - Entity Trap - (1950) - short story (variant of From These Ashes ...)
  • 128 - The Little Lamb - (1953) - short story
  • 142 - Me and Flapjack and the Martians - (1952) - short story and Mack Reynolds
  • 151 - The Joke - (1948) - short story
  • 162 - Cartoonist - (1951) - short story and Mack Reynolds
  • 171 - The Geezenstacks - (1943) - short story
  • 182 - The End - (1961) - short story

Not Yet the End

Fredric Brown

The Roamers of the Cosmos Sought Intelligent Life - But They Found That Earth's Bipeds Didn't Make Sense!

This short story is included in the collections:

It first appeared in the Winter, 1941 Issue of Captain Future magazine, available free on Internet Archives.

Rogue in Space

Fredric Brown

He had no name, no language, no friends. He had not been born and he could not multiply. He had just 'Happened' - an accidental combination of atoms that could think and learn and do a lot of incredible things. He had floated free in space for billions of years, for all he knew he was the only living thing in the Universe. So when he met three human beings wrangling and bickering in their funny-looking space ship, his whole life changed. Because he suddenly knew that he could make them do anything he wanted.

Science-Fiction Carnival

Fredric Brown
Mack Reynolds

Contents:

  • 9 - Introduction (Science-Fiction Carnival) - essay by Fredric Brown
  • 12 - Preface (Science-Fiction Carnival) - essay by Mack Reynolds
  • 15 - The Wheel of Time - (1950) - short story by Robert Arthur
  • 37 - SRL Ad - (1952) - short story by Richard Matheson
  • 49 - A Logic Named Joe - (1946) - short story by Murray Leinster
  • 71 - Simworthy's Circus - (1950) - short story by Larry T. Shaw
  • 89 - The Well-Oiled Machine - (1950) - short story by H. B. Fyfe
  • 109 - Venus and the Seven Sexes - (1949) - novella by William Tenn
  • 163 - The Swordsmen of Varnis - (1950) - short story by Clive Jackson
  • 167 - Paradox Lost - (1943) - short story by Fredric Brown
  • 189 - Muten - (1948) - short story by Eric Frank Russell
  • 211 - The Martians and the Coys - (1951) - short story by Mack Reynolds
  • 227 - The Ego Machine - (1952) - novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • 283 - The Cosmic Jackpot - (1948) - short story by George O. Smith
  • 301 - The Abduction of Abner Greer - (1941) - short story by Nelson S. Bond

Space on My Hands

Fredric Brown

Nine startling adventures of humans and other beings, by the first master of science fiction and fantasy, Fredric Brown.

Table of Contents:

  • 1 - Introduction (Space on My Hands)
  • 3 - Something Green
  • 15 - Crisis, 1999
  • 36 - Pi in the Sky
  • 69 - Knock
  • 82 - All Good BEMs
  • 95 - Daymare
  • 144 - Nothing Sirius
  • 165 - Star Mouse
  • 191 - Come and Go Mad

The Lights in the Sky are Stars

Fredric Brown

Starduster Yes, I'm Max Andrews. I'm one of the guys who fought and bled and worked to get to Mars. I figure what I gave up in those early years gave me the right to pilot the next big jump. I've lied and stolen for that right. I'd have killed, too, but I didn't have top. Instead, I let a woman give her life so I could have my chance, my door to space. You think I'd stop at anything, now? I'll be on that rocket, blasting away on America's biggest adventure, the hop out into the stars themselves Only Fred Brown could have written this deeply moving science fiction novel about one man's epic, life-long struggle to open mankind's pathway to the star

The Mind Thing

Fredric Brown

The Mind Thing is an alien who was unfortunately transported from its own planet to Earth as punishment for a crime that it committed on its own planet. The mind thing is nothing more than a brain in a turtle like shell, but it has the power to take over another mind (human or animal) while that person is asleep. However, it can only leave that mind upon the person or animal's death. It thus can only leave a human's mind by forcing the person to commit suicide. It wants to go home and needs a human to build it a "projector" to get it back home. It takes over many animal and human minds in order to accomplish its goal.

What Mad Universe

Fredric Brown

BUG-EYED MONSTERS ON BROADWAY Pulp SF magazine editor Keith Winton was answering a letter from a teenage fan when the first moon rocket fell back to Earth and blew him away. But where to? Greenville, New York, looked the same, but Bems (Bug-Eyed Monsters) just like the ones on the cover of Startling Stories walked the streets without attracting undue comment. And when he brought out a half-dollar coin in a drugstore, the cops wanted to shoot him on sight as an Arcturian spy. Wait a minute. Seven-foot purple moon-monsters? Earth at war with Arcturus? General Dwight D. Eisenhower in command of Venus Sector? What mad universe was this? One thing was for sure: Keith Winton had to find out fast - or he'd be good and dead, in this universe or any other.

Red Queen

Honey Brown

Deep in the Australian bush, Shannon Scott is holed up in a cabin with his brother, Rohan, waiting out the catastrophic effects of worldwide disease and a breakdown of global economies. After months of isolation, Shannon imagines there's nothing he doesn't know about his older brother, or himself - until a mysterious woman slips under their late-night watch and past their loaded guns.

Denny Cassidy is beautiful and a survivor. Her inclusion into cabin life brings about the need for a new set of rules. Soon the brothers begin to look to her as a source of comfort, hope and intimacy... Or is her warmth just a trap? Could she actually be a cold tactician, a woman with a deadly agenda?

Sea Changeling

Mildred Downey Broxon

Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 3, 1981. There are no other known publications available at this time.

The Demon of Scattery

Poul Anderson
Mildred Downey Broxon

IN A VESSEL THAT SAILS ON A TIMELESS SEA, A GOD SINGS OF HUMAN MORTALITY...

Hear then of a time when the Lochlannach first came a viking into Eire, of a time when the gentle Christos was new-come to the land and an elder magic flickered still--and once in a great while, under just the right conditions and with a very special curse, might flare up into full life again.

Too Long a Sacrifice

Mildred Downey Broxon

Enslaved by fairies in sixth-century Ireland, Tadh MacNiall and his wife, Maire, are returned to the land of mortals in the twentieth century when the fairy empire disintegrates.

Shattered Shields

Jennifer Brozek
Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Swords and Shields. Faith and Magic.

Grab your weapons and prepare, for the enemy is on the move.

High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections to save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters... they also feature epic battles.

Imagine a doctor struggling to identify the spy who has infiltrated his company's ranks and poisoned his colleagues or a boy suspected of murder by a king yet protected by a princess as he helps her father against his own people. Imagine a butcher discovering that he's called to lead an uprising, or a First Born knowing that she must betray her own in order to save humanity.

The possibilities are endless, but at the heart they have this in common: soldiers--ordinary and otherwise-struggling against extraordinary odds to survive the day. They must withstand dark magic, dodge enemy blades, and defy the odds to survive SHATTERED SHIELDS.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jennifer Brozek
  • Ashes and Starlight - shortstory by David Farland
  • The Fixed Stars - shortstory by Seanan McGuire
  • The Keeper Of Names - shortstory by Larry Correia
  • The Smaller We Are - shortstory by John Helfers
  • Invictus - shortstory by Annie Bellet
  • Rising Above - shortstory by Sarah A. Hoyt
  • A Cup Of Wisdom - shortstory by Joe Zieja
  • Words Of Power - shortstory by Wendy N. Wagner
  • Lightweaver in Shadow - shortstory by Gray Rinehart
  • Hoofsore and Weary - shortstory by Cat Rambo
  • Vengeance - shortstory by Robin Wayne Bailey
  • Deadfall - shortstory by Nancy Fulda
  • Yael of the Strings - shortstory by John R. Fultz
  • The Gleaners - shortstory by Dave Gross
  • Bonded Men - shortstory by James L. Sutter
  • Bone Candy - shortstory by Glen Cook
  • First Blood - shortstory by Elizabeth Moon

Kindred

Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex and Death

Ramsey Campbell

Here, gathered for the first time in a single volume, are seven stories that portray a world in which love has gone terribly awry--where unholy desires lead to chaos, madness and death. From the bestselling author of Obsession, The Hungry Moon and Incarnate.

Table of Contents:

  • The Bare Bones: An Introduction - (1987) - essay by Clive Barker
  • Dolls - (1976) - novelette
  • The Other Woman - (1976) - novelette
  • Lilith's - (1976) - short story
  • The Seductress - (1977) - novelette
  • Stages - (1987) - novelette
  • Loveman's Comeback - (1977) - novelette
  • Merry May - (1987) - novelette

Later editions also include:

  • The Limits of Fantasy - (1992) - short story
  • The Body in the Window - (1995) - short story
  • Kill Me Hideously - (1997) - short story

The Incredible Planet

John W. Campbell, Jr.

Contents:

  • 1 - Introduction (The Incredible Planet) - [Mightiest Machine] - short story
  • 5 - The Incredible Planet - [Mightiest Machine] - novelette
  • 47 - The Interstellar Search - [Mightiest Machine] - novella
  • 177 - The Infinite Atom - [Mightiest Machine] - novella

Red Dust and Dancing Horses and Other Stories

Beth Cato

This debut collection from Nebula-nominated author Beth Cato brings together works that span history and space, a showcase of vividly imagined speculative stories that range from introspective and intense to outright whimsical. Here you'll find the souls of horses bonded into war machines of earth and air, toilet gnomes on the rampage, magical pies, a mad scientist mother, a bitter old man who rages against giant extraterrestrial robots, and a sentient house that longs to be a home. The book features 28 stories and 6 poems, and includes Cato's acclaimed story "The Souls of Horses."

The Red Tape War

George Alec Effinger
Mike Resnick
Jack L. Chalker

Millard Fillmore Pierce, Class 2 Arbiter, is lost. And when you're in the service of the Spiral Federation, getting found again is no easy task. The paperwork alone could take years.

But when Pierce's ship is captured by an alien dreadnought, the nightmare only gets worse: The aliens are intent on galactic conquest, and they intend to start with Pierce.

The plot gets thicker and thicker from that point on, as three of science fiction's most accomplished storytellers attempt to write each other into a corner.

Red Earth and Pouring Rain

Vikram Chandra

A tale of nineteenth-century India - of Sanjay, a poet, and Sikander, a warrior; of hoofbeats thundering through the streets of Calcutta; of great wars and love affairs and a city gone mad with poetry. Woven into it are the adventures of a young Indian criss-crossing America in a car with his friends.

A Shadow All of Light

Fred Chappell

A good thief barters in goods. A great one deals in shadows.

A Shadow all of Light is a stylish, elegant, episodic fantasy novel by award-winning author and former poet laureate Fred Chappell.

Falco, a young man from the country, arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice shadow thief. Falco's tests and adventures teach him to break through ingenious security traps and drop him among con men, monsters, pirates, and the King of Cats.

The Lodger

Fred Chappell

WFA nominated short story. It originally appeared as a chapbook. The story can also be foundin the anthology The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection (1994), edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. It is included in the collection Ancestors and Others: New and Selected Stories (2009).

The Silent Woman

Fred Chappell

Tiptree nominated short story. First appeared in the collection Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You (1996)

The Somewhere Doors

Fred Chappell

World Fantasy Award winning novelette. It originally appeared in the collection More Shapes Than One (1991). The story can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992), edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

The Goophered Grapevine

Charles W. Chesnutt

"The Goophered Grapevine" was Chesnutt's first Uncle Julius story. The story introduces John, the white Northern businessman who comes South after the War to buy a plantation and grow grapes. In this story, Uncle Julius tells John and his wife Annie about how the grape vines in the area were conjured long ago by a master who wanted to stop the slaves from stealing the grapes.

This short story can be found at Atlantic Magazine archives here or in the anthology Dark Matter.

Mordred, Bastard Son

Douglas Clegg

Stoker Award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg (Afterlife, The Hour Before Dark, and over a dozen other best-selling novels of contemporary horror) sets his rich imagination to the task of reinventing Arthurian legend, and the results are spectacular. A young monk becomes enthralled by the story a mysterious prisoner begins to tell as he tends to his wounds. The prisoner is Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur Pendragon and his half sister Morgan Le Fay, who has been arrested for murder and treason. His story is one of ambition, power, and betrayal, and it will change the monk's life forever.

In Clegg's ambitious reimagining of Camelot, Mordred, the traditional villain of Arthurian legend, emerges as a heroic and romantic figure, torn between his powerful mother's desire for revenge against Arthur, his own conflicted feelings toward the father who betrayed him, and his passionate love affair with a knight in King Arthur's court: Lancelot. The first of a trilogy, Mordred, Bastard Son sets the stage for an epic adventure of love, friendship, magic, war, and betrayal, a fresh, dazzling chapter in the Arthurian canon.

A Cupful of Space

Mildred Clingerman

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - First Lesson - (1956) - short story
  • 18 - Stickeney and the Critic - (1953) - short story
  • 24 - Stair Trick - (1952) - short story
  • 29 - Minister Without Portfolio - (1952) - short story
  • 37 - Birds Can't Count - (1955) - short story
  • 45 - The Word - (1953) - short story
  • 50 - The Day of the Green Velvet Cloak - (1958) - short story
  • 61 - Winning Recipe - (1952) - short story
  • 65 - Letters from Laura - (1954) - short story
  • 71 - The Last Prophet - (1955) - short story
  • 79 - Mr. Sakrison's Halt - (1956) - short story
  • 86 - The Wild Wood - (1957) - short story
  • 95 - The Little Witch of Elm Street - (1956) - short story
  • 104 - A Day for Waving - (1957) - short story
  • 116 - The Gay Deceiver - short story
  • 124 - A Red Heart and Blue Roses - short story

Stickeney and the Critic

Mildred Clingerman

Stickeney is not precisely a human, but a supernormal being who is amiable enough if well fed and kept away from visiting literary firemen. As was to be expected, Miss Clingerman understands Stickeney and his prejudices; completely unexpected is the deadpan hilarity with which she tells Stickeney's heartrending story.

This short story appears in the collections:

This novelette originally appeared in the February 1953 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is available free on Luminist.

The Clingerman Files

Mildred Clingerman

Widely acclaimed as one of the first successful female science fiction authors, Mildred Clingerman returns with the exciting follow up to her 1961 science fiction collection, A Cupful of Space. Her stories tend to wed a literate tone to subject matters whose ominousness is perhaps more submerged than the horrors under the skin made explicit in the work of Shirley Jackson, but equally as deadly.

Clingerman's new anthology, The Clingerman Files, includes all of her originally published stories; The Day of the Green Velvet Cloak, Mr. Sakrison's Halt, Wild Wood, The Little Witch of Elm Street and many other favorites. Also included are previously unpublished works; Top Hand, Tribal Customs, The Birthday Party, Fathers of Daughters and many more soon to be favorites. The key to her stories is that they appear simple and straightforward, but each takes a twist or turn that, even when you're tempted to guess where they're heading, they take you there in a way you would never have bargained on. Other writers of the period tried to make big splashes. Clingerman, it seems, prided herself in concealing her effects within her masterfully constructed sentences. They barely make a ripple on the surface; all their power and drive lurk deep down below.

So many of her stories are alive with the underpinning notion that the cosmological vistas we spy at the end ends of telescopes and various other means of measurement belong to the very same universe under our feet. We're not apart from the universe, we're a part of it. Nearly every story here is alive with that sensibility, in the truest sense of that word. In every sentence there is a note (a gentle one, but insistent) of silent rebellion, a surreptitious snarl, entreating you to see that not the everyday, but an undiscovered marvel. May these eloquent rebellions be undiscovered no longer.

Welcome to the world of Mildred Clingerman!

Table of Contents::

  • Memories of Mildred - essay by Kendall Clingerman Burling
  • Mildred Clingerman: The Science of Magic and the Magic of the Commenplace - essay by Richard Chwedyk
  • First Lesson - (1956) - short story
  • Stickeney and the Critic - (1953) - short story
  • Stair Trick - (1952) - short story
  • Minister Without Portfolio - (1952) - short story
  • Birds Can't Count - (1955) - short story
  • The Word - (1953) - short story
  • The Day of the Green Velvet Cloak - (1958) - short story
  • Winning Recipe - (1952) - short story
  • Letters from Laura - (1954) - short story
  • The Last Prophet - (1955) - short story
  • Mr. Sakrison's Halt - (1956) - short story
  • The Wild Wood - (1957) - short story
  • The Little Witch of Elm Street - (1956) - short story
  • A Day for Waving - (1957) - short story
  • The Gay Deceiver - (1961) - short story
  • Red Hearts and Blue Roses - short story (variant of A Red Heart and Blue Roses 1961)
  • Little Girl - short story
  • Tutti Frutti Delight - short story
  • The Stray - short story
  • The Man Who Stole Tomorrow - short story
  • Grandma's Refuge - short story
  • Sorrow for the Need - short story
  • You Remember Charles? - short story
  • Size 5 1/2 B - short story
  • Apologia - short story
  • The Tea Party - short story
  • The Vine - short story
  • Tribal Customs - short story
  • A Window for Mr. Stevens - short story
  • The Man Eater - short story
  • The List - short story
  • The Telling Day - short story
  • Threading a Closed Loop - short story
  • Top Hand - short story
  • A Time to Be Bold - short story
  • The Birthday Party - short story
  • A Stranger and a Pilgrim - short story
  • On the Nicer Side - short story
  • The Fathers of Daughters - short story
  • Watermelon Weather - short story
  • A Note from Eleanor - short story
  • All Stories by Mildred Clingerman Bibliography - essay by uncredited

The Last Prophet

Mildred Clingerman

This is about a wealthy bore whose only distinction was that he knew the forgotten cause of - but Mrs. Clingerman lets her story develop and reveal itself so easily that a blurb has no business even stating the theme.

This short story appears in the collections:

This novelette originally appeared in the August 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is available free on Luminist.

The Little Witch of Elm Street

Mildred Clingerman

A warm and gay story of magic in a quiet residential neighborhood, with a child-heroine who is all too literally bewitching,

This short story appears in the collections:

This story originally appeared in the April 1957 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda's One Hundredth Birthday Party

Tina Connolly

"That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda's One Hundredth Birthday Party" is a seriously funny story set in the world of Seriously Wicked, a young adult fantasy novel by Tina Connolly, the acclaimed author of Ironskin. Get ready to embrace your angsty inner witch at a pool party teeming with krakens, hexes, and cursed banana bread.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

Red Inferno: 1945

Robert Conroy

In April 1945, the Allies are charging toward Berlin from the west, the Russians from the east. For Hitler, the situation is hopeless. But at this turning point in history, another war is about to explode.

To win World War II, the Allies dealt with the devil. Joseph Stalin helped FDR, Churchill, and Truman crush Hitler. But what if "Uncle Joe" had given in to his desire to possess Germany and all of Europe? In this stunning novel, Robert Conroy picks up the history of the war just as American troops cross the Elbe into Germany. Then Stalin slams them with the brute force of his enormous Soviet army.

From American soldiers and German civilians trapped in the ruins of Potsdam to U.S. military men fighting behind enemy lines, from a scholarly Russia expert who becomes a secret player in a new war to Stalin's cult of killers in Moscow, this saga captures the human face of international conflict. With the Soviets vastly outnumbering the Americans--but undercut by chronic fuel shortages and mistrust--Eisenhower employs a brilliant strategy of retreat to buy critical time for air superiority. Soon, Truman makes a series of controversial decisions, enlisting German help and planning to devastate the massive Red Army by using America's ultimate and most secret weapon.

Red Sands

Paul B. Thompson
Tonya C. Cook

A dazzling inferno by day, a frigid tundra by night...

Five freedom-loving companions have escaped the dungeons of the mighty Sultan of Fazir: a female rebel nomad, a heretic priest, a panther shapeshifter, a thief from the city gutters, a young noble. It is up to them to foil the Faziri conquest.

Not only must they flee the relentless pursuit of the Invincibles, the Sultan's deadly lancers, but they must defeat subterranean behemoths and jealous desert jii, rabid gnoles and cruel necromancers... and worse.

The Entire Predicament

Lucy Corin

Lucy Corin's daring debut story collection leads the reader through a world where characters behave normally in the most extreme situations and bizarrely with almost no provocation at all. Unpredictable and playful, Corin brilliantly dissects time, people, places, and things, truly rendering how it feels to be human.

Futuredyke

Lea Daley

It was a desperate choice. Stay and die, or accept cryosleep and wake in the near future cured. Leslie Burke chose to sleep.

She awakens to the unthinkable--four thousand years and more have passed. Leslie and others like her are revived as scarcely tolerated refugees from the past.

Beset with loneliness and confusion, Leslie grapples with the enormity of the changes around her. Faxims live alongside humans, but she quickly realizes that the greed and duplicity of the human heart haven't changed.

Concerned only with finding a place for herself in a new world, Leslie can't fathom why she is singled out for scrutiny by the ruling Council. Who can she call friend? How can she trust her own heart, especially regarding the alluring--but not quite human--Aimée?

The Redward Edward Papers

Avram Davidson

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - essay by Michael Kurland
  • Introduction - essay by Randall Garrett
  • Sacheverell - (1964) - short story
  • The Lord of Central Park - (1970) - novelette
  • The Grantha Sighting - (1958) - short story
  • The Singular Events.... - (1962) - short story
  • Dagon - (1959) - short story
  • I Weep, I Cry, I Glorify - novelette
  • The 13th Brumaire - short story
  • Lemuria Revisited - novelette
  • In Which the Lodge Is Tiled - short story
  • Partial Comfort - novelette
  • Afterword for The Redward Edward Papers - essay
  • Afterword to Entire Book - essay

Heredity

Jenny Davidson

Elizabeth Mann, haunted by self-destructive habits, thinks that leaving New York will solve her problems. During a trip to London she comes face to face with the skeleton of the famous criminal Jonathan Wild. Her obsession with the thief is interrupted by an encounter with Gideon Streetcar, an infertility specialist and future lover.

At an auction a few weeks into their relationship, Gideon bids on a box of memoirs by Jonathan Wild's second wife, Mary. Her journals are doled out sparingly throughout the novel, leaving the reader and Elizabeth breathless for what happens next.

Influenced by conversations with Gideon about cloning possibilities, she enlists Gideon's help to allow her to give birth to the clone of Wild. Elizabeth is implanted with an egg with Wild's DNA and soon shows signs of pregnancy.

Both deadpan detective novel and twisted historical romance, Heredity shows how the past, present and future are linked. As the book ends, both heroines find themselves in similar situations: pregnant and damaged by the past but determined to survive.

The Red Men

Matthew de Abaitua

Nelson used to be a radical journalist, but now he works for Monad, one of the world's leading corporations. Monad make the Dr Easys, the androids which patrol London's streets: assisting police, easing tensions, calming the populace. But Monad also makes the Red Men - tireless, intelligent, creative and entirely virtual corporate workers - and it's looking to expand the programme. So Nelson is put in charge of Redtown: a virtual city, inhabited by copies of real people going about their daily business, in which new policies, diseases and disasters can be studied in perfect simulation. Nelson finds himself at the helm of a grand project whose goals appear increasingly authoritarian and potentially catastrophic. As the boundaries between Redtown and the real world become ever more brittle, and revolutionary factions begin to align themselves against the Red Men, Nelson finds himself forced to choose sides: Monad or his family, the corporation or the community, the real or the virtual.

'The Red Men' is at heart a novel about a character wrestling with his conscience, set against a pervasive and Orwellian vision of contemporary society: surveillance, automation, biotechnology, and their implications for our humanity.

The Church of Accelerated Redemption

Aliette de Bodard
Gareth L. Powell

Installing a network for the Church of Accelerated Redemption is just another crappy job in a series of crappy jobs for Lisa, an American engineer stuck doing menial work in Paris. That the Church uses artificial intelligences to power its never-ending prayer machines doesn't interest her at all: they're paying, and she needs enough money to survive in an increasingly crumbling world. Until a demonstration outside the Church's headquarters, and the appearance of Stéphane, an enigmatic man Lisa finds herself powerfully drawn to. What lies beneath his headscarf, why is he so interested in the Church--and how far will she be willing to go in order to earn his trust?

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science-Fiction (2010), edited by Jetse de Vries.

The Life Engineered

J. F. Dubeau

JF Dubeau's debut novel, The Life Engineered begins in the year 3594, where humanity is little more than a memory--a legend of the distant past destined to reappear. Capeks, a race of artificial creatures originally created by humans, have inherited the galaxy and formed a utopian civilization built on the shared goal of tirelessly working to prepare for their makers' return.

One moment a cop dying in the line of duty in Boston, the next "reborn" as a Capek, Dagir must find her place in this intricate society. That vaguely remembered "death" was but the last of hundreds of simulated lives, distilling her current personality. A robot built for rescue and repair, she finds her abilities tested immediately after her awakening when the large, sentient facility that created her is destroyed, marking the only instance of murder the peaceful Capeks have ever known. For the first time in their history, conflicting philosophies clash, setting off a violent civil war that could lay waste to the stars themselves.

Dagir sets off on a quest to find the killers, and finds much more than she sought. As the layers of the Capeks' past peel away to reveal their early origins, centuries-old truths come to light. And the resulting revelations may tear humanity's children apart--and destroy all remnants of humankind

RedKing

Craig DeLancey

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, March 2016. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (2017), edited by Gardner Dozois and The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, edited by Rich Horton.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones

Samuel R. Delany

Hugo and Nebula Award winning novelette. It originally appeared in New Worlds, #185 December 1968. The story has been reprinted many times. It can be found in the anthologies:

It is included in the collections Driftglass (1971), Distant Stars (1981), The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction (1986), Driftglass/Starshards (1993) and Aye, and Gomorrah: And Other Stories (2003).

Red X: A Novel

David Demchuk

A hunted community. A haunted author. A horror that spans centuries.

Men are disappearing from Toronto's gay village. They're the marginalized, the vulnerable. One by one, stalked and vanished, they leave behind small circles of baffled, frightened friends. Against the shifting backdrop of homophobia throughout the decades, from the HIV/AIDS crisis and riots against raids to gentrification and police brutality, the survivors face inaction from the law and disinterest from society at large. But as the missing grow in number, those left behind begin to realize that whoever or whatever is taking these men has been doing so for longer than is humanly possible.

Woven into their stories is David Demchuk's own personal history, a life lived in fear and in thrall to horror, a passion that boils over into obsession. As he tries to make sense of the relationship between queerness and horror, what it means for gay men to disappear, and how the isolation of the LGBTQ+ community has left them profoundly exposed to monsters that move easily among them, fact and fiction collide and reality begins to unravel.

The Shuttered Room and Other Tales of Horror

August Derleth
H. P. Lovecraft

Cross frontiers of fear into chill realms of terror

Strange and terrible experiences await you in this book. A mis-spawned, murderous abomination lurking in its shuttered prison, waiting for its chance to escape... a man's mind wrenched through aeons of time and imprisoned in an alien body... a "window" that looks out across the dimensions onto scenes of grotesque monstrosities about to break through into our world...an occult experimenter trying to acheove reptilian longevity - and horribly succeeding: these and more stories from th eouter limits of horror are here. Each one will transport you into icy territories of unimaginable fear...

H. P. LOVECRAFT
the century's greatest master of supernatural terror, left several stories unfinished at his untimely death. August Derleth, his friend and fellow writer, skillfully completed them. The stories in this volume are the result of this unique collaberation.

Contains:

  • The Survivor
  • Wentworth's Day
  • The Peabody Heritage
  • The Gable Window
  • The Ancestor
  • The Shadow Out of Space
  • The Lamp of Alhazred
  • The Fisherman of Falcon Point
  • The Dark Brotherhood
  • The Shuttered Room

A Slow Red Whisper of Sand

Robert Devereaux

WFA nominated novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology Love in Vein (1994), edited by Poppy Z. Brite and Martin H. Greenberg. The story is included in the collection Caliban and Other Tales (2002).

One Hundred and Two H-Bombs

Thomas M. Disch

Everyone--even the generals--hated the non-war. It cost a great deal, and there was no profit in it: it was insane. Yet allmost all of the adults were too deeply tangled in the system that produced the non-war to see their way out. That was almost the definaition of being an adult: That you couldn't see the way out...

But the children were tied by no such fetters of attitude and preconception. And one hundred and two strangely gifted orphans saw a way out very clearly.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1967) - essay
  • 102 H-Bombs - (1965) - novelette
  • The Sightseers - (1965) - shortstory
  • Final Audit - (1963) - shortstory
  • The Vamp - (1965) - shortstory
  • Utopia? Never! - (1963) - shortstory
  • The Return of the Medusae - (1963) - shortstory
  • The Princess' Carillon - (1963) - shortstory
  • Genetic Coda - (1964) - shortstory
  • White Fang Goes Dingo - (1965) - novelette
  • The Demi-Urge - (1963) - shortstory
  • Dangerous Flags - (1964) - shortstory
  • Invaded by Love - (1966) - novelette
  • Bone of Contention - (1966) - shortstory
  • Leader of the Revolution - (1965) - shortstory

0wnz0red

Cory Doctorow

Nebula Award nominated novelette. It was originally published on Salon, August 28th 2002. The story can also be found in the anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2005, edited by Jack Dann and the collection A Place So Foreign and Eight More (2003).

Read the full story for free at Salon.

Masque of the Red Death

Cory Doctorow

'The Masque of the Red Death' tracks an uber-wealthy survivalist and his followers as they hole up and attempt to ride out the collapse of society.

This novelette originally appeared in the collection Radicalized (2019).

The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away

Cory Doctorow

A monk belonging to a sysadmin order tracks "An Anomaly" in the real world.

This novelette originally appeared on Tor.com, August 6, 2008. It can also be found in the anthologies Year's Best SF 14 (2009), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, and Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories (2011), edited by John Joseph Adams. The story is included in the collection With a Little Help (2009).

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Kindred

Alechia Dow

To save a galactic kingdom from revolution, Kindred mind-pairings were created to ensure each and every person would be seen and heard, no matter how rich or poor...

Joy Abara knows her place. A commoner from the lowly planet Hali, she lives a simple life--apart from the notoriety that being Kindred to the nobility's most infamous playboy brings.

Duke Felix Hamdi has a plan. He will exasperate his noble family to the point that they agree to let him choose his own future and finally meet his Kindred face-to-face.

Then the royal family is assassinated, putting Felix next in line for the throne... and accused of the murders. Someone will stop at nothing until he's dead, which means they'll target Joy, too. Meeting in person for the first time as they steal a spacecraft and flee amid chaos might not be ideal... and neither is crash-landing on the strange backward planet called Earth. But hiding might just be the perfect way to discover the true strength of the Kindred bond and expose a scandal--and a love--that may decide the future of a galaxy.

Dreams of Shreds and Tatters

Amanda Downum

When Liz Drake's best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him. She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover's life - in her dreams he drowns.

Blake's new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can't fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the Dreamlands.

Even the attempt could kill her, or leave her mind trapped or broken. And if she succeeds, she must face the monstrous Yellow King, whose slave Blake is on the verge of becoming forever.

Ghost River Red

Aidan Doyle

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, July 2012.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Thousand and One Ghosts

Alexandre Dumas

Coming back into town after a hunting expedition, Alexandre Dumas witnesses an incredible scene: a man has come to hand himself in to the mayor after decapitating his wife, terrified by the fact that her severed head spoke to him even after her death. This prompts the guests at a dinner Dumas attends later that evening to exchange stories of death and the supernatural, ranging from accounts of the guillotine during the Terror to tales of vampires and fratricide in the Carpathians.

The Thousand and One Ghosts - here presented in its first and only translation into English - is a gloriously macabre work by the celebrated author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, which also touches on the serious political issue of capital punishment.

A Rose-Red City

Dave Duncan

The city of Mera is a fortress hidden from the rest of humanity, a sanctuary for the diverse group of people rescued from death by the Oracle that rules the city. The Oracle has brought together the citizens of Mera from every land and every time period, protecting them from the ravages of time, death and the evil demon forces that howl outside the city at night. All that the Oracle asks in return is a willingness to aid the rest of humanity, calling the citizens to go forth on various missions of rescue to mortals in need of aid.

The Oracle sends Jerry out into the wilderness, accompanied by his ancient Greek friend, Killer, a world-famous lecher and juvenile delinquent with deadly combat skills. There they must rescue a woman named Ariadne, on the run with her children and seeking shelter. But children are not allowed in Mera, and Ariadne will not leave them, while Mera's evil demon enemies move closer and closer to Jerry's and Killer's temporary place of respite.

By These Ten Bones

Clare B. Dunkle

A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon wins the admiration of the weaver's daughter, Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver, she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifying secret that threatens everything she loves.

There is an evil presence in the carver's life that cannot be controlled, and Maddie watches her town fall under a shadow. One by one, people begin to die. Caught in the middle, Maddie must decide what matters most to her-and what price she is willing to pay to keep it.

The House of Dead Maids

Clare B. Dunkle

Tabby Aykroyd thought she was coming to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be a maid, but she's not being asked to clean or cook. Then one day a man, presumably the owner of the house, shows up with a small boy. The boy insists he's the master of the house, and curiously no one disputes him. Tabby is to be his playmate. The young master is a savage little creature, but the house itself contains far worse: Scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House. Tabby is terrified for her life and the life of her young charge. But why isn't the young master afraid?

A Green and Ancient Light

Frederic S. Durbin

A gorgeous fantasy in the spirit of Pan's Labyrinth and John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things.

Set in a world similar to our own, during a war that parallels World War II, A Green and Ancient Light is the stunning story of a boy who is sent to stay with his grandmother for the summer in a serene fishing village. Their tranquility is shattered by the crash of a bullet-riddled enemy plane, the arrival of grandmother's friend Mr. Girandole--a man who knows the true story of Cinderella's slipper--and the discovery of a riddle in the sacred grove of ruins behind grandmother's house. In a sumptuous idyllic setting and overshadowed by the threat of war, four unlikely allies learn the values of courage and sacrifice.

Dragonfly

Frederic S. Durbin

As Hallowe'en draws near, 10-year-old Bridget Anne, nicknamed Dragonfly, hears unearthly noises drifting up from the basement of her Uncle Henry's funeral home. Impetuously jumping down a laundry chute to satisfy her curiosity, Dragonfly finds herself in the subterranean land of Harvest Moon, where morning never comes, where autumn leaves never desert the trees - for it is constantly Hallowe'en night. Threading her way through this perilous realm of monsters, vampires, werewolves, and worse, Dragonfly must find a way to rescue the human children imprisoned by Harvest Moon's dark masters - and to thwart an invasion of the surface world.

Primarily for adults, Dragonfly may also be enjoyed by precocious younger listeners. It is a story told in celebration of the wonder, nostalgia, and eerie delight of childhood Hallowe'ens, when jack-o'-lanterns flicker and things go bump in the night.

Tethered

Haris A. Durrani

This novelette originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July-August 2013, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, May 2016.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Redgunk Tales: Apocalypse and Kudzu from Redgunk, Mississippi

William R. Eakin

Set in the town of Redgunk, Mississippi – with a population of 400 people, a dog with black, smelly lips, and a mummy – these interwoven stories owe as much to Sophocles as they do to Flannery O'Connor, exploring the human condition against a background of swamp gas and lawnmower fumes. Redgunk is a place where Otis Zebrowsky, cable repairman, can suddenly be sucked into a mythic world older than ancient Greece; and where intelligent women like Mina Thorton can find absolute happiness in the guise of a made-to-order alien mate. In these stories of ghosts, alien abductions, and genetic experiments gone awry, immersed in a setting singing with cicadas, crawling with kudzu, and as redneck as any in the South, characters live and breathe with genuine hearts.

Contents:

  • Preface - essay
  • Lawnmower Moe - [Redgunk] - (1997) - short story
  • The Secret of the Mummy's Brain - [Redgunk] - (1996) - short story
  • Encounter in Redgunk - [Redgunk] - (1998) - short story
  • Meadow Song - [Redgunk] - (1997) - short story
  • Homesickness - [Redgunk] - (1999) - short story
  • A God for Delphi - novelette
  • How Boy Howdy Saved the World - (1999) - novelette
  • Unicorn Stew - [Redgunk] - (1998) - short story
  • Roadkill Fred - novelette
  • Dragon of Conspiracy - [Redgunk] - (1999) - short story
  • Plain Female Seeks Nice Guy - [Redgunk] - (1999) - short story
  • The Miracle of Swamp Gas Jackson - novelette
  • Redgunk, Texas - [Redgunk] - (1999) - short story

The Redemption of Althalus

David Eddings
Leigh Eddings

Mythmakers and world builders of the first order, the Eddingses spin tales that make imaginations soar. Readers have thrilled to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, magic-filled masterworks chronicling the timeless conflict between good and evil. But with those sagas brought to their triumphant conclusions, fans were left hungry for more. Now at last the wait is over. With The Redemption of Althalus, the Eddingses have created their first-ever stand-alone epic fantasy...

It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat--a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess.

She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other.

Boldly written and brilliantly imagined, The Redemption of Althalus is an epic fantasy to be savored in the reading and returned to again and again for the wisdom, excitement, and humor that only the Eddingses can provide.

Lady of the White-Spired City

Sarah L. Edwards

This short story originally appeared in Interzone, #222 June 2009. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 15 (2010), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred

Greg Egan

Sturgeon- and Locus-Award nominated novella

Camille is desperate to escape her home on colonized asteroid Vesta, journeying through space in a small cocoon pod covertly and precariously attached to a cargo ship. Anna is a newly appointed port director on asteroid Ceres, intrigued by the causes that have led so-called riders like Camille to show up at her post in search of asylum.

Conditions on Vesta are quickly deteriorating -- for one group of people in particular. The original founders agreed to split profits equally, but the Sivadier syndicate contributed intellectual property rather than more valued tangible goods. Now the rest of the populace wants payback. As Camille travels closer to Ceres, it seems ever more likely that Vesta will demand the other asteroid stop harboring its fugitives.

With "The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred," acclaimed author Greg Egan offers up a stellar, novella-length example of hard science fiction, as human and involving as it is insightful and philosophical.

Shattered Like a Glass Goblin

Harlan Ellison

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in the anthology Orbit 4 (1968), edited Damon Knight. The story can also be found in the anthology American Gothic Tales (1996), edited by Joyce Carol Oates, as well as the collections The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World (1969), Deathbird Stories: A Pantheon of Modern Gods (1975) and The Essential Ellison: A 35-Year Retrospective (1987).

When Stars Are Scattered

Spencer Ellsworth

Ahmed is a doctor working in a far flung outpost of humanity. His way was paid for by the leaders of his faith and his atheism is a guarded secret. His encounters with the "kite people" will cause him to doubt his whole worldview however when the aliens start dying and escalating tensions between religious extremists threatens to destroy the colony's peace. WHEN THE STARS ARE SCATTERED is a moving story about alien contact, religious intolerance, and the redemptive power of the divine channeled through the spirit.

Whether that spirit is human or alien.

Red Dreams

Dennis Etchison

Following the debut of the highly-acclaimed collection, The Dark Country, comes RED DREAMS, Dennis Etchison's seminal collection that redefined the short story in modern horror. From desert highways to dark urban landscapes, Etchison weaves a world of unlimited imagination.

This special "definitive" edition features a special introduction from Dennis' good friend, the late Karl Edward Wagner, and extensive story notes by the author, and the author's own preferred texts for all the stories.

Fourteen tales from the Master of Dark Fantasy-

  • Talking In The Dark
  • Wet Season
  • I Can Hear The Dark
  • The Graveyard
  • One The Pike
  • Keeper Of The Light
  • Black Sun
  • White Moon Rising
  • The Chill
  • The Smell Of Death
  • Drop City
  • The Chair
  • Not From Around Here

Mars - The Red Planet

Mick Farren

Moscoe Does Not Believe in Fears

When superstar TV journalist Lech Hammond heard rumors that the Martian Soviets had uncovered an alien artifact, he shipped out to Mars to investigate. But the KGB had the discovery under wraps, and with a serial killer on the loose and wild men rampaging near their secret base, they had closed ranks tighter than ever.

Hammond and his news crew were determined to break the story to the people of Earth. They never suspected that death stalked them and madness awaited them - or that, in a horrible way, the story had already been broken...

Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast

Eugie Foster

Nebula Award winning and Hugo and BSFA nominated short story.

In a far future society, people change their identities, their societal roles, even their personalities based upon the masks they must don each day. But not every citizen is content to play their mandated part, longing instead to discover who they are beneath their masks: sinner, gentleman, or beast.

The story originally appeared in Interzone, #220 February 2009, follewed a few months later by a publication in Apex Magazine, July 2009. It can also be found the Nebula Awards Showcase 2011, edited by Kevin J. Anderson.

Read the full story for free at Apex.

Lily Red

Karen Joy Fowler

This short story originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 1988 and was reprinted in Lightspeed, March 2013. It is included in the collections Peripheral Vision (1990) and Black Glass (1998).

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

Red Star, Winter Orbit

William Gibson
Bruce Sterling

This short story first appeared in Omni in July 1983. It was later reprinted in Gibson's collection Burning Chrome, and in Mirrorshades, edited by Bruce Sterling.

Alfred

Lisa Goldstein

WFA and Nebula Award nominated short story. It first appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, December 1992. The story can also be found in the anthologies Nebula Awards 29 (1995), edited by Pamela Sargent and Angels! (1995), edited by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann. It is included in the collection Travellers in Magic (1994).

The Red Magician

Lisa Goldstein

On the eve of World War II, a wandering magician comes to a small Hungarian village prophesying death and destruction. Eleven-year-old Kicsi believes Vörös, and attempts to aid him in protecting the village.

But the local rabbi, who possesses magical powers, insists that the village is safe, and frustrates Vörös's attempts to transport them all to safety. Then the Nazis come and the world changes.

Miraculously, Kicsi survives the horrors of the concentration camp and returns to her village to witness the final climactic battle between the rabbi and the Red Magician, the Old World and the New.

The Red Magician is a notable work of Holocaust literature and a distinguished work of fiction, as well as a marvelously entertaining fantasy that is, in the end, wise and transcendent.

Red as Blood and White as Bone

Theodora Goss

Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss is a dark fantasy about a kitchen girl obsessed with fairy tales, who upon discovering a ragged woman outside the castle during a storm, takes her in--certain she's a princess in disguise.

This Locus Award novelette is included in the anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11 (2017), edited by Jonathan Strahan.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

Red Rabbit

Alex Grecian

Sadie Grace is wanted for witchcraft, dead (or alive). And every hired gun in Kansas is out to collect the bounty on her head, including bona fide witch hunter Old Tom and his mysterious, mute ward, Rabbit.

On the road to Burden County, they're joined by two vagabond cowboys with a strong sense of adventure -- but no sense of purpose -- and a recently widowed schoolteacher with nothing left to lose. As their posse grows, so too does the danger.

Racing along the drought-stricken plains in a stolen red stagecoach, they encounter monsters more wicked than witches lurking along the dusty trail. But the crew is determined to get that bounty, or die trying.

Exposure

Louis Greenberg

In a Britain akin to this one, Vincent Rice falls off a ladder, literally at Petra Orff's feet. They introduce themselves, and he offers to take her to Metamuse, an alternative theatre experience like no other that he won tickets to in a competition he doesn't remember entering.

Vincent has a complex sense of home, and immigrant Petra senses a kindred spirit in him. As time goes on, inexplicable occurrences pile on top of one another, connected to Metamuse: certainly more than just a theatre experience. Unquiet dead seem to be reaching into the world to protest injustices both past and present.

Green Valley

Louis Greenberg

When Lucie Sterling's niece is abducted, she knows it won't be easy to find answers. Stanton is no ordinary city: invasive digital technology has been banned, by public vote. No surveillance state, no shadowy companies holding databases of information on private citizens, no phones tracking their every move.

Only one place stays firmly anchored in the bad old ways, in a huge bunker across town: Green Valley, where the inhabitants have retreated into the comfort of full-time virtual reality--personae non gratae to the outside world. And it's inside Green Valley, beyond the ideal virtual world it presents, that Lucie will have to go to find her missing niece.

Harrison Squared

Daryl Gregory

From award winning author Daryl Gregory, a thrilling and colorful Lovecraftian adventure of a teenage boy searching for his mother, and the macabre creatures he encounters.

Harrison Harrison--H2 to his mom--is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school. On Harrison's first day at school, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea.

Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones, fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources--and an unusual host of allies--to defeat the danger and find his mother.

Redwood and Wildfire

Andrea Hairston

Redwood and Wildfire is a novel of what might have been. At the turn of the 20th century, minstrel shows transform into vaudeville, which slides into moving pictures. Hunkering together in dark theatres, diverse audiences marvel at flickering images. This "dreaming in public" becomes common culture and part of what transforms immigrants and "native" born into Americans. Redwood, an African American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole Irish man, journey from Georgia to Chicago, from haunted swampland to a "city of the future." Gifted performers and hoodoo conjurors, they struggle to call up the wondrous world they imagine, not just on stage and screen, but on city streets, in front parlours, in wounded hearts.

The power of hoodoo is the power of the community that believes in its capacities to heal and determine the course of today and tomorrow. Living in a system stacked against them, Redwood and Aidan s power and talent are torment and joy. Their search for a place to be who they want to be is an exhilarating, painful, magical adventure. Blues singers, filmmakers, haints, healers.

All My Sins Remembered

Joe Haldeman

Otto McGavin is peaceful and idealistic by nature, an Anglo-Buddhist, who seeks employment with the Confederacion because he believes in it and its mission to protect the rights of humans and nonhumans. The only problem is that the Confederacion needs him as a Prime Operator for its secret service, the TBII, and the TBII wants Otto as a spy, a thief and an assassin.

It's not, of course, a problem for the Confederacion, which simply uses immersion therapy and hypnosis for Otto's training, and then sends him out in deep cover on a variety of dangerous missions on a number of bizarre worlds. But for Otto, it's a different matter: what he has to witness and what he is forced to do take a terrible toll on him...

Heartwired

Joe Haldeman

This short story originally appeared in Nature, March 24, 2005. It can also be found in the anthology Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition, edited by Rich Horton. The story is included in the collection A Separate War and Other Stories (2006).

Read the full story for free at Nature (*.pdf).

Redworld

Charles L. Harness

World-saver, or world-breaker?

The treaty that ended the civil war decreed that the men of science and the followers of the gods would split all of society between them. Yet Guild apprentice Pol was torn between the logic of science and the lure of faith, unaware that destiny had already chosen a very special role for him to play.

For Pol was about to encounter a woman of unique power, the mistress of a mysterious, forbidden castle, who would lead him down the pathways of prophecy to a strange and frightening new world...

101 Horror Books to Read Before You're Murdered

Sadie Hartmann

The Ultimate List of Must-Read Horror! Curious readers and fans of monsters and the macabre, get ready to bulk up your TBR piles! Sadie "Mother Horror" Hartmann has curated the best selection of modern horror books, including plenty of deep cuts. Indulge your heart's darkest desires to be terrified, unsettled, disgusted, and heartbroken with stories that span everything from paranormal hauntings and creepy death cults to small-town terrors and apocalyptic disasters. Each recommendation includes a full synopsis as well as a quick overview of the book's themes, style, and tone so you can narrow down your next read at a glance.

Featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman and five brand-new essays from rising voices in the genre, this illustrated reader's guide is perfect for anyone who dares to delve into the dark.

The Embroidered Book

Kate Heartfield

1768. Charlotte, daughter of the Habsburg Empress, arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Her sister Antoine is sent to France, and in the mirrored corridors of Versailles they rename her Marie Antoinette.

The sisters are alone, but they are not powerless. When they were only children, they discovered a book of spells -- spells that work, with dark and unpredictable consequences.

In a time of vicious court politics, of discovery and dizzying change, they use the book to take control of their lives.

But every spell requires a sacrifice. And as love between the sisters turns to rivalry, they will send Europe spiralling into revolution.

Brimming with romance, betrayal, and enchantment, The Embroidered Book reimagines a dazzling period of history as you have never seen it before.

The Red Bride

Samantha Henderson

This short story originally appeared on Strange Horizons, 5 July 2010, and again on 16 January 2017. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011, edited by Rich Horton.

Read the full story for free at Strange Horizons.

The Dripping of Sundered Wineskins

Brian Hodge

WFA nominated novella. It originally appeared in the anthology Love in Vein II: Eighteen More Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1997), edited by Poppy Z. Brite. The story is included in the collection Falling Idols (1998).

The Red Garden

Alice Hoffman

In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting more than three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.

The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives. From the town's founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.

At the center of everyone's life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.

Beautifully crafted and shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.

Rockets, Redheads & Revolution

James P. Hogan

Hogan is in the top rank of writers who write real science fiction about "real" science, and now he offers enthusiastic readers a special treat, giving them a guided tour through his many worlds. Learn new possibilities for smuggling through space travel; let Hogan explain how he personally brought about the fall of the Soviet Union; see what it would be like to rent-a-body of your choice; and much more.

Table of Contents:

  • Madam Butterfly - (1997) - novelette
  • How They Got Me at Baycon - essay
  • Identity Crisis - (1981) - novelette
  • Uprooting Again - essay
  • Leapfrog - (1989) - novelette
  • Boom and Slump in Space - essay
  • What Really Brought Down Communism? - essay
  • Last Ditch - (1992) - shortstory
  • Sorry About That - essay
  • AIDS Heresy and the New Bishops - essay
  • Evolution Revisited - essay
  • Zap Thy Neighbor - (1995) - novelette
  • Ozone Politics - (1993) - essay
  • Fact-Free Science - [Science Fact (Analog)] - (1995) - essay
  • Out of Time - (1993) - novella

Hiranyagarbha

Kevin Jared Hosein

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue, June 2016.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Murdered Sleep

Kat Howard

Originally published by Apex Magazine in August 2012, this short story was later anthologized in The Book of Apex: Volume Four of Apex Magazine (2013) and collected in A Cathedral of Myth and Bone (2019).

Read the story for free online at Apex Magazine.

Painted Birds and Shivered Bones

Kat Howard

Originally published by Subterranean Online in Spring 2013, this novelette has been anthologized in New York Fantastic edited by Paula Guran (2017) and collected in A Cathedral of Myth and Bone (2019).

Read the story for free online at Subterranean Magazine.

Fifth Planet

Geoffrey Hoyle
Fred Hoyle

A planetary system, consisting of a star and five planets, is travelling through our galaxy and will pass close to Earth. The four largest planets are gaseous, but the fifth, named Achilles, appears capable of supporting life. Two rival expeditions - one Anglo-American and one Russian - set out to land on Achilles and explore its mysteries. But almost from the moment of their arrival things begin to go terribly wrong... and when they return to Earth, something not human will be coming back with them.

Into Deepest Space

Geoffrey Hoyle
Fred Hoyle

From a great distance the Yela's recorded message crackled through on the micro-earpiece: 'For the time being you have won. But I am not defeated so easily.'

That had been three years ago, after Dick Warboys had repulsed the invading Yela by firing a lithium bomb into the Sun. But now that threat seems near fulfilment as appalled scientists detect the rapid approach of a vast, engulfing cloud of hydrogen. Can humanity survive on Earth or must selected pioneers abandon it in search of a safer region of the Galaxy?

To find the answer Dick and his allies from Space suffer a perilous voyage into the realms that reach the ultimate in understanding the physical universe.

October the First is Too Late

Fred Hoyle

Renowned scientist John Sinclair and his old school friend Richard, a celebrated composer, are enjoying a climbing expedition in the Scottish Highlands when Sinclair disappears without a trace for thirteen hours. When he resurfaces with no explanation for his disappearance, he has undergone an uncanny alteration: a birthmark on his back has vanished. But stranger events are yet to come: things are normal enough in Britain, but in France it's 1917 and World War I is raging, Greece is in the Golden Age of Pericles, America seems to have reverted to the 18th century, and Russia and China are thousands of years in the future.

Against this macabre backdrop of coexisting time spheres, the two young men risk their lives to unravel the truth. But truth is in the mind of the beholder, and who is to say which of these timelines is the 'real' one? In October the First Is Too Late (1966), world-famous astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) explores fascinating concepts of time and consciousness in the form of a thrilling science fiction adventure that ranks among his very best.

Ossian's Ride

Fred Hoyle

In the 1970 of this story, Eire has become an authoritarian police state, made somewhat acceptable to the population by the vast wealth flowing from a secret and forbidden science zone occupying a large area of the South-West. Here is based the mysterious 'Industrial Corporation of Éire' which has produced a range of new technologies. Its enigmatic founders are not Irish: they settled there and resist all attempts to find out who they are. A young British scientist agrees to be sent as a spy to find out just what is going on.

Rockets in Ursa Major

Fred Hoyle
Geoffrey Hoyle

It is the early twenty-first century. Humans are seeking signs of life elsewhere in the universe, but all exploratory ships have been lost without a trace--except for DSP 15. Thirty years after leaving Earth, and given up for lost, DSP 15 suddenly appears on radar screens at the space station at Mildenhall, England.

Her crew has been frozen to prevent aging, and as the ship settles to a landing, Dr. Richard Warboys eagerly waits with other scientists for word of what DSP 15 has found. But there is no crew, only a message scratched into a metal surface, signed by the captain: "If this ship returns to Earth, then mankind is in deadly peril--God help you."

Seven Steps to the Sun

Geoffrey Hoyle
Fred Hoyle

Mike Jerome, a likable young TV writer, visits Professor Smitt, a physicist, who gives him an idea for a TV script: using some source of light, perhaps a laser beam, one could reduce the human structure to a form that could be transmitted into the future as electrical pulses - and thus create time travel.

On the way home Mike is hit by a taxi, and when he recovers he finds the date is 1979 - ten years in the future. This is but the beginning of a series of bewildering, fascinating ten year jumps. Mike is living the time change himself! Jumps to 1989, 1999 and so on, take Mike into such far-reaching places as London, the Northern Territory of Australia, California and the Italian Alps, for a rousing series of adventures in all sorts of bizarre circumstances.

The Black Cloud

Fred Hoyle

Earth was dying...

One fourth of its population was dead. The rest had little time to live.

A mass of interstellar matter had invaded the solar system, fling planets out of orbit and blocking off the sun. In that titanic disaster, Man had one small chance to survive: Appeal to an alien intelligence that might exist and that might - or might not - care enough to help!

The Incandescent Ones

Fred Hoyle
Geoffrey Hoyle

Young Peter, a student of Byzantine Art at Moscow University, receives, through a cryptic sentence in a lecture, a message to buy two books of his choice at a specific hour in the University bookshop. When he opens the package, a third book has been included. It is this third book which sends Peter on a series of adventures leading to the unravelling of a mysterious power source guiding the destinies of planet Earth. His quest is also intimately linked with his father's baffling disappearance.

The Inferno

Geoffrey Hoyle
Fred Hoyle

Cameron, a tall, testy, whisky-drinking, nationalist-minded, Scottish physicist, may not have been an astronomer, but he knew the off things in the sky when he saw them. From an Australian mountaintop where he was advising on the location of a radiotelescope he saw what looked like Mars, in the wrong spot in the sky. But it wasn't Mars at all, it was a supernova... no, not a supernova but a quasar.

Knowing what would happen, Cameron dashed home to Scotland and found himself at a crossroads of his life. In the face of total catastrophe, and of intense heat, darkness and rain, he took over as natural leader with both the north and south of the United Kingdom turning to him for help.

A Matter of Matter

L. Ron Hubbard

When it comes to big dreams and schemes, young Chuck Lambert would give Walter Mitty a run for his money. In fact, Chuck's biggest dream of all is really out of this world. Because he's got his eyes on a prize in the sky. Chuck wants to buy a planet of his own....

Madman Murphy, the King of Planetary Realtors, is more than happy to oblige. He's got a whole galaxy of planets for sale. All Chuck needs is money ... and a lot of it. Eleven years later, saving every penny he can scrape up, Chuck's dream comes true. He takes possession and takes off for Planet 19453X....

One problem: Madman Murphy has sold Chuck a world of trouble. Because on Planet 19453X the water is undrinkable, the air is unbreathable, and the laws of physics don't apply. Has Chuck's dream turned into a nightmare? Not quite. As he's about to discover, sometimes, to fulfill your true desire, it's simply a matter of digging a little deeper....

By the time A Matter of Matter appeared in 1949, L. Ron Hubbard's stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a "master of the art of narrative." Hubbard's editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to the genre of science fiction and fantasy. The rest is Sci-Fi history.

Also includes the science fiction adventures, "The Conroy Diary," in which the man who opens up the universe to mankind also opens himself to charges of fraud and tax evasion; The "Obsolete Weapon", the story of an American GI involved in the 1943 invasion of Italy who slips back in time and finds himself fighting a different kind of battle--as a gladiator in ancient Rome; and "The Planet Makers", in which a great deal is at stake for the engineers who make planets habitable, but one of them has a surprising plan all his own.

A Very Strange Trip

Dave Wolverton
L. Ron Hubbard

Boldly go to times where no one has gone before.

While transporting a contraband Russian time machine and developmental weaponry, Private Everett Dumphee finds himself cast into new settings when the device suddenly activates.

What follows are fantastic high-tech experiences that might be called the ultimate off-road adventure. For the determined Dumphee--narrowly escaping with his life and three beautiful women--it is not necessarily a matter of will he make his destination, but when.

These four vivid characters trek through this fun and fast-moving journey like there's no tomorrow. Wherever that may be in A Very Strange Trip.

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

L. Ron Hubbard

In the year A.D. 3000, Earth is a dystopian wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by alien invaders known as Psychlos. Fewer than thirty-five thousand humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a post-apocalyptic Earth.

From the ashes of humanity rises a young hero, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler. Setting off on an initial quest to discover a hidden evil, Jonnie unlocks the mystery of humanity’s demise and unearths a crucial weakness in their oppressors. Spreading the seeds of revolt, Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom in an all-out rebellion that erupts across the continents of Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire, making it one of the best space opera books of our time.

For the fate of the Galaxy lies on the Battlefield of Earth.

Beyond All Weapons

L. Ron Hubbard

Firsten Guide is a tough, wise-cracking rebel leader who's light years ahead of his time--and about to lead his crew into a battle that's Beyond All Weapons.

He and his fellow colonizers of Mars have faced a brutal crackdown engineered by Earth's tyrannical government. But the resourceful Firsten has developed an extraordinary new fuel that enables him and his hardy band to escape into space--and time.

Escape, however, is not enough. Firsten wants revenge. But the universe is full of unexpected twists and turns. Just as Prometheus flew too close to the sun, Firsten will soon discover that when you attempt to break the laws of physics, you can get burned.

Also includes the science fiction adventures "Strain," the story of a space war's brutality and one man's struggle to keep a secret under the pain of torture; and "The Invaders," in which the distant crystal mines are under attack until a technician crystallizes a unique strategy to undermine the attackers.

Contents:

  • Beyond All Weapons - (1950) - short story
  • Strain - (1942) - short story
  • The Invaders - (1942) - novelette

Danger in the Dark

L. Ron Hubbard

Fortune hunter Billy Newman is not a man of great strength or physical courage. Like a young Johnny Depp, he gets by on his wit, wiles and good looks. And he's had quite a good run--striking gold in the Philippines and buying his very own island in the South Seas....

But there's trouble in paradise, and Billy's in the thick of it; The island's crops are failing; The island's people are dying; And the island's owner--Billy--is taking the heat; Why? Because he's angered the 75-foot-tall big-boss god of the island.

75-foot tall? To Billy, it's a laughable superstition--until he finds out just how serious the islanders are. They're out to sacrifice a beautiful young woman to the supposed god. The only way Billy can save her is to humor the locals and pretend to take the spirit on. But the joke may be on Billy, as he has to screw up some very real courage to face the very real Danger in the Dark.

Hubbard lived on Guam in 1927, while his father was assigned to the US naval station there. In his journals he describes a local superstition: the great cheese ghost named Tadamona. He wrote that the devil had the shape of a man, attained the height of coconut trees and was the cause behind all sickness and disease. To dispel the superstition, Ron descended into Tadamona's supposed abode, a great underground stream--an encounter reflected in Danger in the Dark.

Includes the fantasy adventures "The Room", in which Uncle Toby goes to his room, never to return, leaving it to his nephew to explore the magic and mystery of the place, and "He Didn't Like Cats", the story of one man's feline phobia and the hauntingly high price he pays for it.

Death's Deputy

L. Ron Hubbard

THE GOD PROTECT THOSE WHO SERVE

Flight Lieutenant Clayton McLean had bailed out of his burning plane...but the chute failed to open! No one could have survived such an experience, yet McLean did.

It was but the first of many such impossible excapes from certain death for the Lieutenant... and each time he was spared, someone else died.

By the time McLean realized what was happening to him, and what ruthless powers protected him, it was too late. He was a man who wanted desperately to die - but knew he could not...

Final Blackout

L. Ron Hubbard

London 1975. The World War is grinding to a halt. A force more sinister than Hitler's Nazi regime has seized control of Europe and is systematically destroying every adversary. Ordered by his superiors to return to British Headquarters, located in a vast underground fortress, "the Lieutenant" is torn between abiding by military codes and doing what he knows is right for his country.

Greed

L. Ron Hubbard

Is Greed good? The future of Earth and all of mankind may hang on that one question. And George Marquis Lorrilard--a space-age ace-pilot, adventurer, and fortune-hunter--is just the man to answer it.

The world is divided between Asia and the United Continents--two great superpowers locked in eternal warfare. But the balance of power is about to shift in Asia's favor. They have developed a top-secret weapon--the cohesion projector--that could lead to annihilation on an unprecedented scale.

But as far as Lorrilard is concerned, the number one problem with the projector is that it stands in the way of his profits. Can he find a way to subvert the powerful weapon and resume his enterprising exploits? For millions of people on Earth survival may ultimately depend on the power of one man's Greed.

Also includes the science fiction adventures, "The Final Enemy," in which Earth discovers it faces a distant, yet devastating new foe, the identity of which is the most shocking blow of all; and "The Automagic Horse," the story of a Hollywood special effects wizard who is about to apply his movie magic to a project that is out of this world.

Contents:

  • vii - Foreword: Stories from Pulp Fiction's Golden Age - (2008) - essay by Kevin J. Anderson
  • 1 - Greed - (1950) - short story
  • 31 - Final Enemy - (1950) - short story
  • 49 - The Automagic Horse - (1949) - novelette
  • 60 - The Automagic Horse - (1949) - interior artwork by Edd Cartier
  • 71 - The Automagic Horse [2] - (1949) - interior artwork by Edd Cartier
  • 80 - The Automagic Horse [3] - (1949) - interior artwork by Edd Cartier
  • 111 - Glossary (Greed) - essay by uncredited
  • 121 - L. Ron Hubbard in the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction - (2009) - essay by uncredited
  • 133 - The Stories from the Golden Age (bibliography) - (2008) - essay by uncredited

If I Were You

L. Ron Hubbard

Does size matter? Is bigger better? That's no small question to Tom Little--the circus midget with giant dreams.

Tom may be king of the midgets, but he's got far grander ambitions--to become the muscleman at the top, the ringmaster. Now, drawing on some dark ancient secrets and mystic texts, he's about to get his wish.

Assuming another man's identity, Tom discovers he must also take on his sins, debts, and enemies. He may be living large--but now there are those who want to make him pay for the big man's sins.

Also includes "The Last Drop," an astounding tale of a New York bartender who mixes some very magical drinks--to amazing effect.

Contents:

  • vii - Foreword: Stories from Pulp Fiction's Golden Age - (2008) - essay by Kevin J. Anderson
  • 1 - If I Were You - (1940) - short fiction
  • 9 - If I Were You - (1940) - interior artwork by uncredited
  • 53 - If I Were You [2] - (1940) - interior artwork by uncredited
  • 61 - The Last Drop - (1941) - short fiction by L. Sprague de Camp and L. Ron Hubbard
  • 71 - The Last Drop - (1941) - interior artwork by uncredited
  • 97 - Glossary (If I Were You) - essay by uncredited
  • 106 - "In writing an adventure story..." - (unknown) - essay
  • 107 - L. Ron Hubbard and American Pulp Fiction - (unknown) - essay by uncredited

Ole Doc Methuselah

L. Ron Hubbard

Renowned throughout the universe...

A star among the stars...

A timeless hero whose time is now...

Ole Doc Methuselah is his name, and saving the universe is his game.

He may be a touch absent-minded, a tad disorganized, with a slight tendency to lose all perspective in the presence of an attractive woman... but when it comes to saviors of the universe, you take what you can get.

And what you get with Ole Doc Methuselah--the most famous member of the most elite organization in the universe, the Soldiers of Light--is action, spectacle, mystery, and plenty of laughs along the way.

With his razor-sharp scalpel, hypodermic needles, and doctor's bag of tricks, he journeys to the far corners of the cosmos, vowing to cut out the corruption, confront the cruelty, and contain the warped psychology that plagues mankind--and all other kinds out there.

Yes, there is intelligent life in the universe after all. You'll find it in Ole Doc Methuselah. So if you're looking for an adventure to remember, this is just what the doctor ordered.

Contents:

  • [iii] - Foreword - essay by uncredited
  • 1 - Ole Doc Methuselah - (1947) - novelette
  • 36 - Her Majesty's Aberration - (1948) - short story
  • 52 - The Expensive Slaves - (1947) - short story
  • 66 - The Great Air Monopoly - (1948) - novelette
  • 98 - Plague - (1949) - novelette
  • 126 - A Sound Investment - (1949) - novelette
  • 150 - Ole Mother Methuselah - (1950) - novelette

One Was Stubborn

L. Ron Hubbard

Things are disappearing. Parts of buildings, parts of people, parts of the whole world--they're here today, gone tomorrow. Old Shellback--a character as crazy-smart as Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future--thinks he needs glasses. But all he really has to do is open his eyes... and see the light.

Or so says George Smiley--otherwise known as the Messiah. George claims that the reason things are vanishing is because he wants them to go away. He has no more use for the world... and so it goes. Say goodbye. But Old Shellback has a different idea, and since he is the most stubborn man in the universe, you might want to hear him out.

What's Shellback's idea? That two can play at this game. While George is making this world disappear, Old Shellback will make another one appear. Join him on an amazing odyssey--as he heads back to a future of his own making.

By the spring of 1938, Hubbard's stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a "master of the art of narrative." Hubbard's editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to a genre that was new, and essentially foreign, to him--science fiction and fantasy. The rest is Sci-Fi history.

Also includes the Science Fiction adventures "A Can of Vacuum," in which a practical joke on a space station proves that a good sense of humor is timeless, and "240,000 Miles Straight Up," the thrilling story of a race to the moon... and the one man who may be able to save the earth from Armageddon.

Return to Tomorrow

L. Ron Hubbard

Set in an uncertain, strife-torn future when the first starships of man are traveling across the galaxy--but not without extracting a terrible price from their crews.

The novel's thought-provoking opening line, "Space is deep, Man is small and Time is his relentless enemy," powerfully captures the challenges facing the brave men and women of these vessels--people who must give up their former lives to explore space as entire generations and whole societies come and go on Earth, while those aboard remain essentially untouched by the passage of time in a vessel traveling at nearly the speed of light.

This immersing, remarkably ruthless drama begins when Alan Corday, a naively unseasoned but brialliant young engineer, is shanghaied from the spaceport at New Chicago and taken aboard the "Hound of Heaven"--bound for the stars.

Commanded by a distantly mysterious but charismatic leader by the name of Captain Jocelyn, the "Hound" traverses teh galaxy in an effort to keep a lifeline between Earth and the first colonies in other star systems. But in the time span of a few crossings, conditions on Earth grow gradually worse and more dangerous, while those aboard are increasingly treated as outcasts and a threat to the powers that control the planet.

Against his will, Corday is mercilessly driven by Jocelyn to use his untested intellect and abilities to serve the ship and the beleaguered space colonies. But as events unfold among the turbulent reaches of the galaxy, and during the perilous returns to Earth, Corday discovers a startling truth about his destiny that will give a whole new meaning to man's place in the stars.

The Case of the Friendly Corpse

L. Ron Hubbard

Jules didn't want to be a necromancer. In fact he shoudn't have been one - particularly after he mixed, half and half - wrong halves at that! - the formula for reviving and restoring corpses and the formula for winning friends and influencing people.

The Crossroads

L. Ron Hubbard

Farmer Eben Smith is fed up with big government telling him how to run his life and his business. They pay him to bury his crops while folks starve in the streets, and he's not going to take it anymore. He's declaring his independence, loading up his fruits and vegetables, and heading for the city to wheel and deal....

But before he can trade in his turnips, Eben'll have to deal with something bigger--a break in the space/time continuum. He's at The Crossroads, where reality is turned upside-down and inside out. And before it's over, he'll turn his turnips into liquor, and the liquor into guns and gold, as he plunges into strange new worlds... finding ways to wreak havoc in all of them.

Also includes the fantasy adventures, "Borrowed Glory," the haunting story of two immortals who wager on two mortals given a single day of love... a wager that leads to heartbreak and tragedy; and "The Devil's Rescue" based on the legend of The Flying Dutchman, in which the sole survivor of a disaster at sea is "rescued" by the devil himself and finds that fate rests on a roll of the dice.

Contents:

  • The Crossroads - (1941) - novelette
  • Borrowed Glory - (1941) - short story
  • The Devil's Rescue - (1940) - short story

The End is Not Yet

L. Ron Hubbard

WWII intelligence officer Charles Martel, jailed in Leavenworth for bucking insane post war politicians with a new world order agenda, is "freed" by the chaos of WW III. Gathering haggard forces across 3 continents he unleashes an unlimited source of useful energy in a redoubt in the Atlas Mountains of Morrocco. Who will gather around him to fight to rebuild civilization from the post WW III fascism that has gripped the world? Could it be those the fascists depend on most? The captive brains who try to steal the secret of his energy source blow themselves and half their cities up. What happens when open and unstoppable communication of human rights and real values invades through the airwaves?

The Ghoul

L. Ron Hubbard

"Irish" is a bellhop at the Burton Hotel in New York whose curiosity continually lands him in the maximum amount of trouble. When the evil and exotic looking ghoul checks in at The Burton and Irish delivers a large chest seeming to contain nothing but air to this foul looking stranger's room, the inquisitive Irish begins searching for answers and lands himself in mishap after mishap in order to free himself from the power of supernatural forces.

The Great Secret

L. Ron Hubbard

Women. Liquor. Power...

Driven by greed and lust for power.

Does Fanner have a prayer?

That is Fanner Marston's mantra--his reason for being--and while he knows a little about the first and a lot about the second, he may well be on the verge of learning everything there is to know about the third. Power. He may, in fact, be about to uncover the key to gaining absolute control over the entire universe. The only problem is, Fanner is certifiably insane--a crazed Peter Lorre on a power trip....

His starship has crash-landed, and he's the sole survivor, which doesn't matter to him. Driven by greed and lust for power, wracked by thirst, hunger and pain, all he cares about is reaching the ancient city of Parva and making himself at home. Because there lies The Great Secret to universal domination--and what's a little suffering on the road to becoming God?

Does Fanner have a prayer? The writing's on the walls of Parva--and you won't believe what it says....

Also includes the Science Fiction adventures, The Space Can, in which a decrepit space battleship is a civilian fleet's only defense; The Beast, the tale of a hunter in the jungles of Venus, chasing an immoral beast; and The Slaver, in which an alien race has enslaved the human race, but can't repress the power of human love.

The Kingslayer

L. Ron Hubbard

The year: 3975.

The man: Christopher Randolph Kellan.

The mission: Kill the king of the galaxy.

He is the Kingslayer.

Young Kit Kellan has led a rough-and-tumble life - knocking around the Vega System in his youth as a tiger hunter, a brawler, and a bouncer in a bar. But his real fight is just beginning. Summarily expelled from the prestigious Terra University, he is taken into custody by an agent of the System Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Kit's crime: thinking too much and thinking too well.

He's not in custody for long, however. Snatched from captivity by the People's Revolutionary Society, Kit sets out an epic adventure that will take him to the farthest reaches of the universe - as he is chosen to undertake a mission of extraordinary difficulty and danger: assassinate the Arbiter.

Just who is the Arbiter? He is the omnipotent ruler of the stars. Empires rise and fall, wars rage, planets vanish... all at the snap of his fingers. And as Kit discovers, it's not easy to kill the most powerful man in the universe.

He'll have to outsmart shadowy spies, battle deadly saboteurs, and match wits with women as beautiful as they are dangerous. In the end - if he lives to see the day - he might just make a discovery that will change him, and the galaxy, forever.

"An exciting novel of the future. One thrilling adventure to another, ending with a surprising climax. Highly recommended." (Los Angeles Daily News)

Contents:

  • The Kingslayer - novella
  • The Invaders - (1942) - novelette
  • The Beast - (1942) - novelette
  • Preface (The Kingslayer) - essay

The Professor Was a Thief

L. Ron Hubbard

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Empire State Building has vanished into thin air! Gone, too, are Grant's Tomb and Grand Central Station, and all hell is breaking loose in New York City!

What's the story? One grizzled old newspaper reporter known simply as Pop--is on top of it... and better stay there because his livelihood is on the line. If Pop fails to get to the bottom of the vanishing landmarks, his job will disappear as well--and land in the hands of the newspaper publisher's son-in-law.

Any cub reporter could find someone breaking the laws of the city, but tracking down a suspect who's breaking the laws of physics is a different story altogether. But Pop's like a dog with a bone, and he won't let go until he gets at the truth... no matter how strange or astounding it is. In the end, he gets a lesson in larceny, proving that when you get down to business, size really does matter.

Also features the science fiction adventures "Battle of Wizards," in which an epic battle between science and magic unfolds with an entire planet hanging in the balance; and Hubbard's first published foray into science fiction and fantasy, "The Dangerous Dimension," the story of a mathematics professor who discovers an equation that enables him to teleport anywhere he can imagine... even if he doesn't want to go.

Contents:

  • vii - Foreword: Stories from Pulp FIction's Golden Age (The Professor was a Thief) - essay by Kevin J. Anderson
  • 1 - The Professor Was a Thief - (1940) - novelette
  • 55 - Battle of Wizards - (1949) - short story
  • 73 - The Dangerous Dimension - (1938) - short story
  • 103 - Story Preview: A Matter of Matter - (1949) - short fiction
  • 113 - Glossary (The Professor was a Thief) - essay by uncredited
  • 121 - L. Ron Hubbard in the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction - essay by uncredited
  • 133 - The Stories from the Golden Age (bibliography) - (2008) - essay by uncredited

The Tramp

L. Ron Hubbard

Penniless, homeless and virtually lifeless, the vagrant "Doughface" Jack is about to discover that where medical marvels meet the mysteries of the human mind, amazing things happen. Like one of the comic book X-Men mutants, The Tramp acquires a capability beyond his imagination and without equal on Earth.

Riding the rails, Jack runs afoul of a local sheriff and ends up with a crushed skull. He's as good as dead until a savvy country doctor performs a bit of medical magic. Jack wakes up to find that his brain has been drastically altered. He has the power to save lives--and destroy them--with a single glance.

Will Jack use his astounding power for good... or for evil? His journey of discovery takes him to New York and into the arms of a woman, who has a plan of her own. Together they're bound for Washington, D.C., and a psychic adventure that could change the shape of history.

The Tramp was originally serialized in 1938 in three issues of Astounding Science Fiction. Its respected editor, John W. Campbell, wrote: "Hubbard is a very highly experienced writer, an author with a tremendous background of writing in every field. He's one of the few professional writers I know of who gets a genuine kick out of the story he's writing. In The Tramp, the suspense is intensified step by step, because every step points the same way. There are no backward slips, no scattered accidents that tend in any direction other than the one toward which Hubbard is driving."

Typewriter in the Sky / Fear

L. Ron Hubbard

It's not easy living in someone else's world, trapped in a reality over which you have no control. But that is the story of Mike de Wolf's life... literally.

The whole thing started at his friend Horace's Greenwich Village apartment. Horace is a writer and he's decided to model one of his villains after Mike. Sounds crazy... until Mike reaches to turn on a light and gets the shock of his life.

Knocked unconscious, Mike wakes up to find himself tossing in a violent ocean surf and getting slammed against the rocks. That wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the bullets flying over his head, followed by the swordfight, certain to end in death... if not for the wild, beautiful woman on horseback who comes to his rescue.

This isn't the West Village anymore. Apparently it's the West Indies, some three hundred years ago, and Mike de Wolf is now Miguel Saint Raoul de Lobo, pursued across the Spanish Main by pirates, Englishman, and worse.

He doesn't know how he got here or why, but he does know he has to get out fast. Two problems: first off, the bad guys in Horace's stories never get out alive, and second, Mike's not all that sure he wants to leave after all. Seems he's fallen for that wild woman on horseback... What's a guy to do? The answer's written in the sky---in a wildly original, wickedly amusing novel in which, if you're not careful, you might just find yourself getting lost.

When Shadows Fall

L. Ron Hubbard

In a future where Mother Earth has cast her children to the distant stars to begin anew and colonize the cosmos, the planet remains depleted of natural resources. Its air polluted by caustic iron and belching smoke, Earth faces her last desperate days in the grip of global environmental collapse.

In one final and feeble effort, Earth's Grand President Mankin musters the dregs of his fleet and sends three separate missions to the deepest reaches of space. Their mission: solicit help from far-flung colonial civilizations, or watch the planet die.

Also includes the science fiction adventures, "Battling Bolto," the story of a giant, con man who's running an interstellar scam, while the biggest trick of all lies right under his nose; and "Tough Old Man," in which an aging constable's lack of feelings is not a matter of insensitivity, but of a secret--and surprising--side of his character.

Contents:

  • Tough Old Man - (1950) - novelette
  • When Shadows Fall - (1948) - short story
  • Battling Bolto - (1950) - short story

Red Run

A. M. J. Hudson

This short story originally appeared in Arden, volume XVI (2014), and was reprinted in Lightspeed, June 2015.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures

Andrew Dana Hudson

Through speculative fiction, five interlocking novelettes explore the possible realities of our climate future.

What is the future of our climate? Given that our summers now regularly feature arctic heat waves and wildfire blood skies, polar vortex winters that reach all the way down to Texas, and "100-year" storms that hit every few months, it may seem that catastrophe is a done deal. As grim as things are, however, we still have options. Combining fiction and nonfiction and employing speculative tools for scholarly purposes, Our Shared Storm explores not just one potential climate future but five possible outcomes dependent upon our actions today.

Set in the year 2054, during the Conference of the Parties global climate negotiations (a.k.a., The COP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Each story features a common cast of characters, but with events unfolding differently for them--and human society--in each alternate universe. These five scenarios highlight the political, economic, and culture possibilities of futures where investments in climate adaptation and mitigation promised today have been successfully completed, kicked down the road, or abandoned altogether. From harrowing to hopeful, these stories highlight the choices we must make to stabilize the planet.

Our Shared Storm is an experiment in deploying practice-based research methods to explore the opportunities and challenges of using climate fiction to engage scientific and academic frameworks. As such, the book includes an introduction and afterword, providing a framework for examining the SSPs as speculative narratives and the COP as a site for climate imaginaries, and offering a new theoretical contribution in the concept of "post-normal fiction"--a humanities iteration of sustainability's "post-normal science."

The Silvered

Tanya Huff

The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen--she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader--to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers' trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. With every step the odds against them surviving and succeeding soar...

The Red Secretary

Kameron Hurley

This shot story originally appeared on the autor's Patreon site in July 2016, and was reprinted in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 15, March-April 2017.

Read the full story for free at Uncanny Magazine.

One Hundred Shadows

Hwang Jungeun

An oblique, hard-edged novel tinged with offbeat fantasy, One Hundred Shadows is set in a slum electronics market in central Seoul - an area earmarked for demolition in a city better known for its shiny skyscrapers and slick pop videos. Here, the awkward, tentative relationship between Eungyo and Mujae, who both dropped out of formal education to work as repair-shop assistants, is made yet more uncertain by their economic circumstances, while their matter-of-fact discussion of a strange recent development - the shadows of the slum's inhabitants have started to 'rise' - leaves the reader to make up their own mind as to the nature of this shape-shifting tale.

Hwang's spare prose is illuminated by arresting images, quirky dialogue and moments of great lyricism, crafting a deeply affecting novel of perfectly calibrated emotional restraint. Known for her interest in social minorities, Hwang eschews the dreary realism usually employed for such issues, without her social criticism being any less keen. As well as an important contribution to contemporary working-class literature, One Hundred Shadows depicts the little-known underside of a society which can be viciously superficial, complicating the shiny, ultra-modern face which South Korea presents to the world.

The Dismembered

Jonathan Janz

In the spring of 1912, American writer Arthur Pearce is reeling from the wounds inflicted by a disastrous marriage and the public humiliation that ensued.

But his plans to travel abroad, write a new novel, and forget his ex-wife are interrupted by a lovely young woman he encounters on a London-bound train. Her name is Sarah Coyle, and the tale she tells him chills his blood.

According to Sarah, her younger sister Violet has been entranced by a local count, a man whose attractiveness and charisma are rivaled only by his shady reputation. Whispers of bizarre religious rites and experimental medicine surround Count Richard Dunning, though no wrongdoing has ever been proven. Sarah's family views the Count as a philanthropist and a perfect match for young Violet, but Sarah believes her sister is soon to become a subject in Count Dunning's hideous ceremonies.

Smitten by Sarah and moved to gallantry by her plight, Arthur agrees to travel to Altarbrook, Sarah's rural ancestral home, in order to prevent Violet from falling into ruin. He soon learns, however, that his meeting with Sarah on the train was no accident. And his arrival at Altarbrook represents a crucial but ghastly step in the Count's monstrous plot.

Red Dirt Witch

N. K. Jemisin

The White Lady is coming for the future of Emmaline's family, but the red soil of Alabama grows a different sort of magic in defense.

This short story originally appeared in Fantasy Magazine, December 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! special issue. It can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven (2017), edited by Jonathan Strahan, and The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017, edited by Paula Guran.

Interface

Neal Stephenson
George F. Jewsbury

A near-future thriller in which a shadowy coalition bent on controlling the world economy attempts to manipulate the president of the United States through the use of a computer bio-chip implanted in his brain.

Stephen Bury is a collective pseudonym for authors Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George.

Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland

Gwyneth Jones

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996), edited by Ellen Datlow. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997), edited by Gardner Dozois, Year's Best SF 2 (1997), edited by David G. Hartwell, Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007), edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel, and Dangerous Games (2007), edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection The Universe of Things (2011).

The Red King

Victor Kelleher

Aided only by a trained bear and a monkey, a magician and an acrobat challenge the power of the evil Red King who rules the Forest Lands by spreading the red fever to those who refuse to pay him tribute.

Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka

James Patrick Kelly
John Kessel

The tourist shops of Prague sell dozens of items commemorating Franz Kafka. You can drink a latte in the Café Kafka, add sugar to it from a packet with Kafka's face on it, and then light your cigarette from a box of Kafka matches.

Franz Kafka died in obscurity in 1924, publishing only a handful of bizarre stories in little-known literary magazines. Yet today he persists in our collective imaginations. Even those who have never read any of Kafka's fiction describe their tribulations with the Department of Motor Vehicles as being Kafkaesque.

Kafkaesque explores the fiction of generations of authors inspired by Kafka's work. These dystopic, comedic, and ironic tales include T. C. Boyle's roadside garage that is a never-ending trial, Philip Roth's alternate history in which Kafka immigrates to America to date his aunt, Jorge Luis Borges's labyrinthine public lottery that redefines reality, Carol Emshwiller's testimony by the first female to earn the right to call herself a "man," and Paul Di Filippo's unfamiliar Kafka -- journalist by day, costumed crime-fighter by night.

Also included is Kafka's classic story "The Hunger Artist," appearing both in a brand-new translation and in an illustrated version by legendary cartoonist R. Crumb (Fritz the Cat). Additionally, each author discusses Kafka's writing, its relevance, its personal influence, and Kafka's enduring legacy.

Table of Contents

  • Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka - interior artwork by John Coulthart
  • Stories After Kafka - essay by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
  • Kafka Chronology - essay
  • A Hunger Artist - short story by Franz Kafka (trans. of Ein Hungerkünstler 1924)
  • On the Translation of 'A Hunger Artist' - essay by John Kessel
  • Introduction to The Drowned Giant - essay by J. G. Ballard
  • The Drowned Giant (1964) - short story by J. G. Ballard
  • Introduction to The Cockroach Hat - essay by Terry Bisson
  • The Cockroach Hat (2010) - short story by Terry Bisson
  • Introduction to Hymenoptera - essay by Michael Blumlein
  • Hymenoptera (1993) - short story by Michael Blumlein
  • Introduction to The Lottery in Babylon - essay by Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Lottery in Babylon (1998) - short story by Jorge Luis Borges (trans. of La lotería en Babilonia 1941)
  • Introduction to The Big Garage - (2005) - essay by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Big Garage (1981) - short story by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Introduction to The Jackdaw's Last Case - essay by Paul Di Filippo
  • The Jackdaw's Last Case (1997) - short story by Paul Di Filippo
  • Introduction to Report to the Men's Club - essay by Carol Emshwiller
  • Report to the Men's Club (2002) - short story by Carol Emshwiller
  • Introduction to Bright Morning - essay by Jeffrey Ford
  • Bright Morning (2002) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • Introduction to The Rapid Advance of Sorrow - essay by Theodora Goss
  • The Rapid Advance of Sorrow (2002) - short story by Theodora Goss
  • Introduction to Stable Strategies for Middle Management - essay by Eileen Gunn
  • Stable Strategies for Middle Management (1988) - short story by Eileen Gunn
  • Introduction to The Handler - (1976) - essay by Damon Knight
  • The Handler (1960) - short story by Damon Knight
  • Introduction to Receding Horizon - essay by Jonathan Lethem
  • Receding Horizon (1995) - short story by Jonathan Lethem and Carter Scholz
  • Introduction to A Hunger Artist - essay by David Mairowitz
  • A Hunger Artist - short story by Robert Crumb and David Mairowitz
  • Introduction to "I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting"; or, Looking at Kafka - essay by Philip Roth
  • "I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting"; or, Looking at Kafka (1969) - short story by Philip Roth
  • Introduction to The 57th Franz Kafka - essay by Rudy Rucker
  • The 57th Franz Kafka (1982) - short story by Rudy Rucker
  • Introduction to The Amount to Carry - essay by Carter Scholz
  • The Amount to Carry (1998) - novelette by Carter Scholz
  • Introduction to Kafka in Brontëland - essay by Tamar Yellin
  • Kafka in Brontëland (2002) - short story by Tamar Yellin

Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology

John Kessel
James Patrick Kelly

Cyberpunk is dead. The revolution has been co-opted by half-assed heroes, overclocked CGI, and tricked-out shades. Once radical, cyberpunk is now nothing more than a brand.

Time to stop flipping the channel.

These sixteen extreme stories reveal a government ninja routed by a bicycle repairman, the inventor of digitized paper hijacked by his college crush, a dead boy trapped in a warped storybook paradise, and the queen of England attacked with the deadliest of forbidden technology: a working modem. You'll meet Manfred Macx, renegade meme-broker, Red Sonja, virtual reality sex-goddess, and Felix, humble sys-admin and post-apocalyptic hero.

Editors James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology) have united cyberpunk visionaries William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Pat Cadigan with the new post-cyberpunk vanguard, including Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and Jonathan Lethem. Including a canon-establishing introduction and excerpts from a hotly contested online debate, Rewired is the first anthology to define and capture the crackling excitement of the post-cyberpunks.

From the grittiness of Mirrorshades to the Singularity and beyond, it's time to revive the revolution.

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The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years

Shubnum Khan

Akbar Manzil was once a grand estate off the coast of South Africa. Nearly a century later, it stands in ruins: an isolated boardinghouse for eclectic misfits, seeking solely to disappear into the mansion's dark corridors. Except for Sana. Unlike the others, she is curious and questioning and finds herself irresistibly drawn to the history of the mansion: To the eerie and forgotten East Wing, home to a clutter of broken and abandoned objects--and to the door at its end, locked for decades.

Behind the door is a bedroom frozen in time and a worn diary that whispers of a dark past: the long-forgotten story of a young woman named Meena, who died there tragically a hundred years ago. Watching Sana from the room's shadows is a besotted, grieving djinn, an invisible spirit who has haunted the mansion since her mysterious death. Obsessed with Meena's story, and unaware of the creature that follows her, Sana digs into the past like fingers into a wound, dredging up old and terrible secrets that will change the lives of everyone living and dead at Akbar Manzil. Sublime, heart-wrenching, and lyrically stunning, The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years is a haunting, a love story, and a mystery, all twined beautifully into one young girl's search for belonging.

Edges

Virginia Kidd
Ursula K. Le Guin

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Ballad of Bowsprit Bear's Stead - novelette by Damien Broderick
  • Omens - short story by Carol Emshwiller
  • Touch the Earth - short story by Scott Russell Sanders
  • The Other Magus - short story by Avram Davidson
  • Peek-A-Boom - short story by Sonya Dorman
  • Suzanne Delage - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • The Finger - (1980) - short story by Naomi Mitchison
  • Barranca, King of the Tree Streets - short story by Lowry Pei
  • Thomas in Yahvestan - novelette by George P. Elliott
  • The Vengeance of Hera, or Monogamy Triumphant - short story by Thomas M. Disch
  • Falling - short story by Raylyn Moore
  • Father Returns from the Mountain - short story by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Oracle - novella by M. J. Engh

Interfaces

Virginia Kidd
Ursula K. Le Guin

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Ursula K. Le Guin and Virginia Kidd
  • The Reason for the Visit - short story by John Crowley
  • Set Piece - short story by Jill Paton Walsh
  • Everything Blowing Up: An Adventure of Una Persson, Heroine of Time and Space - novelette by Hilary Bailey
  • The New Zombies - short story by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis
  • Earth and Stone - novelette by Robert Holdstock
  • A Short History of the Bicycle: 401 B.C. to 2677 A.D. - short story by Michael Bishop
  • Shadows, Moving - short story by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The Trumpeter Swan - poem by Laurence Josephs
  • Lose, Place and Show - poem by Laurence Josephs
  • The Pastseer - novelette by Philippa C. Maddern
  • Hunger and the Computer - short story by Gary Weimberg
  • Household Gods - short story by Daphne Castell
  • Bender, Fenugreek, Slatterman and Mupp - short story by D. G. Compton
  • Precession - short story by Edward Bryant
  • A Criminal Proceeding - short story by Gene Wolfe
  • For Whom are Those Serpents Whistling Overhead? - short story by Jean Femling
  • The Summer Sweet, the Winter Wild - short story by Michael G. Coney
  • The Gods in Winter - poem by Sonya Dorman
  • Slow Music - novella by James Tiptree, Jr.

Millennial Women

Virginia Kidd

In these spellbinding stories, six of today's best-known science fiction authors write about women who must fight to develop their own identities. Luz Falco of Ursula K. Le Guin's new novel The Eye of the Heron follows the only truth she knows, even though it means exile in an endless wilderness. elana Driver of Diana L. Paxson's The Song of N'Sardi-El risks her vital scientific work and the safety of her spaceship's crew when a frightened young orphan is taken on board. Amanda of Joan Vinge's novelette becomes an outcase when she defies her father and offers shelter to a stranger who has fallen out of the sky.

These women live in alien worlds, but their situations are hauntingly familiar, and their stories have the impact of prophecy.

Table of Contents:

  • Prayer for My Daughter - poem by Marilyn Hacker
  • Introduction - essay by Virginia Kidd
  • No One Said Forever - short story by Cynthia Felice
  • The Song of N'Sardi-el - short story by Diana L. Paxson
  • Jubilee's Story - short story by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • Mab Gallen Recalled - short story by Cherry Wilder
  • Phoenix in the Ashes - novelette by Joan D. Vinge
  • The Eye of the Heron - novel by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Biographical Notes - essay

Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart is the follow-up to Caitlín R. Kiernan's World-Fantasy Award nominated The Ammonite Violin & Others, a collection that drew comparisons to the writings of such luminaries of the macabre and surreal as Angela Carter, Thomas Ligotti, Shirley Jackson, and Harlan Ellison. Here, again, in her eighth collection, we visit the borderlands where the weird, horrific, mythic, and erotic intersect. Once again, Kiernan sets her masterful, intoxicating prose to the task of retelling fairy tales, spinning sensual post-Lovecraftian yarns, and blurring the lines between pain and pleasure. Here is a celebration of the bizarre and beautiful, and a marriage of unlikely worlds. From a reverence of the dead to the sacrifices the living make to unspeakable gods, from clockwork dreams to tales of merciless revenge, Kiernan blurs the artificial lines of genre, and shows us a world where there is no division between the light and dark.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Sexing the Weird - essay
  • The Wolf Who Cried Girl - (2007) - short story
  • The Bed of Appetite - (2007) - short story
  • Subterraneus - (2012) - short story
  • The Collector of Bones - (2008) - short story
  • Beatification - (2008) - short story
  • Untitled Grotesque - (2007) - short story
  • Flotsam - (2009) - short story
  • Regarding Attrition and Severance - (2008) - short story
  • Rappaccini's Dragon (Murder Ballad No. 5) - (2008) - short story
  • Unter den Augen des Mondes - (2008) - short story
  • The Melusine (1898) - (2011) - short story
  • Fecunditatum (Murder Ballad No. 6) - (2012) - short story
  • I Am the Abyss, and I Am Light - (2008) - short story
  • Dancing with the Eight of Swords - (2008) - short story by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Murder Ballad No. 7 - (2008) - short story
  • Lullaby of Partition and Reunion - (2008) - short story
  • Derma Sutra (1891) - (2008) - short story
  • The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade - (2009) - short story
  • The Belated Burial - (2009) - short story
  • The Bone's Prayer - (2009) - short story
  • A Canvas for Incoherent Arts - (2009) - short story
  • The Peril of Liberated Objects, or the Voyeur's Seduction - (2009) - short story
  • Pickman's Other Model (1929) - (2008) - novelette
  • At the Gate of Deeper Slumber - (2009) - short story
  • Fish Bride - (2009) - short story
  • "But She Also Lies Broken and Transformed": An Afterword - essay by Sonya Taaffe
  • About the Author - essay

The Red Tree

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant-a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolate corner of the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks her health and her sanity to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago...

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Stephen King

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a novella by Stephen King. It originally appeared in the collection Different Seasons (1982).

Preferred Risk

Frederik Pohl
Lester del Rey

The Company was a powerful, efficient, and monstrous insurance organization that controlled the entire world, scientifically regulating everything in life: war, epidemics, one-a-day food pills and test-tube sex...all through the use of its patented, terrifying human deep-freeze vault.

Claims Adjuster Wills, a great believer in the Company, begins to have second thoughts when he meets beautiful and sorrowful Rena, whose radical father lies in a frozen subterranean vault.

KIT: Some Assembly Required

Kathe Koja
Carter Scholz

This short story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, August 2016, and was reprinted in Clarkesworld, Issue 139, April 2018. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (2017).

Read the full story for free at Clarkesworld.

The Other Side

Alfred Kubin

The Other Side tells of a dream kingdom which becomes a nightmare, of a journey to Pearl, a mysterious city created deep in Asia, which is also a journey to the depths of the subconcious, or as Kubin himself called it, 'a sort of Baedeker for those lands which are half known to us'. Written in 1908, and more or less half way between Meyrink and Kafka, it was greeted with wild enthusiasm by the artists and writers of the Expressionist generation.

Expressionist illustrator Kubin wrote this fascinating curio, his only literary work in 1908. A town named Pearl, assembled and presided over by the aptly named Patera, is the setting for his hallucinatory vision of a society founded on instinct over reason. Culminating apocalyptically - plagues of insects, mountains of corpses and orgies in the street - it is worth reading for its dizzying surrealism alone. Though ostensibly a gothic macabre fantasy, it is tempting to read The Other Side as a satire on the reactionary, idealist utopianism evident in German thought in the early twentieth century, highly prescient in its gloom, given later developments. The language often suggests Nietsche. The inevitable collapse of Patera's creation is lent added horror by hindsight. Kubin's depiction of absurd bureaucracy is strongly reminiscent of Kafka's The Trial, and his flawed utopia, situated next to a settlement of supposed savages, brings to mind Huxley's Brave New World; it precedes both novels, and this superb new translation could demonstrate its influence on subsequent modern literature.

It will appeal to fans of Mervyn Peake and readers who like the darkly decadent, the fantastic and the grotesque in their reading.

Sacred Ground

Mercedes Lackey

Jennifer Talldeer is Osage and Cherokee, granddaughter of a powerful Medicine Man. She walks a difficult path: contrary to tribal custom, she is learning a warrior's magics. A freelance private investigator, Jennifer spends hours tracking down stolen Indian artifacts.

The construction of a new shopping mall uncovers fragments of human bone, revealing possible desecration of an ancient burial ground. the sabotage of construction equipment implicated Native American activists--particularly Jennifer's old flame, who is more attractive, and more dangerous, than ever. Worst of all, the grave of Jennifer's legendary medicine Man ancestor has been destroyed, his tools of power scattered, and a great evil freed to walk the land.

Jennifer must stand against the darkness. If she wavers even for an instant, she will be annihilated, and the world will fall into oblivion.

Nine Hundred Grandmothers

R. A. Lafferty

Here at last are the finest of Lafferty's shorter works, stories about - * A man who found one day that he knew absolutely everyone in the world *A race who kept their most ancient ancestors on shelves in the basements * A speeded-up world where a man could earn and lose a dozen fortunes a night. * Friendly bearlike creature named snuffles who said he was God ...in all, twenty-one immensely enjoyable stories that will continue to delight you long after you've finished reading them.

Table of Contents:

  • Nine Hundred Grandmothers [Habitable Worlds] (1966) - short story
  • Land of the Great Horses [Institute for Impure Science] (1967) - short story
  • Ginny Wrapped in the Sun (1967) - short story
  • The Six Fingers of Time (1960) - novelette
  • Frog on the Mountain [Paravata] (1970) - novelette
  • All the People (1961) - short story
  • Primary Education of the Camiroi [Camiroi] (1966) - short story
  • Slow Tuesday Night (1965) - short story
  • Snuffles [Habitable Worlds] (1960) - novelette
  • Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne [Institute for Impure Science] (1967) - short story
  • Name of the Snake [Habitable Worlds] (1964) - short story
  • Narrow Valley (1966) - short story
  • Polity and Custom of the Camiroi [Camiroi] (1967) - short story
  • In Our Block (1965) - short story
  • Hog-Belly Honey (1965) - short story
  • Seven-Day Terror (1962) - short story
  • The Hole on the Corner (1967) - short story
  • What's the Name of That Town? [Institute for Impure Science] (1964) - short story
  • Through Other Eyes [Institute for Impure Science] (1960) - novelette
  • One at a Time (1968) - short story
  • Guesting Time [Habitable Worlds] (1965) - short story

Red Spikes

Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan's electrifying stories take place in worlds not quite our own, and yet each one illuminates what it is to be human. They are stories of yearning for more, and learning to live with what you have. Stories that show the imprint love leaves on us all.

If you think you don't like short fiction, that a story can't have the depth or impact of a novel, then you haven't read Margo Lanagan. A writer this startling and this original doesn't come along very often. So for anyone who likes to be surprised, touched, unsettled, intrigued, or scared senseless, prepare to be dazzled by what a master storyteller can do in a few short pages.

Razored Saddles

Joe R. Lansdale
Pat LoBrutto

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Cowpunk Anthology - (1989) - essay by Joe R. Lansdale and Pat LoBrutto
  • Black Boots - (1989) - short story by Robert R. McCammon
  • Thirteen Days of Glory - (1989) - short story by Scott A. Cupp
  • Gold - (1989) - novelette by Lewis Shiner
  • The Tenth Toe - (1989) - short story by F. Paul Wilson
  • Sedalia - (1989) - novelette by David J. Schow
  • Trapline - (1989) - short story by Ardath Mayhar
  • Trail of the Chromium Bandits - (1989) - short story by Al Sarrantonio
  • Dinker's Pond - (1989) - short story by Richard Laymon
  • Stampede - (1989) - short story by Melissa Mia Hall
  • Razored Saddles - (1989) - short story by Robert Petitt
  • Empty Places - (1989) - short story by Gary L. Raisor
  • Tony Red Dog - (1989) - novelette by Neal Barrett, Jr.
  • The Passing of the Western - (1989) - short story by Howard Waldrop
  • Eldon's Penitente - (1989) - short story by Lenore Carroll
  • The Job - (1989) - short story by Joe R. Lansdale
  • I'm Always Here - (1989) - short story by Richard Christian Matheson
  • "Yore Skin's Jes's Soft 'N Purty..." He Said. (Page 243) - (1989) - short story by Chet Williamson

The Endangered Camp

Ann Leckie

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2009), edited by Mike Allen. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2010, edited by Rich Horton.

Listen to or read the full story for free at Escape Pod.

Untethered Sky

Fonda Lee

Ester's family was torn apart when a manticore killed her mother and baby brother, leaving her with nothing but her father's painful silence and a single, overwhelming need to kill the monsters that took her family.

Ester's path leads her to the King's Royal Mews, where the giant rocs of legend are flown to hunt manticores by their brave and dedicated ruhkers. Paired with a fledgling roc named Zahra, Ester finds purpose and acclaim by devoting herself to a calling that demands absolute sacrifice and a creature that will never return her love. The terrifying partnership between woman and roc leads Ester not only on the empire's most dangerous manticore hunt, but on a journey of perseverance and acceptance.

Red as Blood

Tanith Lee

BFA and Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1979. It can be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 6 (1980), edited by Lin Carter and The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy By Women (1995), edited by A. Susan Williams and Richard Glyn Jones. It is included in the collections Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer (1983), Forests of The Night (1990) and Tanith By Choice: The Best of Tanith Lee (2017).

Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer

Tanith Lee

How would it be if Snow White were the real villain & the wicked queen just a sadly maligned innocent? What if awakening the Sleeping Beauty should be the mistake of a lifetime--of several lifetimes? What if the famous folk tales were retold with an eye to more horrific possibilities? Only Tanith Lee could do justice to it.

In RED AS BLOOD, she displays her soaring imagination at its most fantastically mischievous. Not for nothing was the title story named as a Nebula nominee. Not for nothing was the author of THE BIRTHGRAVE & THE STORM LORD called by New York's Village Voice, "Goddess-Empress of the Hot Read." Here are the world-famous tales of such as the Brothers Grimm as they might have been retold by the Sisters Grimmer! Fairy tales for children? Not on your life!

Table of Contents:

  • Paid Piper - (1981) - shortstory
  • Red as Blood - (1979) - shortstory
  • Thorns - (1972) - shortstory
  • When the Clock Strikes - (1980) - shortstory
  • The Golden Rope - novelette
  • The Princess and Her Future - shortstory
  • Wolfland - (1980) - novelette
  • Black as Ink - novelette
  • Beauty - novelette

Redder Than Blood

Tanith Lee

A vampiric Snow White whose pious stepmother is her only salvation....

A supernatural Cinderella who strikes at midnight, leaving behind a prince mad with desire....

A sleeping beauty never meant to be woken...

In her World Fantasy Award-nominated short story collection, Red as Blood, Tanith Lee deconstructed familiar fairy tales, recapturing their original darkness and horror in haunting new interpretations. Behind gilded words and poised princesses, she exposed a sinister world of violence, madness, and dangerous enchantments.

With Redder than Blood, Lee resumes the tradition of twisting tales. Among its nineteen tales, this volume explores unnerving variations of Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince, Snow White, and other classics, including three never-before-published stories.

A recognized master fantasist, Tanith Lee has won multiple awards for her craft, including the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Horror.

Rosetta Stone

Fred Lerner

This short story originally appeared in Artemis #1, Spring 2000. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 5 (2000), edited by David G. Hartwell.

The Red Tower

Thomas Ligotti

Winner of the 1996 Stoker award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, nominated for the 1997 BFA Best Short Fiction award.

This short story originally appeared in the collection The Nightmare Factory (1996). It has been subsequently republished several times.

The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

Cordwainer Smith

The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smithis the second book in the "NESFA's Choice" series. It brings back into print all of the short science fiction of Cordwainer Smith, and includes two never before published stories.

The Rediscovery of Man includes all of Smith's short science fiction, including:

  • "Scanners Live in Vain"
  • "The Ballad of Lost C'mell"
  • "The Dead Lady of Clown Town"
  • "The Game of Rat and Dragon"
  • "On the Storm Planet"

It also includes an in-depth introduction to the works of Cordwainer Smith by John J. Pierce, a noted authority on Smith's work.

Contents:

  • Introduction by John J. Pierce
  • Editor's Introduction by Jim Mann

Stories of the Instrumentality of Mankind:

  • No, No, Not Rogov! (1959)
  • War No. 81-Q (rewritten version)
  • Mark Elf (1957)
  • The Queen of the Afternoon (1978)
  • Letter to Editor, Fantasy Book (March 9, 1948)
  • Scanners Live in Vain (1950)
  • The Lady Who Sailed The Soul (1960)
  • When the People Fell (1959)
  • Think Blue, Count Two (1963)
  • The Colonel Came Back from the Nothing-at-All (1979)
  • The Game of Rat and Dragon (1955)
  • The Burning of the Brain (1958)
  • From Gustible's Planet (1962)
  • Himself in Anachron (1993)
  • The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal (1964)
  • Golden the Ship Was - Oh! Oh! Oh! (1959)
  • The Dead Lady of Clown Town (1964)
  • Under Old Earth (1966)
  • Drunkboat (1963)
  • Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons (1961)
  • Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (1961)
  • The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (1962)
  • A Planet Named Shayol (1961)
  • On the Gem Planet (1963)
  • On the Storm Planet (1965)
  • On the Sand Planet (1965)
  • Three to a Given Star (1965)
  • Down to a Sunless Sea (1975)

Other Stories:

  • War No. 81-Q (1928)
  • Western Science Is So Wonderful (1958)
  • Nancy (1959)
  • The Fife of Bodidharma (1959)
  • Angerhelm (1959)
  • The Good Friends (1963)

Red Branch

Morgan Llywelyn

In a land ruled by war and love and strange enchantments, Cuchulain -- torn between gentleness and violence, haunted by the croakings of a sinister raven -- fights for his honor and his homeland and discovers too late the trap that the gods have set for him in the fatal beauty of Deirdre and the brutal jealousy of King Conor.

Lest Earth Be Conquered

Frank Belknap Long

THE PRIMITIVES

Anthropologists tell us that primitive man believed he could be in several places at the same time. He had no sense of time as we understand it, and could think of himself as living in the past and present simultaneously.

And the future...?

He was convinced, too, that he could, at the same time, be a human being and an animal; space and time held no restrictions for him.

And the future...?

Suppose it weren't just primitive fantasy, suppose such powers were slumbering in some people and could be awakened.

The future is now...

Redemption in Indigo

Karen Lord

"The impish love child of Tutuola and Marquez. Utterly delightful." --Nalo Hopkinson

Karen Lord's debut novel, which won the prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Prize in Barbados, is an intricately woven tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit.

Paama's husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents' home in the village of Makendha, now he's disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn. When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones--the djombi--who present her with a gift: the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world. Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone.

Bursting with humor and rich in fantastic detail, Redemption in Indigo is a clever, contemporary fairy tale that introduces readers to a dynamic new voice in Caribbean literature. Lord's world of spider tricksters and indigo immortals, inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale, will feel instantly familiar--but Paama's adventures are fresh, surprising, and utterly original.

Body in the Woods

Sarah Lotz

One foul night while her husband is away, an old friend turns up on Claire's doorstep and begs for her help. She knows she should refuse, but she owes him. Despite her better judgement, Claire finds herself helping to bury something in the woods. The question is, will it stay buried, and can Claire live with the knowledge of what she has done?

The Devil Delivered and Other Tales

Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson has carved a name for himself among the pantheon of great fantasy writers. But his masterful storytelling and prose style go beyond the awe-inspiring Malazan world. In The Devil Delivered and Other Tales, Erikson tells three different, but captivating stories:

"The Devil Delivered" tells a story set within the near future, where the land owned by the great Lakota Nation blisters beneath an ozone hole the size of the Great Plains. As the natural world falls victim to its wrath, and scientists scramble to understand it, a lone anthropologist wanders the deadlands, recording observations that threaten to bring the entire world to its knees.

"Revolvo" takes place in an alternate Earth where evolution took an interesting turn and the arts scene is ruled by technocrats who thrive in a secret, nepotistic society of granting agencies, bursaries, and peer-review boards, all designed to permit self-proclaimed artists to survive without an audience.

"Fishin' with Grandma Matchie" is told in the voice a nine-year-old boy, writing the story of his summer vacation. What starts as a typical recount of a trip to see Grandma quickly becomes a stunning fantastical journey into imagination and perception in the wild world that Grandma Matchie inhabits.

Sacred Locomotive Flies

Richard A. Lupoff

CAN FREDDIE FONG FINE SAVE THE WORLD? IF SO, SHOULD HE?

These are the questions that may or may not be the core of this extremely odd novel of the 1985. What the Israeli hyponuclear submarine Traif, Mavis Montreal the groupie, the giant cavern under the earth, Upchuck the Barbarian, and the Sacred Locomotive have to do with it all is hard to figure out. But entertaining - so who need to figure?

"If you have any interest at all in satire, science fiction's new wave, the '60s, pop music, comic books, or the picaresque tradition of literature, this book is for you... 32 years after its composition, this roaring tiger of a book still has the capacity to shock, amuse, enlighten, and provoke, more so than many a "bold, experimental novel" published just yesterday to waves of praise by the short-sighted and historically illiterate. This is a book that spits in the face of death and despair." -- Paul Di Filippo

The Red Hawk

Elizabeth A. Lynn

WFA nominated novelette. It originally appeared as a chapbook. The story can also be found in the anthology Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. It is included in the collection Tales from a Vanished Country (1990).

Ghost Tamer

Meredith R. Lyons

Death is one thing, it's what you do afterward that matters.

Aspiring comedian Raely is the sole survivor of a disastrous train wreck. While faced with the intense grief of losing her best friend, she realizes that someone is following her?and has been following her all her life. Trouble is, no one else can see him. For a ghostly tag-along, Casper's not so bad. He might even be the partner Raely needs to fight the evil spirit hell-bent on destroying her.

Raely and her friend must learn why this demonic spirit is haunting Raely and how she can stop him before he destroys her life?and her soul. Which, much to her chagrin, means she needs the help of a psychic (although she's sure they are all charlatans) and must rid herself of the pesky ghost hunter who's interested in exploiting her new abilities.

The Hothouse World

Fred MacIsaac

A post-apocalyptic world far gone, Humanity huddled within their glass-cage city were they lived, the last survivors of the Ice-Age cataclysm... One man dared the hostile world of freezing death outside the city in a bottle, in a wild despairing fight to turn back the clock and save the smouldering embers of mankind.

Red Snow

Ian R. MacLeod

In the aftermath of the last great battle of the American Civil War, a disillusioned Union medic stumbles across a strange figure picking amid the corpses, and his life is changed forever...

In the cathedral city of Strasbourg in the years before the French Revolution, a church restorer is commissioned to paint a series of portraits that chart the changing appearance of a beautiful woman over the course of her life, although the woman herself seems ageless...

In Prohibition-era New York, an idealistic young Marxist is catapulted into the realms of elite society, and forced to assume the identity of someone who never existed...

Red Snow is a novel of love and violence, ideas and dreams, and revolves around the mystery of a monster drawn from humanity's darkest myths which still somehow survives, and thrives, and kills, in this modern age.

The Discovered Country

Ian R. MacLeod

This short story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, September 2013, and was reprinted in Clarkesworld, #126, March 2017. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014, edited by Rich Horton, and The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection (2014), edited by Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection Frost on Glass (2015).

Read the full story for free at Clarkesworld.

The Visitor from Taured

Ian R. MacLeod

Locus and Strugeon Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, September 2016. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 2 (2017), edited by Neil Clarke, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eleven (2017), edited by Jonathan Strahan, The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection (2017), edited by Gardner Dozois, and The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, edited by Rich Horton.

Judge Dredd: America

John Wagner
Colin MacNeil

IN MEGA-CITY ONE, THE JUDGES ARE THE LAW--acting as judge, jury, and executioner. But how do the citizens really feel about a system where they are powerless? America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city... bar the odd encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation--with the Judges in its sights! Written by John Wagner (A History of Violence) with art by Colin MacNeil (Judge Dredd: The Chief Judge's Man) this dark and complex tale is a true 2000 AD classic!

Red Bark and Ambergris

Kate Marshall

This short story originally appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, #232, August 2017. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018, edited by Rich Horton, and The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018, edited by Paula Guran.

Read the full story for free at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

The House of a Hundred Whispers

Graham Masterton

Dartmoor, with its mists, bleak winter weather and overwhelming sense of isolation, is the perfect place to build a prison. It's not a place many would choose to live - yet the Governor of Dartmoor Prison did just that. When Herbert Russell retired, he bought All Hallow's Hall - a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the moor, and lived there all his life.

Now he's dead, and his estranged family are set to inherit his estate. But when the dead man's family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house's famous priest hole. And then, on the morning the family decide to leave All Hallow's Hall once and for all, their young son Timmy goes missing.

Red

Jack Ketchum

The old man hears them before he sees them, three boys coming over the hill, disturbing the peace by the river where he's fishing. He smells the gun oil too, too much oil on a brand new shotgun. These aren't hunters, they're rich kids who don't care about the river and the fish and the old man. Or his dog. Red is the name of the old man's dog, his best friend in the world. And when the boys shoot the dog - for nothing, for simple spite - he sees red, like a mist before his eyes. And before the whole thing is done there'll be more red. Red for blood...

Red Dust

Paul J. McAuley

Mars, 600 years in the future, is dying. Five hundred years after the Chinese conquered the Red Planet, the great work of terraforming is failing. The human-machine Consensus of Earth had persuaded the AI Emperor to follow the Golden Path into a vast virtual reality universe, leaving behind an ungoverned planet swept by hunger riots and the beginnings of civil war. Enter Wei Lee, a lowly itinerant agricultural technician: rock 'n' roll fan, dupe, holy fool - and unlikely Messiah. After stumbling on an anarchist pilot hiding near the wreckage of her spacecraft, he's drawn into a revolutionary plot that has been spinning for decades.

With the help of a ghost, the broadcasts of the King of the Cats, a Yankee yak herder, and a little Girl God, Lee travels across the badlands, swampy waterways and vast dust seas to a showdown at the summit of the biggest volcano in the Solar System. Not even the God-like Consensus can predict the outcome of his struggle to define his own destiny...

Epic in scope, Red Dust's spectacular, fast-paced story brilliantly brings to life the planet that has captured our imagination like no other.

Scored

Lauren McLaughlin

Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score has the ability to get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy all hope for the above. Scored's reluctant heroine is Imani, a girl whose high score is brought down when her best friend's score plummets. Where do you draw the line between doing what feels morally right and what can mean your future? Friendship, romance, loyalty, family, human connection and human value: all are questioned in this fresh and compelling dystopian novel set in the scarily forseeable future.

Dark and Deepest Red

Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva's feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever's history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there's more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore's signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

The Carefully Considered Rape of the World: A Novel About the Unspeakable

Shepherd Mead

This is the story of women becoming inexplicably pregnant. And it happens to every type of woman, regardless of race or creed, from nuns to lesbians.

It happened to Beauford Abel's wife. With her, a perfume tester called; one of his more exotic samples made her black out for a split second. At least, she thought it was a split second...

When Beauford eventually figures out what's going on, he plays amateur sleuth. But instead of finding sex maniacs, he finds brainy apes planning to invade the earth. And the brainy apes are clever enough to ask Beauford to handle their PR. They'd like to be liked when they land. And they'd like the baby apes that earth women will soon be giving birth to, to be liked as well.

You might think this is a pretty funny way for invaders to act. In this book, everything's funny.

Chicago Red

R. M. Meluch

America had been free, a democracy. But now Edward III was king, and America was a land with a small, wealthy elite and a vast body of peasants eking out their meager living in the countryside or preying upon one another in dangerous city slums. Edward's soldiers and especially his executioner, Brigadier General Tow, would see that this was exactly how life in America remained.

Only one man ever had the courage to speak out against the tyrant's rule - a man driven by the dream of restoring democracy to the land, only to become the martyr ignominiously hanged on Boot Hill. But from his death a new leader was born, a visionary young man not quite of this world, Chicago Red. His words would take action and be the spark to set the land ablaze with a new kind of revolution...

Run, Come See Jerusalem!

Richard C. Meredith

A BREATHTAKING TIME CHASE THROUGH HISTORY

Centuries before, New Jerusalem had been Chicago. Now it was ruled by the World Ecumenical Church... a repressive theocracy founded by one Allen Howard Dover and governed by fear.

Eugene Stillman didn't like this world. But he was a law-abiding government time traveler, not a radical--at least not until hi met Melanie. She introduced him to the delights of proscribed sex, brought him into the undeground, and presented him with a plan to prevent the birth of Allen Howard Dover. All in involved was murder... and a little trip.

BECAUSE OF MELANIE, STILLMAN AGREED.

BECAUSE OF MELANIE, THE CHURCH MADE STILLMAN A HUNTED CRIMINAL.

And because of Malanie, Stillman suddenly found himself on a horrifying flight through time, running back and forth through centuries to escape pursuers who were determined to follow him all the lives of his days... forever!

The Awakening

Richard C. Meredith

Past and present mingle, conscious and subconscious memory intertwine in this impressive work of the imagination. Described by the author as an "old-fashioned ghost story", The Awakening explores with chilling subtlety the theme of the uneasy dead seeking peace--a fear which must go back into our paleolithic subconsciousness.

It's hoped that a few month's rest at the rundown farmhouse, Aaron's Rock, will help heal Ray Albright of the effects of a horrendous car accident: a badly broken back, terrible guilt at the death of his passengers, and the swift comprehension of how little separates the living from the dead. But the farm is not the expected idyllic refuge, for Ray's daytime sketching is disturbed by ghastly moans from a thicket close by, his sleep by sounds downstairs of a wounded man's crawling silenced by an explosion, and his peace of mind by visions of his absent wife in the arms of another man. And he is visited by a recurrent dream, each night a little longer and more real: a band of exhausted men in tattered gray uniforms comes forward in the dawn light, but then turns again wearily to face enemy fire.

Only gradually, and with the help of a lovely and willing neighbor, does Ray come across the story of the Civil War tragedy which killed off the first owners of Aaron's Rock and whose ghosts are said to haunt the house. And only at the very end does he understand his own soul to be hostage to these ghostly players seeking release from torment.

In this spellbinding novel Richard Meredith makes use of a lifetime spent in the deep South, in towns which, like Aaron's Rock, cannot bury their unfinished past. He now lives in Milton, Florida, with his wife and children.

The Sky Is Filled with Ships

Richard C. Meredith

Starship Captain Robert L. Janas had only one loyalty--to the firm he worked for--the Stellar Trading Company. And with good reason, for STC was not just a merchant corporation.

For 1200 years the vast complex of companies that called itself STC had maintained contact between Earth and the multifarious worlds peopled with its colonies, giving help, support, financing and protection whenever and wherever these were needed, without regard to politics.

Inevitably, and precisely because it was neutral, STC had come to play a powerful rold in intergalactic affairs--more powerful, indeed, than Earth itself.

Now that neutrality was threatened--from withing the firm.

And Janas knew they would all be destroyed in the holocaust.

The Albertine Notes

Rick Moody

This novella originally appaeared in the anthology McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2003), edited by Michael Chabon. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 9 (2004), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. The story is included in the collection Right Livelihoods (2007).

The Sundered Worlds

Michael Moorcock

The first book of the multiverse.

Dorian Hawkmoon... Corum Jhaelen Irsei... Elric of Melniboné. Over the years, Michael Moorcock has captivated readers with his unending versions of the Eternal Champion, the timeless warrior who serves the Cosmic Balance in the ongoing battle that rages between Law and Chaos through the many planes and levels of the multiverse. But what is the multiverse and what are its origins? In this essential novel, Michael Moorcock provides readers these critical answers.

World War Three has come and gone, and humankind has survived its brutal past to assume its place among the stars. Yet their existence is endangered nonetheless, as their entire universe is threatening to collapse. All their hopes rest on the shoulders of Count Renark von Bek, a nobleman of extraordinary psychic abilities and carefully guarded secrets.

Aided by his companions, von Bek will delve into the Sundered Worlds, a mysterious galaxy outside the space-time continuum that has materialized on the edges of known space. Inside this roving galaxy, they will uncover the secrets of the multiverse and embark upon a last desperate gamble to save humankind.

But as they will soon discover, even survival comes laden with danger, as the solutions to their dilemma may also hold the final keys to their destruction...

Alternate title: The Blood Red Game

Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets: An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space

David Thomas Moore

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets) - (2014) - essay by David Thomas Moore
  • A Scandal in Hobohemia - [alt.sherlock.holmes] - (2014) - short fiction by Jamie Wyman
  • Black Alice - (2014) - short fiction by Kelly Hale
  • The Adventure of the Speckled Bandana - (2014) - short fiction by J. E. Cohen
  • The Rich Man's Hand - (2014) - short fiction by Joan De La Haye
  • The Lantern Men - (2014) - short fiction by Kaaron Warren
  • A Woman's Place - (2014) - short fiction by Emma Newman
  • A Study in Scarborough - (2014) - short fiction by Guy Adams
  • The Small World of 221b - (2014) - short fiction by Ian Edginton
  • The Final Conjuration - (2014) - short fiction by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • The Innocent Icarus - (2014) - short fiction by James Lovegrove
  • Half There/All There - [alt.sherlock.holmes (Glen Mehn)] - (2014) - short fiction by Glen Mehn
  • All the Single Ladies - non-genre - [Sherlock Holmes (Gini Koch)] - (2014) - short fiction by Jeanne Cook [as by Gini Koch]
  • The Patchwork Killer - (2014) - short fiction by Kasey Lansdale
  • Parallels - (2014) - short fiction by Jenni Hill

Redheads

Jonathan Moore

A killer far worse than insane.

Chris Wilcox has been searching for years, so he knows a few things about his wife's killer. Cheryl Wilcox wasn't the first. All the victims were redheads. All eaten alive and left within a mile of the ocean. The trail of death crosses the globe and spans decades.

The cold trail catches fire when Chris and two other survivors find a trace of the killer's DNA. By hiring a cutting-edge lab to sequence it, they make a terrifying discovery. The killer is far more dangerous than they ever guessed. And now they're being hunted by their own prey.

Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We like to imagine the end. How we might survive. How we might live after the fateful moment that changes everything. That moment has arrived--welcome to Canada, after the apocalypse!

Fractured is a collection of stories by more than 20 writers who imagine life after the end of days. The waters have risen around Vancouver, nuclear disasters have devastated the Prairies, a strange sickness has relocated the capital of the nation to Yellowknife, aliens have invaded Manitoba, and even ghosts have returned to exterminate the living. Across this vast nation, a country fractured and rent asunder by disasters both natural and unnatural, come the stories of survivors, of the brave and the wicked, the kind and the hostile. These are tales that reveal the secrets at this critical point for humanity, exploring a diversity of scenarios and settings from small rural communities to large cities and protagonists from all walks of life.

Postapocalyptic literature finds its stories in each generation that has something new to reflect upon: Mary Shelley's 1826 novel The Last Man is considered the first work of modern apocalyptic fiction, and many have followed in her footsteps in both print, with The Hunger Games, I Am Legend, The Road, and OryxandCrake, and film, with Mad Max, Waterworld, The Book of Eli, and others. Contributors to this volume include T. S. Bazelli, David Huebert, Hilary Janzen, Arun Jiwa, Claude Lalumière, Michael Pack, Morgan M. Page, Miriam Oudin, Frank Westcott, A. C. Wise, and more.

Table of Contents:

  • Kalopsia - short story by E. Catherine Tobler
  • Jenny of the Long Gauge - short story by Michael Matheson
  • Snow Angel - short story by A. M. Dellamonica
  • Persistence of Vision - short story by Orrin Grey
  • Keeper of the Oasis - short story by Steve Stanton
  • Maxim Fujiyama and Other Persons - short story by Claude Lalumière?
  • Saying Goodbye - short story by Michael Pack
  • Of the Dying Light - short story by Arun Jiwa
  • Edited Hansard 116 - short story by Miriam Oudin
  • @shalestate - short story by David Huebert
  • The Body Politic - short story by John Jantunen
  • Brown Wave - short story by Christine Ottoni
  • Dog for Dinner - short story by dvsduncan
  • Manitou-Wapow - short story by GMB Chomichuk and Curtis Janzen and Thomas Turner
  • D-Day - short story by T. S. Bazelli
  • Ruptures - short story by Jamie Mason
  • City Noise - short story by Morgan M. Page
  • River Road - short story by Amanda M. Taylor
  • Matthew, Waiting - short story by A. C. Wise
  • The Dome of St. Macaire - short story by Jean-Louis Trudel
  • No Man Is a Promontory - short story by Hilary Janzen
  • White Noise - short story by Geoff Gander
  • Last Man Standing - short story by Frank Westcott

The Hundred-Year Christmas

David Morrell

WFA nominated novelette.

The Hundred-Year Christmas is the story of poignant friendship between Father Christmas, who lives a hundred years before being replaced, and Father Time, who lives only a single year before being replaced. Each year, Santa sees a version of his friend grow old and die. Now it's Santa's turn, but he's having trouble finding a replacement, and if he doesn't succeed, there'll be no one to take care of the infant Father Time. Time itself will stop.

The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Ann

Mike Moscoe

Nebula and Sturgeon Award nominated short story. It was originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2004. No other publications are known at this time.

The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer's Amazing Pulp Journey

Fred Nadis

The rollicking true story of the legendary writer and editor who ruled over America's fantasy and supernatural pulp journals in the mid-twentieth century, and shaped today's UFO and sci-fi cultures: Ray Palmer.

Meet Ray Palmer. A hustler, a trickster, and a visionary. The hunchbacked Palmer, who stood at just over four feet tall, was nevertheless an indomitable force, the ruler of his own bizarre sector of the universe. Armed with only his typewriter, the Palmer changed the world as we know it - jumpstarting the flying saucer craze; frightening hundreds of thousands of Americans with "true" stories of evil denizens of inner earth; and reporting on cover-ups involving extraterrestrials, the paranormal, and secret government agencies.

As editor for the ground-breaking sci-fi magazine Amazing Stories and creator of publications such as Other Worlds, Imagination, Fate, Mystic, Search, Flying Saucers, Hidden World, and Space Age, Palmer pushed the limits and broke new ground in science fiction publishing in the 1940s and 1950s--and was reviled for it by purists who called him "the man who killed science fiction."

In the first-ever biography devoted to the figure who molded modern geek culture, pulp scholar Fred Nadis paints a vivid portrait of Palmer--a brilliant, charming, and wildly willful iconoclast who helped ignite the UFO craze, convinced Americans of hidden worlds and government cover ups, and championed the occult and paranormal.

Palmer overcame serious physical handicaps to become the most significant editor during the "golden age" of pulp magazines; he rebelled in his own inimitable way against the bland suburban vision of the American Dream; he concocted new literary genres; and he molded our current conspiracy culture decades before The X-Files claimed that the truth was out there.

The Reddening

Adam Nevill

One million years of evolution didn't change our nature. Nor did it bury the horrors predating civilisation. Ancient rites, old deities and savage ways can reappear in the places you least expect.

Lifestyle journalist Katrine escaped past traumas by moving to a coast renowned for seaside holidays and natural beauty. But when a vast hoard of human remains and prehistoric artefacts is discovered in nearby Brickburgh, a hideous shadow engulfs her life.

Helene, a disillusioned lone parent, lost her brother, Lincoln, six years ago. Disturbing subterranean noises he recorded prior to vanishing, draw her to Brickburgh's caves. A site where early humans butchered each other across sixty thousand years. Upon the walls, images of their nameless gods remain.

Amidst rumours of drug plantations and new sightings of the mythical red folk, it also appears that the inquisitive have been disappearing from this remote part of the world for years. A rural idyll where outsiders are unwelcome and where an infernal power is believed to linger beneath the earth. A timeless supernormal influence that only the desperate would dream of confronting. But to save themselves and those they love, and to thwart a crimson tide of pitiless barbarity, Kat and Helene are given no choice. They were involved and condemned before they knew it.

The Red Church

Scott Nicholson

For 13-year-old Ronnie Day, life is full of problems: Mom and Dad have separated, his brother Tim is a constant pest, Melanie Ward either loves him or hates him, and Jesus Christ won't stay in his heart. Plus he has to walk past the red church every day, where the Bell Monster hides with its wings and claws and livers for eyes. But the biggest problem is that Archer McFall is the new preacher at the church, and Mom wants Ronnie to attend midnight services with her.

Sheriff Frank Littlefield hates the red church for a different reason. His little brother died in a freak accident at the church twenty years ago, and now Frank is starting to see his brother's ghost. And the ghost keeps demanding, "Free me." People are dying in Whispering Pines, and the murders coincide with McFall's return.

The Days, the Littlefields, and the McFalls are descendants of the original families that settled the rural Appalachian community. Those old families share a secret of betrayal and guilt, and McFall wants his congregation to prove its faith. Because he believes he is the Second Son of God, and that the cleansing of sin must be done in blood.

Red Spider, White Web

Misha Nogha

In the sealed city of Mickey-san the skies are still blue. There is no crime. No pollution. No one is unemployed and entertainment is the primary industry. In the tunnels below lies Dogton. Hard, dirty, industrial and restless with a subterranean rage, it's nightlife neon and garish. But surrounding all is Ded-Tek, grim, violent and predatory, with survival being the sole occupation of its inhabitants, and The Market its only hope.

Amidst this city of outcasts is Tommy Uchida, enigma, god, a mind too brilliant for his artificially enhanced body: and Kumo, trickster chimera, living by her wits and for her art, trying to assert her humanity. All are interconnected by the uncertainty of their future: fifteen minute viruses, a cold blistering sun, savage police 'wire-dogs', offbeat cult groups, roving gangs of rich boys, and the punishment of the 'Bell Factory', and the spectre of a brutal murderer, a foreshadow of a change that none of them can comprehend.

Sheltered Lives

Charles Oberndorf

In the enclosed urban sprawl of the Construct, a sexually transmitted disease called "hives" poses a deadly threat. The government controls the epidemic with concentration camps for the victims and sterile, state-run whorehouses for the healthy.

When Anna Baxter's boyfriend commits suicide, she hires a male prostitute to help her recover from her grief. Ros Lawrence, her new lover, is trained as a caring companion as well as a sex partner- and what starts as a business transaction becomes a relationship neither Anna nor Rod could have imagined. But in a world where every touch is monitored and where the forces running the concentration camps are relentlessly opposed by terrorists with thei own agenda, an unlikely liason can be devastating.

A Half-Remembered World

Aimee Ogden

This novella was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/August 2023.

Redeemer: The Cross Chronicles

Balogun Ojetade

Ezekiel Cross is handsome, strong, intelligent and he is a cold blooded killer.

For most of his life, Ezekiel has been a killer, trained from a young age to enforce the whims of his boss. But Ezekiel is tired - tired of the lies to his wife, Mali; tired of not having the normal life he craves. He longs for the day that he can hang up his guns and live a normal life with his wife Mali. So he decides to end his career as a professional assassin; to hang up his guns and raise a family.

But the life of a killer is never his own. Ezekiel is called to do one last hit, but instead of closing the deal he finds himself a target. He's sent back in time in what is meant as an experiment as well as punishment.

Initially distraught, he decides to change his fate by saving himself and his family from the events that led him to a lifetime of crime. Along the way, he meets some of the coolest, sexiest, deadliest and craziest characters to ever grace the pages of a book and ultimately finds himself in a situation that could change his life forever... or end it.

This Special Edition includes the expanded alternate story, Redeemer: Glitch.

Whispered Echoes

Paul F. Olson

An ancient voice speaks from the depths of a long-forgotten cave...

As a violent storm rages overhead, the scratching sounds begin in the cellar below...

A man inherits the family talent, but what price does that legacy demand...?

A return to the family homestead brings overwhelming memories, but the darkest memory of all still waits in the ravine out back...

An unassuming tourist quietly strolls through town, leaving devastation in his wake...

A late-night call from an abandoned camp brings a frightened cop face-to-face with his darkest fears...

A wild joyride ends with a surprise reunion and an encounter with the impossible...

A man searches for answers at an abandoned lighthouse and uncovers an unspeakable past...

Listen closely. You can hear them. The whispered echoes of your darkest fears. In this stunning new collection, Paul F. Olson delves into the quiet heart of terror. Featuring eleven long out-of-print tales from the '80s and '90s, and the debut of "Bloodybones," a brand new novella of loss, longing, and chilling horror. With a foreword by Chet Williamson and an introduction by the author, Whispered Echoes abounds with subtle shivers that linger long after the last page is turned.

Table of Contents:

  • The Country of the Strange: Paul F. Olson's Upper Peninsula - essay by Chet Williamson
  • Introduction - essay
  • The Visitor - (1983) - short story
  • From a Dreamless Sleep Awakened - short fiction
  • The Forever Bird - short fiction
  • Homecoming - (1987) - short story
  • They Came from the Suburbs - (1986) - short story
  • Through the Storm - (1988) - short story
  • The More Things Change - (1989) - short story
  • Guides - (1989) - short story
  • Getting Back - short fiction
  • Faith and Henry Gustafson - (1991) - short story
  • Down the Valley Wild - (1991) - short story
  • Bloodybones - short fiction

The Redemption of Morgan Bright

Chris Panatier

What would guilt make you do?

Hadleigh Keene died on the road leading away from Hollyhock Asylum. The reasons are unknown. Her sister Morgan blames herself. A year later with the case still unsolved, Morgan creates a false identity, that of a troubled housewife named Charlotte Turner, and goes inside.

Morgan quickly discovers that Hollyhock is... not right. She is shaken by the hospital's peculiar routines and is soon beset by strange episodes. All the while, the persona of Charlotte takes on a life of its own, becoming stronger with each passing day. As her identity begins unraveling, Morgan finds herself tracing Hadleigh's footsteps and peering into the places they lead.

White Mare, Red Stallion

Diana L. Paxson

Set in ancient, magical Scotland, this is the story of Maira, a proud and beautiful Celt, trained in warfare as well as womanhood. Carric loves her but he belongs to an enemy tribe and she has vowed to kill him.

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

Victor Pelevin

The world's first Zen Buddhist paranormal romance published to coincide with Halloween

One of the most progressive writers at work today, Victor Pelevin's comic inventiveness has won him comparisons to Kafka, Calvino, and Gogol, and Time has described him as a 'psychedelic Nabokov for the cyberage.' In The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, a smash success in Russia and Pelevin's first novel in six years, paranormal meets transcendental with a splash of satire as A Hu-Li, a two-thousand-year-old shape-shifting werefox from ancient China meets her match in Alexander, a Wagner-addicted werewolf who's the key figure in Russia's Big Oil. Both a supernatural love story and an outrageously funny send-up of modern Russia, this stunning and ingenious work of the imagination is the sharpest novel to date from Russia's most gifted literary malcontent.

Red Moon

Benjamin Percy

Every teenage girl thinks she's different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realises just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and, hours later, stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. A hero.

President Chase Williams has vowed to eradicate the menace. Unknown to the electorate, however, he is becoming the very thing he has sworn to destroy.

Each of them is caught up in a war that so far has been controlled with laws and violence and drugs. But an uprising is about to leave them damaged, lost, and tied to one another for ever.

The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge, and the battle for humanity will begin.

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tired to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Vanishings and aparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these bewitching tales are like nothing being written in Russia--or anywhere else in the world--today.

The Masque of the Red Death

Elsie Lee
Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of The Red Death is set in 12th century Italy, where Prince Prospero, a devout worshiper of Satan, rules tyrannically in a land stricken by a mysterious plague. Prospero's cruel whims include toying with the fear-stricken peasants under his domain, in order to satisfy his own diabolical pleasures. Deliverance... or Doom?

"The day of deliverance is at hand." That was the prophecy of the mysterious man cloaked in red. But the villagers had little time for rejoicing. For a few scant hours later, the people were dying of that grimmest of all plagues-the Red Death! And within the castle that ruled this desolated land, even eerier events were happening... as the purity of the lovely Francesca battled the evil of Prospero... and unearthly forces gathered for a mad, grim masquerade!

A Plague of Pythons

Frederik Pohl

The pythons had entered into Mankind. No man knew at what moment he might be Possessed!

On Christmas the world's freedom died. Every man, woman and child lay in the grip of fear, for no one knew at what moment his nearest friend or a casual stranger might suddenly be possessed by some brutal mind... and begin to murder and destroy. For Chandler it was worse than for most. He was both victim and executioner. He had suffered himself, and he had committed a violent crime while under the strange domination. Accusing of hoaxing he was driven from his home. He wandered the world and found it smashed like a spoiled child's plaything?now Chandler was in the very presence of the destroyers! But what could one person do against such power -- the power of gods!

All the Lives He Led

Frederik Pohl

Two thousand years after Pompeii's destruction, a thriller of upheaval - volcanic and political - as only SF Grandmaster Frederik Pohl can write it!

With a keen eye for the humanity in any situation, science fiction icon Frederik Pohl has crafted a compelling new novel of a not-too-distant future we can only hope is merely science fiction.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. it gave so little warning that Pompeiians were caught unawares, and many bodies were preserved in volcanic ash. Two thousand years later, in 2079, Pompeii is a popular theme park eagerly anticipating Il Giubeleo, the Jubilee celebration of the great anniversary. But Vesuvius is still capable of erupting, and even more threatening are terrorists who want to use the occasion to draw attention to their cause by creating a huge disaster. As the fateful day draws near, people from all over the world - workers, tourists, terrorists - caught in the shadow of the volcano will grapple with upheaval both natural and political.

Alternating Currents

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus - (1956)
  • The Ghost-Maker - (1954)
  • Let the Ants Try - (1949)
  • Pythias - (1955)
  • The Mapmakers - (1955)
  • Rafferty's Reasons - (1955)
  • Target One - (1955)
  • Grandy Devil - (1955)
  • The Tunnel Under the World - (1955)
  • What to Do Until the Analyst Comes

Before the Universe and Other Stories

C. M. Kornbluth
Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Mars-Tube - (1941)
  • Trouble in Time - (1940)
  • Vacant World - (1940)
  • Best Friend - (1941)
  • Before the Universe - (1940)
  • Nova Midplane - (1940)
  • The Extrapolated Dimwit - (1942)
  • Afterword

BiPohl

Frederik Pohl

Two novel omnibus.

DRUNKARDS WALK: Cornut was a master teacher - respected, successful. his life well rewarded in past accomplishments and rich in the promise of achievements to come. Yet he was waging a bitter battle with a savage, bewildering drive to self-destruction.

But when he really began to probe the reasons for his "madness," the battle with himself became insignificant beside the power his new information could release.

If he could live that long...

THE AGE OF THE PUSSYFOOT: Forrester had no obligations.
He didn't have to think about whether his wife had enough money because he no longer had a wife. All his debts were paid - or forgiven - centuries ago.

He had nothing to worry about.

Or so he thought.

Then the joymaker - the marvelous contraption invented while he was in the deep freeze - informed him that he was in danger and that a hunting license was already out on him.

In a perfect world, suddenly everything had gone wrong!

Black Star Rising

Frederik Pohl

When a mysterious alien spacecraft approaches the Earth and demands to speak with the President of the United States, then destroys a large Pacific island to demonstrate its strength and seriousness, you'd expect the President to talk. Problem is, there is no President - not even a United States. China rules the Americas, and to most people "US" and "USSR" are just quaint abbreviations in historical dictionaries. But the aliens prove unreasonable about accepting substitutes. . .

Day Million

Frederik Pohl

This short story originally appeared in Rogue, Feb/March 1966 and was reprinted in SF Impulse, October 1966. It can also be found in the anthologies:

The story is included in the collections Day Million (1970), The Best of Frederik Pohl (1975) and Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

Day Million

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Day Million - (1966)
  • The Deadly Mission of P. Snodgrass - (1962)
  • The Day the Martians Came - (1967)
  • Schematic Man - (1969)
  • Small Lords - (1957)
  • Making Love - (1966)
  • Way Up Yonder - (1959)
  • Speed Trap - (1967)
  • It's a Young World - (1941)
  • Under Two Moons - (1965)

Digits and Dastards

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Digits and Dastards) - (1966)
  • The Children of Night - (1964)
  • The Fiend - (1964)
  • Earth Eighteen - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Father of the Stars - (1964)
  • The Five Hells of Orion - (1963)
  • With Redfern on Capella XII - (1955)
  • How to Count on Your Fingers - (1956)
  • On Binary Digits and Human Habits - (1962)

Drunkard's Walk

Frederik Pohl

He was a master teacher—respected, successful, his life well rewarded in past accomplishments and rich in the promise of achievements to come.

And yet he was fighting a bitter battle with a savage, bewildering drive to self-destruction.

But when he really began to probe the reasons for his "madness," the battle with himself became a puny thing beside the power his new information could release.

If he could live that long.

Farmer on the Dole

Frederik Pohl

This novelette originally appeared in Omni, October 1982. It can also be found in the anthologies The 1983 Annual World's Best SF, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, The Best Science Fiction of the Year #12 (1983), edited by Terry Carr, and The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985), edited by Ellen Datlow. The story is included in the collection Midas World (1983).

Fermi and Frost

Frederik Pohl

Hugo Award wining novelette. It originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, January 1985. The story can also be found in the anthologies:

It is included in the collection Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

Read the story for free at the Baen website.

Future Quartet: Earth in the Year 2042: A Four-Part Invention

Frederik Pohl
Jerry Pournelle
Charles Sheffield
Ben Bova

Ben Bova, Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, and Charles Sheffield share a collection of original stories and essays that speculate on what the world will be like fifty years from now and discuss the sociological and technological implications of their expectations.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Charles Sheffield
  • 2042: A Cautiously Pessimistic View - (1991) - essay by Ben Bova
  • Thy Kingdom Come - (1993) - novella by Ben Bova
  • A Visit to Belinda - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • What Dreams Remain - novella by Frederik Pohl
  • Report on Planet Earth - essay by Charles Sheffield
  • The Price of Civilization - (1992) - novelette by Charles Sheffield
  • Democracy in America in the Year 2042 - essay by Jerry Pournelle
  • Higher Education - novella by Jerry Pournelle and Charles Sheffield

Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction

Martin H. Greenberg
Joseph D. Olander
Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Horace L. Gold - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Gold on Galaxy - essay by H. L. Gold
  • Coming Attraction - (1950) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • To Serve Man - (1950) - shortstory by Damon Knight
  • Memoir (To Serve Man) - essay by Damon Knight
  • Betelgeuse Bridge - (1951) - shortstory by William Tenn
  • From a Cave Deep in Stuyvesant Town — A Memoir of Galaxy's Most Creative Years - essay by William Tenn
  • Cost of Living - (1952) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • Memoir of Galaxy Magazine - essay by Robert Sheckley
  • The Model of a Judge - (1953) - shortstory by William Morrison
  • Memoir (The Model of a Judge) - essay by William Morrison
  • The Holes Around Mars - (1954) - shortstory by Jerome Bixby
  • Memoir (The Holes Around Mars) - essay by Jerome Bixby
  • Horrer Howce - (1956) - shortstory by Margaret St. Clair
  • Memoir (Horrer Howce) - essay by Margaret St. Clair
  • People Soup - (1958) - shortstory by Alan Arkin
  • Memoir (People Soup) - essay by Alan Arkin
  • Something Bright - (1960) - shortstory by Zenna Henderson
  • The Lady Who Sailed The Soul - (1960) - novelette by Cordwainer Smith and Genevieve Linebarger
  • The Deep Down Dragon - (1961) - shortstory by Judith Merril
  • Memoir (The Deep Down Dragon) - essay by Judith Merril
  • Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night - (1961) - novelette by Algis Budrys
  • Memoir: Spilled Milk - essay by Algis Budrys
  • The Place Where Chicago Was - (1962) - novelette by Jim Harmon
  • Memoir (The Place Where Chicago Was) - essay by Jim Harmon
  • The Great Nebraska Sea - (1963) - shortstory by Allan Danzig
  • Memoir (The Great Nebraska Sea) - essay by Allan Danzig
  • Oh, to Be a Blobel! - (1964) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Memoir (Oh, To Be a Blobel!) - essay by Philip K. Dick
  • Founding Father - (1965) - shortstory by Isaac Asimov
  • Memoir (Founding Father) - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • Going Down Smooth - (1968) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • Memoir (Going Down Smooth) - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • All the Myriad Ways - (1968) - shortstory by Larry Niven
  • Memoir (All the Myriad Ways) - essay by Larry Niven
  • The Last Flight of Dr. Ain - (1969) - shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Memoir (Galaxy Book Shelf) - essay by Algis Budrys
  • Galaxy Book Shelf (Galaxy, September 1969) - (1969) - essay by Algis Budrys
  • Slow Sculpture - (1970) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Memoir (Slow Sculpture) - essay by Theodore Sturgeon
  • About a Secret Crocodile - (1970) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • Memoir (About a Secret Crocodile) - essay by R. A. Lafferty
  • Cold Friend - (1973) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Memoir (Cold Friend) - essay by Harlan Ellison
  • The Day Before the Revolution - (1974) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Gift of Garigolli - (1974) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl
  • Overdrawn at the Memory Bank - (1976) - novelette by John Varley
  • Note (Overdrawn at the Memory Bank) - essay by John Varley
  • Horace, Galaxyca - essay by Alfred Bester
  • Index to Galaxy Magazine

Gladiator-at-Law

Frederik Pohl
C. M. Kornbluth

Caution! You are about to enter a world...

...where all engineering ingenuity has been employed for public spectacles of torture and death.

...where the stock market operated with pari-mutuel machines.

...where a court clerk transcribes testimony on punch cards, then feeds it to a jury machine.

...where the dream real-estate development of today has become a cracked-concrete savage jungle.

In this world, young lawyer Charles Mundin battles a great combine of corporate interest--battles them in board meetings and in dark alley--in a struggle that lays bare some brutal promises about the future... promises we are beginning to make right now.

Growing Up in Edge City

Frederik Pohl

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in the anthology Epoch (1975), edited by Roger Elwood and Robert Silverberg. It is also included in the collections Pohlstars (1984) and Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

Homegoing

Frederik Pohl

By the Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of "Gateway", this novel centres around Sandy Washington, a young man who has been raised on a spaceship by aliens. The Hakh'li have done everything to give Sandy an earth-type boyhood. Now they are returning him to Earth.

In the Problem Pit

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Science-Fiction Games - (1976)
  • In the Problem Pit - (1973)
  • Let the Ants Try - (1949)
  • To See Another Mountain - (1959)
  • The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass - (1962)
  • Golden Ages Gone Away - (1972)
  • Rafferty's Reasons - (1955)
  • I Remember a Winter - (1972)
  • The Schematic Man - (1969)
  • What to Do Until the Analyst Comes - (1956)
  • Some Joys Under the Star - (1973)
  • The Man Who Ate the World - (1956)
  • SF: The Game-Playing Literature - (1976)

Jem: The Making of a Utopia

Frederik Pohl

The discovery of another habitable world might spell salvation to the three bitterly competing power blocs of the resource-starved 21st century; but when their representatives arrive on Jem, with its multiple intelligent species, they discover instead the perfect situation into which to export their rivalries. Subtitled, with savage irony, 'The Making of a Utopia', Jem is one of Frederik Pohl's most powerful novels.

Jupiter

Frederik Pohl
Carol Pohl

Contents:

  • vii - Introduction: Jupiter the Giant - essay by Isaac Asimov
  • xv - Preface: Jupiter at Last - essay by Carol Pohl and Frederik Pohl
  • 1 - Bridge - [Cities in Flight] - (1952) - novelette by James Blish
  • 39 - Victory Unintentional - [Jovians - 2] - (1942) - short story by Isaac Asimov
  • 65 - Desertion - [City] - (1944) - short story by Clifford D. Simak
  • 81 - The Mad Moon - (1935) - novelette by Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • 111 - Heavyplanet - (1939) - short story by Milton A. Rothman (variant of Heavy Planet)
  • 125 - The Lotus-Engine - (1940) - short story by Raymond Z. Gallun
  • 149 - Call Me Joe - (1957) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • 193 - Habit - (1939) - short story by Lester del Rey
  • 211 - A Meeting with Medusa - [A Meeting with Medusa - 1] - (1971) - novelette by Arthur C. Clarke

Land's End

Frederik Pohl
Jack Williamson

When Comet Sicara brushed near enough to strip the ozone layer from the Earth's atmosphere, civilization effectively ended - in fact, life on Earth was nearly extinguished. But the underwater cities survived, and some heavily protected land enclaves held on as well. When the "ozone summer" years were ending, submarine captain Ron Tregarth rediscovered his lost love, Graciela Navarro. But their triumph against all odds was only the beginning, for the alien known as the Eternal stood between them and threatened to destroy all they held dearest. The Eternal's goal was to absorb the minds of every living thing, to create a death-in-life to enslave the planet.

Mars Masked

Frederik Pohl

Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, March 1979. The story was later incorporated in the fixup novel The Cool War (1981).

Midas World

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

Mining the Oort

Frederik Pohl

Mars was harsh and unforgiving, but for the colonists who called it home, its future was as bright as the comets that hung in the night sky, for locked in those icy bodies were the water and gases that would make Mars live again, mined from the vast Oort Cloud beyond Pluto. Young Dekker DeWoe yearned to become an Oort miner. But when he finally arrived on Earth to begin training, the mining project was abruptly canceled. Then he began to hear rumors of a plan to force the restoration of the mining -- a plan that would result in the deaths of millions . . .

Murasaki

Frederik Pohl
David Brin
Greg Bear
Nancy Kress
Poul Anderson
Gregory Benford
Robert Silverberg

In a major science fiction event, Nebula Award winners Poul Anderson, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, David Brin, Nancy Kress, and Frederik Pohl join forces--under the editorship of Robert Silverberg--to create a triumph of world-building: Murasaki, a science fiction novel in six parts. Murasaki is completely based in hard science and what we know of the Murasaki star system--which actually exists.

Authors Poul Anderson and Frederik Pohl painstakingly constructed the working mechanics of a real star system, projecting the atmosphere, geology, chemistry, flora, and fauna of the two planets on which the work is set. They and four more of America's best science fiction authors--known for their "hard" speculative fiction--used Pohl and Anderson's essays (included as appendixes to this book) as source material to create this amazing story of the earliest human explorations of the twenty-third century--an epic tale of discovery, conflict, and resolution told by the masters of imaginative writing.

Murasaki, star HD 36395... where the gristmill of Darwinism produced two vastly different alien ecologies on two closely revolving planets, circling each other since scouring lightning storms stirred them to life billions of years ago. The two planets are Genji, violent and reckless, filled with a variety of winged life; and Chujo, a cooling world of ancient, crumbling cities, slowly going through its glacial death throes. Both planets are host to intelligences that are strange in ways Man can only guess at...and the planets have an eerie connection that will soon come to fruition after the first human explorers arrive. Exceeding light-speed for twenty years and decelerating by plasma exhaust drive, the first ship bearing humans arrives at Murasaki. The wealth, pride, and future of nations depend upon the outcome as the first contact team sets foot on a Murasaki-system world--while the hope of mankind, a planet capable of supporting human life, awaits the first explorer to touch the strangely colored alien soil....

Contains:

  • Introduction (Murasaki) - essay by Robert Silverberg
  • The Treasures of Chujo - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • Genji - novelette by David Brin
  • Language - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • World Vast, World Various - novella by Gregory Benford
  • A Plague of Conscience - novelette by Greg Bear
  • Birthing Pool - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • Appendix A: Design for Two Worlds (Murasaki) - essay by Poul Anderson
  • Appendix B: Murasaki's Worlds (Murasaki) - essay by Frederik Pohl

My Lady Greensleeves

Frederik Pohl

This guard smelled trouble and it could be counted on to come-for a nose for trouble was one of the many talents bred here! A classic novella about the future of law enforcement by Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Frederik Pohl.

This story originally appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction, February 1957. It can also be found in the collections The Case Against Tomorrow (1957) and Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

Narabedla Ltd.

Frederik Pohl

The story of a philanthropic foundation used as a front by alien beings secretly monitoring Earth. Nolly Stennis - former opera singer turned accountant - hears of two performers who sign contracts with Narabedla and vanish. He investigates but is transported to one of Aldebaran's moons.

O Pioneer!

Frederik Pohl

The overcrowded Earth isn't room enough for Evesham Giyt, a solitary and brilliant computer hacker who yearns for the long-gone frontiers of the past. Chasing stories of unspoiled beauty and endless possibility, he takes a leap across the stars to the rugged colony world of Tupelo and soon finds himself a respected member of the community and mayor of the colony's human population.

Humanity isn't the first race to colonize Tupelo: as mayor, Giyt is part of a council of races trying to peacefully coexist despite wildly disparate cultures and traditions. But as Giyt learns to like his alien neighbors, he begins to realize that his fellow humans may have other plans for Tupelo, plans that don't include peace but do include lots of dead aliens. It will be up to Giyt to crack the human conspiracy and carve out a future for all of Tupelo... before it gets him killed!

Our Best: The Best of Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth

Frederik Pohl
C. M. Kornbluth

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • The Stories of the Sixties - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Critical Mass - (1962) - novelette
  • The World of Myrion Flowers - (1961) - shortstory
  • The Engineer - (1956) - shortstory
  • A Gentle Dying - (1961) - shortstory
  • Nightmare with Zeppelins - (1958) - shortstory
  • The Quaker Cannon - (1961) - novelette
  • The 60/40 Stories - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Trouble in Time - (1940) - shortstory
  • Mars-Tube - (1941) - novelette
  • Epilogue to The Space Merchants - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Gravy Planet (excerpt) - shortfiction
  • The Final Stories - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Mute Inglorious Tam - (1974) - shortstory
  • The Gift of Garigolli - (1974) - novelette
  • The Meeting - (1972) - shortstory

Outnumbering the Dead

Frederik Pohl

In a future where medical science has all but eliminated death, vid star Rafiel is faced with his own demise and learns many poignant lessons about life as he struggles with this reality.

Planets Three

Frederik Pohl

An alien creature holds the inhabitants of Earth captive, an intergalactic explorer is hired to find the reason why a lunar mining operation is plagued by suspicious accidents, and a band of rebels plots to overthrow the rulers of Venus.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1982)
  • Figurehead - (1982)
  • Red Moon of Danger - (1951)
  • Donovan Had a Dream - (1947)

Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories

Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl, the bestselling author of The Boy Who Would Live Forever, is famous for his novels, but first and foremost, he is a master of the science fiction short story. For more than fifty years he has been writing incisive, entertaining SF stories, several hundred in all. Even while writing his bestselling triple-crown (Hugo, Nebula, Campbell Award) novel Gateway and the other Heechee Saga novels, he has always written short fiction.

Now, for the first time, he has gathered together the best of his many stories. Spanning the decades, these tales are in their way a living history of science fiction. Because Frederik Pohl has been on the frontlines of the field since the halcyon days of the late 1930s, and has written short stories in every decade since. And because he has always been a keen observer of the human condition and the world that is shaped by it, his stories reflect the currents of political movements, social trends, major events that have shaken the world...

Yet at their core, all his stories are most acutely concerned with people. All sorts of people. Some are people you'll love, some you'll hate. But you will need to find out what happens to the people who inhabit these stories. Because Frederik Pohl imbues his characters with a depth and individuality that makes them as real as people you see every day. Of course, he also employs a mind-boggling variety of scientific ideas and science fictional tropes with which his characters must interact. And he does it all with seemingly no effort at all. That's some trick. Not everyone can do that... but that's why he was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by his peers in the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Here are his two Hugo Award winning stories, "Fermi and Frost" and "The Meeting" (with C. M. Kornbluth), along with such classic novellas as the powerful "The Gold at the Starbow's End" and "The Greening of Bed-Stuy," and stories such as "Servant of the People," "Shaffery Among the Immortals," and "Growing Up in Edge City," all finalists for major awards. And dozens of other wonderful tales, like "The Mayor of Mare Tranq" and the provocative "The Day the Martians Landed" and many others.

Altogether, a grand collection of thought-provoking, entertaining science fiction by one of the all-time greats!

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by James Frenkel
  • "The Merchants of Venus", Worlds of If, July/August 1972
  • "The Things That Happen", Asimov's, October 1985
  • "The High Test", Asimov's, June 1983
  • "My Lady Green Sleeves", Galaxy, February 1957
  • "The Kindly Isle", Asimov's, November 1984
  • "The Middle of Nowhere", Galaxy, May 1955
  • "I Remember a Winter", Orbit 11, Damon Knight (ed.), 1972
  • "The Greening of Bed-Stuy", F&SF, July 1984.
  • "To See Another Mountain", F&SF, April 1959
  • "The Mapmakers", Galaxy, July 1955
  • "Spending a Day at the Lottery Fair", F&SF, October 1983
  • "The Celebrated No-Hit Inning", Fantastic Universe, September 1956
  • "Some Joys Under the Star", Galaxy, November 1973
  • "Servant of the People", Analog, February 1983
  • "Waiting for the Olympians", Asimov's, August 1988
  • "Criticality", Analog, December 1984
  • "Shaffery Among the Immortals", F&SF, July 1972
  • "The Day the Icicle Works Closed", Galaxy, February 1960
  • "Saucery", F&SF, October 1986
  • "The Gold at the Starbow's End", Analog, March 1972
  • "Growing Up in Edge City", Epoch, Roger Elwood and Robert Silverberg (eds.), 1975
  • "The Knights of Arthur", Galaxy, January 1958
  • "Creation Myths of the Recently Extinct", Analog, January 1994
  • "The Meeting" (in collaboration with C.M. Kornbluth), F&SF, November 1972
  • "Let the Ants Try", (as by James MacCreigh) Planet Stories, Winter 1949
  • "Speed Trap", Playboy, November 1967
  • "The Day the Martians Came", Dangerous Visions, Harlan Ellison (ed.), 1967
  • "Day Million", Rogue, February/March 1966
  • "The Mayor of Mare Tranq", The Williamson Effect, Tor, 1996
  • "Fermi and Frost", Asimov's, January 1985
  • Afterword : Fifty Years and Counting

Pohlstars

Frederik Pohl

A collection of short stories by the award-winning American science fiction writer, Frederik Pohl. They range from the lighthearted "The High Test" to the longest of the collection, "The Sweet, Sad Queen of the Grazing Star", a sinister story involving business and mobster rivalry.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1984)
  • The Sweet, Sad Queen of the Grazing Isles - (1984) - novella by Frederik Pohl
  • The High Test - (1983) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Spending a Day at the Lottery Fair - (1983) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Second Coming - (1983) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Enjoy, Enjoy - (1974) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Growing Up in Edge City - (1975) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • We Purchased People - (1974) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Rem The Rememberer - (1977) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • The Mother Trip - (1975) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • A Day in the Life of Able Charlie - (1976) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • The Way It Was - (1977) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Introduction to the Translation (The Wizard-Masters of Peng-Shi Angle) - essay by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
  • The Wizard-Masters of Peng-Shi Angle - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • Notes (The Wizard-Masters of Peng-Shi Angle) - essay by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre

Science Fiction Discoveries

Frederik Pohl

Contents:

  • vii - Introduction (A Dialogue) (Science Fiction Discoveries) - essay by Carol Pohl and Frederik Pohl
  • 1 - Starlady - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • 31 - The Never-Ending Western Movie - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • 51 - The Age of Libra - shortstory by Scott Edelstein
  • 69 - To Mark the Year on Azlaroc - shortstory by Fred Saberhagen
  • 85 - An Occurrence at the Owl Creek Rest Home - novelette by Arthur Jean Cox
  • 123 - The Force That Through the Circuit Drives the Current - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • 131 - Deathrights Deferred - shortstory by Doris Piserchia
  • 147 - Error Hurled - novel by Babette Rosmond

Search the Sky

Frederik Pohl
C. M. Kornbluth

Something Was Very Wrong, Out There Among The Stars... The interstellar transport had touched down on six other colony worlds - and all six had been devoid of human life. Where was everybody? It was almost as if humankind, when separated by cosmic distances from Mother Earth, could not survive.

Servant of the People

Frederik Pohl

Hugo Award nominated short story. It orginally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, February 1983. The story can also be found in the anthology The Best Science Fiction of the Year #13 (1984). It is included in the collections Midas World (1983) and Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

Shaffery Among the Immortals

Frederik Pohl

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1972. The story can also be found in the anthologies Nebula Award Stories Eight (1973), edited by Isaac Asimov and The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 20th Series (1973). It is included in the collections The Gold at the Starbow's End (1972) and Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

Slave Ship

Frederik Pohl

First they Cracked The Codes

The big electronic calculators that handled math codes, production lines, found it simple to decipher the small but racy vocabularies of the animals.

then man had achieved the age-old dream: He could respond when his dog struggled to tell him something, and he cold tell that foolish sheep that if he didn't act right he'd be mutton; and, being man, he could create the wildest, craziest secret weapon for the war that is man's heritage but not that of the new, now-articulate minorities.

The electronic brain machines have broken codes, translated one human language into another, and have now turned their memory banks to the problems of deciphering animal languages. The first practical application of this is to tell the sheep to eat the weeds in the potato patch, but to leave the potatoes alone. This, however, is only the beginning.

The nature of animals is that they are expendable. When a prolundged "cold" war has created a manpower shortage so acute that Boy Scouts are being drafted, the navy, characteristically resourceful, turns to other available materials. To an Annapolis graduate, veteran of several "cold" strikes himself, a serious-minded; man willing to do anything the nave expects of him, this presents problems in ethics only surmounted by the baffling confusion of the T.O. of hos command. for instance, how valuable could a seal be as a guided missile? Who's responsible when monkeys take over the running of a submarine?

Starburst

Frederik Pohl

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST

The crew of the Constitution--scientists cum astronauts--had been carefully screened for extremely high intelligence and superb physical qualities. They were to be the first explorers sent to another stellar system. There they would explore the planet Alpha-Aleph and then return. They were the toast of the world press--true heroes, for they were to go where no man had gone before.

Or so they thought.

Dr. Dieter von Knefhausen knew otherwise--for there was no planet, no place to go...and no place from which to return. Knefhuasen had planned it that way. Of course, Knefhausen realized his plan wasn't exactly ethical. But then, he knew the ends often justify the means.

And Knefhausen's plan worked better then even he had ever hoped!

Stopping at Slowyear

Frederik Pohl

Eager for a home of their own, the crew of Nordvik, an antiquated trading ship, decide to set up camp on Slowyear, a rarely visited planet whose population must live underground during bitter winters lasting five Earth-years.

Syzygy

Frederik Pohl

Scientists and psychics are predicting eruptions and earthquakes that could devastate half the earth, caused by a rare conjunction of the planets. It's called SYZYGY.

A ruthless land speculator decides to make a quick killing by starting a panic. Then others cash in on the Syzygy Effect for their own greed: a crackpot cult preaching doom, a politician out for votes, a quack scientist out to make the headlines.

When California is paralyzed by brush fires and flash floods, hysteria explodes. Only a dedicated scientist and a beautiful NASA astrophysicist can prevent massive destruction. But they're up against forces that will stop at nothing to keep the truth from getting out.

Tales from the Planet Earth

Frederik Pohl
Elizabeth Anne Hull

In this collaborative novel of international science fiction, Frederik Pohl and Elizabeth Anne Hull have compiled nineteen facets of a single dilemma, the fantastic situation oh human beings and aliens coexisting in one body. Each story's plot is organized around this single theme, but the voices that color each telling come from all corners of the world.

Table of Contents:

  • Report From the Planet Earth - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • The Last Word - essay by Elizabeth Anne Hull
  • Sitting Around the Pool, Soaking Up the Rays - (1984) - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • The Thursday Events - shortstory by Ye Yonglie
  • User Friendly - shortstory by Spider Robinson
  • Life as an Ant - shortstory by André Carneiro
  • Fiddling for Waterbuffaloes - (1986) - novelette by S. P. Somtow
  • S Is for Snake - shortstory by Lino Aldani (trans. of S come serpente)
  • The Divided Carla - novelette by Josef Nesvadba (trans. of Rozštepená Karla 1985)
  • The View from the Top of the Tower - (1986) - shortstory by Harry Harrison
  • Don't Knock the Rock - shortstory by A. Bertram Chandler
  • The Owl of Bear Island - shortstory by Jon Bing (trans. of Ugle på Bjørnøya)
  • Contacts of a Fourth Kind - shortstory by Ljuben Dilov (translation form Russian original 1985)
  • Infestation - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • In the Blink of an Eye - shortstory by Carlos Maria Federici
  • Particularly Difficult Territory - shortstory by Janusz A. Zajdel (trans. of Wyjatkowo trudny teren)
  • Time Everlasting - shortstory by Sam J. Lundwall
  • The Middle Kingdom - shortstory by Tong Enzheng and Elizabeth Anne Hull
  • On the Inside Track - novelette by Karl Michael Armer (trans. of Umkreisungen)
  • The Legend of the Paper Spaceship - (1983) - novelette by Tetsu Yano (translation for Japanese original 1978)
  • We Servants of the Stars - shortstory by Frederik Pohl
  • Notes on Contributors - essay by uncredited

Terror

Frederik Pohl

A colossal force is about to alter history, code name: Vulcan, a classified military project off the shores of Hawaii - where a volcano lies dormant at the bottom of the sea but about to be come a living hell.

The Abominable Earthman

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • The Abominable Earthman - (1961)
  • We Never Mention Aunt Nora - (1958)
  • A Life and a Half - (1959)
  • Punch - (1961)
  • The Martian Star-Gazers - (1963)
  • Whatever Counts - (1959)
  • Three Portraits and a Prayer - (1962)

The Age of the Pussyfoot

Frederik Pohl

MAN ALIVE

Charles Forrester was out of the deepfreeze. It had taken several centuries to bring him back to life.

But what a life it was!

The 26th Century offered pleasure at the flip of a button -- everything from gourmet food to stupendous sex right there for the asking. And for a rich man like Forrester, the possibilities of delight were endless.

Of course, everything else was endless too. But by the time Forrester realized that he had had enough of a good thing -- even too much! -- he realized that he would somehow have to kill himself if he were ever to survive!

It was the Age of the Pussyfoot

The Case Against Tomorrow

Frederik Pohl

Contents:

  • "The Midas Plague" - Galaxy Science Fiction April '54
  • "The Census Takers" - The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Feb. '56
  • "The Candle Lighter" - Galaxy Science Fiction March '55
  • "The Celebrated No-Hit Inning" - Fantastic Universe Sep. '56
  • "Wapshot's Demon" - Science Fiction Stories July '56
  • "My Lady Green Sleeves" - Galaxy Science Fiction Feb. '57

The Coming of the Quantum Cats

Frederik Pohl

A breakthrough in quantum physics has shattered the boundaries between alternate worlds. History is in chaos as billions of possible futures collide.

As a conquering army mounts an invasion of neighoboring realities, a handful of men and women from a dozen different timelines risk their lives to safeguard an infinity of worlds.

Blending thrilling suspense with brilliant scientific speculation, Frederik Pohl's THE COMING OF THE QUANTUM CATS is a triumph of the imagination by a Hugo and Nebula winning master of science fiction.

The Cool War

Frederik Pohl

Fred Pohl, multiple winner of science-fiction's top awards, presents a breathtaking romp through the energy-poor world of the 2020s - a gripping chase-intrigue novel with a highly unlikely stand-in for James Bond.

One day, the Reverend Hornswell Hake had nothing worse to contend with than the customary power shortages and his routine pastoral chores, such as counseling the vivacious Alys Brant - and her husbands and wife. At nearly forty, his life was placid, almost humdrum.

The very next day, Horny Hake was first enlisted as an unwilling agent of the Team - secret successor to the long-discredited CIA - and then courted by an anti-Team underground group. In practically no time at all, Horny and Alys were touring Europe on a mission about which he knew zip, except that it was a new move in the Cool War, the worldwide campaign of sabotage that had replaced actual combat.

For the team and its opponents, though, the Cool War could be as perilous as any hot one, as Horny Hake discovered when he came up against

*Leota, lovely leader of the underground cabal, dedicated to destroying the Team;

*Yosper, the Bible-thumping, foul-mouthed nonogenarian killer;

*The Reddi twins, professional terrorists who turned up in the oddest places at the worst times and always managed to make Horny's life miserable;

*And Pegleg, master of such lethal toys as the Bulgarian Brolly and the Peruvian Pen.

Picaresque and fast-moving, THE COOL WAR is also a deeply ironic, often hilarious, yet thought-provoking look at where we could be, some forty years from now.

The Day the Martians Came

Frederik Pohl

Henry Steegman is hardly "Mr. Personality" aboard the Mars-bound Algonquin 9. Yet it is he who bungles upon the spectacular Macy's-like city beneath the Red Planet's crust. For better or worse, the name Steegman will be immortalized by a discovery that will transform millions of lives.

For a struggling screenwriter, the Martian beings could mean a big story, big bucks, headlines...and more women than any many his size has ever known...

For an exhiled Russian rocket man, the are a possible route to America's space program, and the land of opportunity...

For a flying-saucer faker of flickering fame, the possibilities are out of this world.

In a brilliant near-future look at the human condition, Frederick Pohl has honed his satire-sharp science fiction to a steely new edge.

Table of Conents:

  • A Martian Christmas - (1987)
  • Introduction (The Day the Martians Came) - essay by James E. Gunn
  • From the New York Times "Martians Lack Language But Possess Organized Society" - (1988)
  • Sad Screenwriter Sam - (1972)
  • "NBC Nightly News": "Ferdie Dead" - (1988)
  • The View from Mars Hill - (1987)
  • Scientific American: "Martian Polar Wanderings" - (1988)
  • Saucery - (1986)
  • New Scientist: "Mars at the British Ass." - (1988)
  • The Beltway Bandit - (1988)
  • The President's News Conference - (1988)
  • Too Much Loosestrife - (1987)
  • "Oprah Winfrey" - (1988)
  • Iriadeska's Martians - (1986)
  • Notes from the British Interplanetary Society - (1988)
  • The Missioner - (1988)
  • Time Magazine: "We Wait with Eagerness and Joy" - (1988)
  • Across the River - (1988)
  • The Day After the Day the Martians Came - (1967)
  • Huddling - (1988)

The Early Pohl

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Elegy to a Dead Planet: Luna - (1937)
  • The Dweller in the Ice - (1941)
  • The King's Eye - (1941)
  • It's a Young World - (1941)
  • Daughters of Eternity - (1942)
  • Earth, Farewell! - (1943)
  • Conspiracy on Callisto - (1943)
  • Highwayman of the Void - (1944)
  • Double-Cross - (1944)

The Gold at the Starbow's End

Frederik Pohl

Locus Award winning and Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, March 1972. The story can also be found in the anthologies Best Science Fiction for 1972, edited by Frederik Pohl, The 1973 Annual World's Best SF, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, Analog 9 (1973), edited by Ben Bova, The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989), edited by David G. Hartwell and The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume Three (2001), edited by Frederik Pohl. It is included in the collections The Gold at the Starbow's End (1972) and Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

The Gold at the Starbow's End (collection)

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

The Kindly Isle

Frederik Pohl

This short story originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, November 1984. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985), edited by Gardner Dozois, and Genometry (2001), edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

The Last Theorem

Arthur C. Clarke
Frederik Pohl

The final work from the brightest star in science fiction's galaxy. Arthur C Clarke, who predicted the advent of communication satellites and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey completes a lifetime career in science fiction with a masterwork.

30 light years away, a race known simply as the One Point Fives are plotting a dangerous invasion plan, one that will wipe humankind off the face of the Earth...

Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a young astronomy student, Ranjit Subramanian, becomes obsessed with a three-hundred-year-old theorem that promises to unlock the secrets of the universe. While Ranjit studies the problem, tensions grow between the nations of the world and a UN taskforce headed up by China, America and Russia code-named Silent Thunder begins bombing volatile regimes into submission.

On the eve of the invasion of Earth a space elevator is completed, helped in part by Ranjit, which will herald a new type of Olympics to be held on the Moon. But when alien forces arrive Ranjit is forced to question his own actions, in a bid to save the lives of not just his own family but of all of humankind.

Co-written with fellow grand master Frederik Pohl, The Last Theorem not only provides a fitting end to the career one of the most famous names in science fiction but also sets a new benchmark in contemporary prescient science fiction. It tackles with ease epic themes as diverse as third world poverty, the atrocities of modern warfare in a post-nuclear age, space elevators, pure mathematics and mankind's first contact with extra-terrestrials.

The Man Who Ate the World

Frederik Pohl

A collection of Frederik Pohl's short stories, including:

  • The Man Who Ate The World
  • The Wizards of Pung's Corners
  • The Waging Of Peace
  • The Snowmen
  • The Day The Icicle Works Closed

The Meeting

Frederik Pohl
C. M. Kornbluth

Hugo Award winning short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1972. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2 (1973), edited by Terry Carr, Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Second Annual Collection (1973), edited by Lester del Rey, and The Hugo Winners, Volume 3: (1970-75) (1977), edited by Isaac Asimov. It is included in the collections Our Best: The Best of Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth (1987) and Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories (2005).

The Midas Plague

Frederik Pohl

This novella originally appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1954. It has been anthologized in Spectrum 1 (1961) edited by Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two B (1973) edited by Ben Bova, The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fiction (1980) edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh, and collected in The Case Against Tomorrow (1957) and The Best of Frederik Pohl (1975).

The Singers of Time

Frederik Pohl
Jack Williamson

A race of turtle-like creatures conquers Earth, imposing a gentler set of values on humankind, outlawing destructive technology, and denying the validity of human scientific theories. When their home planet disappears into a black hole, however, the aliens' only hope for the future hinges on the possibility that humanity's flawed sciences might contain a glimmer of truth. Two veteran sf authors combine their strengths to produce a novel that both explains and explores the "mysteries" of modern science.

The Voices of Heaven

Frederik Pohl

Barry di Hoa had the good life on the Moon: steady work and the love of a good woman. But a rival slipped him a mickey, and he next awoke aboard Gerald Tscharka's ship as it neared the colony planet, Pava, eighteen light-years away.

Pava was the frontier, complete with earthquakes, primitive conditions and hard physical work. The local "doctor" wouldn't treat Barry's little manic-depressive problem without medicine from the Moon. And the Millernarist colonists, who thought suicide was cool fun, didn't thrill him.

Then he made friends with the leps. The large, caterpillar-like, odd-speaking gentle beasts were helping the humans to fashion a life on their planet. In their strange way, they knew things about Pava that might make the difference in the colony's survival. He started to believe he could really enjoy life in this fragile paradise. Except Tscharka was up to soemthing bad, something that would change eveyrthing. Barry knew only he could stop the mad captian, and the captain knew it, too. What neither knew was whether Barry could be manic enough to do it.

The Wonder Effect

Frederik Pohl
C. M. Kornbluth

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (The Wonder Effect) - (1962) - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Critical Mass - (1962) - novelette
  • A Gentle Dying - (1961) - shortstory
  • Nightmare with Zeppelins - (1958) - shortstory
  • Best Friend - (1941) - shortstory
  • The World of Myrion Flowers - (1961) - shortstory
  • Trouble in Time - (1940) - shortstory
  • The Engineer - (1956) - shortstory
  • Mars-Tube - (1941) - novelette
  • The Quaker Cannon - (1961) - novelette

The World at the End of Time

Frederik Pohl

Wan-To was the oldest and must powerful intelligence in the universe, a being who played with star systems as a child plays with marbles. Matter occupied so tiny a part of his vast awareness that humans were utterly beneath his notice.

The colonists of Newmanhome first suffered the effects of Wan-To's games when their planet's stars began to shift, the climate began to cool down, and the colony was forced into a desperate struggle to survive.

Viktor Sorricaine was determined to discover what force had suddenly sent his world hurtling toward the ends of the universe. And the answer was something beyond the scope of his imagination -- even if he lived for 4000 years...

Tomorrow Times Seven

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • The Haunted Corpse - Galaxy Science Fiction Jan. '57
  • The Middle of Nowhere - Galaxy Science Fiction May '55
  • The Gentle Venusian ("The Gentlest Unpeople") - Galaxy Science Fiction June '58
  • The Day of the Boomer Dukes - Future #30 '56
  • Survival Kit - Galaxy Science Fiction May '57
  • The Knights of Arthur - Galaxy Science Fiction Jan. '58
  • To See Another Mountain - The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction April '59

Turn Left at Thursday

Frederik Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Mars by Moonlight - (1958)
  • The Richest Man in Levittown - (1959)
  • The Seven Deadly Virtues - (1958)
  • The Martian in the Attic - (1960)
  • Third Offense - (1958)
  • The Hated - (1958)
  • I Plinglot, Who You? - (1959)

Under Two Moons

Frederik Pohl

Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in If, September 1965. The story can also be found in the anthology The Second If Reader of Science Fiction (1968). It is included in the collection Day Million (1970).

Wolfbane

Frederik Pohl
C. M. Kornbluth

The Earth has forcibly been taken from its orbit. It began with an extra-terrestrial pyramid on top of Mt. Everest. And then a "runaway planet" took the Earth as its binary. And now harsh generations have passed since the inhabitants last saw the light of their sun, Sol. Society has grown rigid. The meek lambs have inherited the Earth, even it's a very poor Earth, indeed. It's a hard world for all. But Glenn Tropile is no lamb and if his citizens finds out he's a wolf, it will be the wolf that goes to slaughter.

Worlds of If: A Retrospective Anthology

Joseph D. Olander
Martin H. Greenberg
Frederik Pohl

First edition, hardcover. Retrospective anthology; most works have a forward by the story's author.

Contents:

  • Introduction by Frederik Pohl
  • As IF Was in the Beginning by Larry T. Shaw
  • The Golden Man (1954) by Philip K. Dick
  • The Battle (1954) by Robert Sheckley
  • Last Rites (1955) by Charles Beaumont
  • Game Preserve (1957) by Rog Phillips
  • The Burning of the Brain (1958) by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Man Who Tasted Ashes (1959) by Algis Budrys
  • Kings Who Die (1962) by Poul Anderson
  • Fortress Ship (1963) by Fred Saberhagen
  • Father of the Stars (1964) by Frederik Pohl
  • Trick or Treaty (1965) by Keith Laumer
  • Nine Hundred Grandmothers (1966) by R. A. Lafferty
  • Neutron Star (1966) by Larry Niven
  • This Mortal Mountain (1967) by Roger Zelazny
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (1967) by Harlan Ellison
  • Driftglass (1967) by Samuel R. Delany
  • The Holmes-Ginsbook Device (1968) by Isaac Asimov
  • Down in the Black Gang (1969) by Philip José Farmer
  • The Reality Trip (1970) by Robert Silverberg
  • The Nightblooming Saurian (1970) by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Occam's Scalpel (1971) by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Construction Shack (1973) by Clifford D. Simak
  • Time Deer (1974) by Craig Strete
  • Afterword: Flash Point, Middle by Barry N. Malzberg

Yesterday's Tomorrows

Frederik Pohl

Favorite Stories from Forty Years As a Science Fiction Editor.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (1982) by Frederik Pohl
  • The Nine Billion Names of God (1953) story by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Moon Moth (1961) novelette by Jack Vance
  • The Man with English (1953) story by Horace L. Gold
  • Into the Darkness (1940) novelette by Ross Rocklynne
  • The Halfling (1943) novelette by Leigh Brackett
  • Strange Playfellow (1940) story by Isaac Asimov
  • Space-Time for Springers (1958) story by Fritz Leiber
  • Emergency Refueling (1940) story by James Blish
  • The Coldest Place (1964) story by Larry Niven
  • The Life Hater/Berserker (1964) story by Fred Saberhagen
  • The Embassy (1942) story by Donald A. Wollheim aka Martin Pearson
  • The Last Flight of Dr. Ain (1969) story by James Tiptree Jr.
  • Sweet Dreams, Melissa (1968) story by Stephen Goldin
  • Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay (1967) story by Robert Sheckley
  • Among the Bad Baboons (1968) novelette by Mack Reynolds
  • Slow Tuesday Night (1965) story by R.A. Lafferty
  • The Pain Peddlers (1963) story by Robert Silverberg
  • At the Mouse Circus (1971) story by Harlan Ellison
  • The Rull (1948) novelette by A.E. van Vogt
  • The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (1962) novelette by Cordwainer Smith
  • The Monster (1951) story by Lester del Rey
  • Oh, to Be a Blobel! (1964) novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Let There Be Light (1940) story by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Without Doubt (1941) story by Robert A. Heinlein & Elma Wentz
  • A Gentle Dying (1961) story by Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth
  • The Great Slow Kings (1963) story by Roger Zelazny
  • Old Testament (1964) story by Jerome Bixby
  • Eco-Catastrophe! (1969) story by Paul R. Ehrlich
  • Guinevere for Everybody (1955) story by Jack Williamson
  • A Bad Day for Vermin (1964) story by Keith Laumer
  • Excerpt from Dragon Lensman (1980) fiction by David A. Kyle
  • Excerpt from Dhalgren (1974) fiction by Samuel R. Delany
  • Excerpt from The Short-Timers (1979) fiction by Gustav Hasford
  • Interstellar Way-Station (1941) story by Wilson Tucker
  • The Report on the Barnhouse Effect (1950) story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Afterword (1982) by Frederik Pohl
  • The Paperbacks: 1971-1978 (1982) by Frederik Pohl
  • The Galaxy & If Years: 1960-69 (1982) by Frederik Pohl
  • The Anthologies (1982) by Frederik Pohl
  • The Pulps: 1939-43 (1982) by Frederik Pohl
  • The Fanzines: 1933-39 (1982) by Frederik Pohl

Red Lights, and Rain

Gareth L. Powell

This short story originally appeared in Solaris Rising 3: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2014), edited by Ian Whates, and was reprinted in Clarkesworld, Issue 133, October 2017. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection (2015), edited by Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection Entropic Angel and Other Stories (2017).

Read the full story for free at Clarkesworld.

Fade to Red: Three Interviews About Sebold's Mars Trilogy

Stephen S. Power

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, October 2016.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels

David Pringle

Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best NovelsFocusing on novels written in English since the end of World War II, Pringle's selection is controversial, as any selection must be, but it is also a valuable guide to good reading in a field that is wider than it first appears to be. Pringle's informative comments on each title will help the reader select those titles that will be of immediate interest.

The book is comprised of a series of 100 essays, covering the years 1946 to 1987 and in order of publication, without any ranking. Although somewhat focused on works from the British Isles, it is considered an important critical summary of the science fiction field.

Pringle says of the book:

While covering no foreign-language fantasies and few children's or 'light' fantasies, "I have tried to make a balanced list, and in so doing I have included some books which are not really to my taste--they may well be other people's favourites, though. In truth, there are not a hundred masterpieces of modern fantasy, any more than there a hundred masterpieces of science fiction." "At least some of the novels I have selected are masterpieces of modern literature, full of beauty and wonder. The others are craftsmanlike entertainments which I happily commend to you for your enjoyment."

The books and authors covered in this volume are the basis for our Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels list.

Reduction in Arms

Tom Purdom

At long last, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had come to an agreement about weapon controle, a genuine rediction in arms.

How was it maintained? By dedicated arms inspectors, backed by all teh technology available to determined governments.

But there were hawks on both sides wo resented the agreement, and were resolved to overturn in. Particularly in a Presidential election year.

In Russia, a famous microbiologist was confined to a mental home, in a planned environment of great complexity. Was it for real? Or was it a well-equipped laboratory in which he could steal a march on the U.S. - and bury the treaty.

City of Ash and Red

Hye-young Pyun

Distinguished for his talents as a rat killer, the nameless protagonist of Hye-young Pyun's City of Ash and Red is sent by the extermination company he works for on an extended assignment in C, a country descending into chaos and paranoia, swept by a contagious disease, and flooded with trash. No sooner does he disembark than he is whisked away by quarantine officials and detained overnight. Isolated and forgotten, he realizes that he is stranded with no means of contacting the outside world. Still worse, when he finally manages to reach an old friend, he is told that his ex-wife's body was found in his apartment and he is the prime suspect. Barely managing to escape arrest, he must struggle to survive in the streets of this foreign city gripped with fear of contamination and reestablish contact with his company and friends in order to clear his reputation.

But as the man's former life slips further and further from his grasp, and he looks back on his time with his wife, it becomes clear that he may not quite be who he seems.

The Girl in Red

Christina Henry

It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that was perfectly sane and normal until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods...

Red in Tooth and Cog

Cat Rambo

This short story originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March-April 2016. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, edited by Rich Horton.

Lisen to or read the full story for free at EscapePod.

Damocles

S. G. Redling

When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet--a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns--is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society.

But here, it's the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it's up to Meg--a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication--to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers. In Loul Pell, a young Dideto male thrust into the forefront of the historic event, Meg finds an unexpected kindred spirit, and undertakes an extraordinary journey of discovery, friendship, and life-altering knowledge.

Told from both sides of a monumental encounter, Damocles is a compelling novel about man's first contact with an extraterrestrial race.

Flowertown

S. G. Redling

When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a US Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Dosed with powerful drugs to combat the poison, their bodies give off a sickly sweet smell and the containment zone becomes known simply as Flowertown.

Seven years later, the infrastructure is crumbling, supplies are dwindling, and nobody is getting clean. Ellie Cauley doesn't care anymore. Despite her paranoid best friend's insistence that conspiracies abound, she focuses on three things: staying high, hooking up with the Army sergeant she's not supposed to be fraternizing with and, most importantly, trying to ignore her ever-simmering rage. But when a series of deadly events rocks the compound, Ellie suspects her friend is right--something dangerous is going down in Flowertown and all signs point to a twisted plan of greed and abuse. She and the other residents of Flowertown have been betrayed by someone with a deadly agenda and their plan is just getting started. Time is running out. With nobody to trust and nowhere to go, Ellie decides to fight with the last weapon she has--her rage.

Flowertown is a high-intensity conspiracy thriller that brings the worst-case scenario vividly to life and will keep readers riveted until the final haunting page.

Weird Women, Wired Women

Kit Reed

Kit Reed has been delighting and terrifying readers for over thirty years with her darkly comic speculative fiction. This collection of short stories, drawn from a lifetime's work, shows Reed at the top of her form. First published in venues ranging from The Missouri Review to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, these twenty stories deal with women's lives and feminist issues from the kitchen sink and pink dishmop era through the warlike years of the women's movement to the uneasy accommodation of the present.

Contents:

  • Foreword by Connie Willis
  • Introduction: Where I'm Coming From by Kit Reed
  • The Bride of Bigfoot
  • The Food Farm
  • The Hall of New Faces
  • Songs of War
  • The Wait
  • Whoever
  • Like My Dress
  • Frontiers
  • The New You
  • In Behalf of the Product
  • Winter
  • Chicken Soup
  • Cynosure
  • Pilots of the Purple Twilight
  • Mommy Nearest
  • Unlimited
  • The Mothers of Shark Island
  • Last Fridays
  • The Weremother

Mwalimu in the Squared Circle

Mike Resnick

Hugo Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, March 1993. The story can also be found in the anthologis Alternate Warriors (1993), edited by Mike Resnick and The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection (1994). It is included in the collections An Alien Land (1998), New Dreams for Old (2005) and Win Some, Lose Some: The Hugo Award Winning (and Nominated) Short Science Fiction and Fantasy of Mike Resnick (2012).

Redbeard

Mike Resnick

Red Will Donahoe, born barbarian into a world stripped of civilization, was a misfit. All around him were the results of the final blowup that had doomed civilization, skulking in the ruins of the city. And Donahoe skulked, too, hiding from the struggling normal society on the other side of the great river. Hiding not from his own choice, but because he was bound by unseen ties to the man in shadows, Gareth Cole - Master of the Mutants.

Cole watched his barbarian grow from childhood, grow into the fierceness of a manhood that could know no peace until it had tasted the rich taste of blood. And Cole, enigmatic ruler of half a world, wondered if he had made a mistake in allowing Redbeard to live.

Redchapel

Mike Resnick

Hugo Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, December 2000. The story can also be found in the collections Hunting the Snark and Other Short Novels (2002) and Win Some, Lose Some: The Hugo Award Winning (and Nominated) Short Science Fiction and Fantasy of Mike Resnick (2012).

Read the full story for free at the Baen website.

Red Moon

Kim Stanley Robinson

It is thirty years from now, and we have colonized the moon.

American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China's Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding.

It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. He has contacts and influence, but he too will find that the moon can be a perilous place for any traveler.

Finally, there is Chan Qi. She is the daughter of the Minister of Finance, and without doubt a person of interest to those in power. She is on the moon for reasons of her own, but when she attempts to return to China, in secret, the events that unfold will change everything - on the moon, and on Earth.

Hadrian the Seventh

Frederick Rolfe

One day George Arthur Rose, hack writer and minor priest, discovers that he has been picked to be Pope. He is hardly surprised and not in the least daunted. "The previous English pontiff was Hadrian the Fourth," he declares. "The present English pontiff is Hadrian the Seventh. It pleases Us; and so, by Our own impulse, We command." Hadrian is conceived in the image of his creator, Fr. Rolfe, whose aristocratic pretensions (he called himself Baron Corvo), religious obsession, and anarchic and self-aggrandizing sensibility have made him known as one of the great English eccentrics. Fr. Rolfe endured a lifetime of indignities and disappointments. However, in the hilarious and touching pages of this, his finest novel, he triumphs.

Hubert's Arthur

Frederick Rolfe

Taking as its point of departure the alleged inaccuracy of the chronicles of Matthew Paris, Hubert's Arthurpresents an alternative retelling of English history from the point of view of Hubert de Burgh. In Hubert's narrative, which begins with an account of the struggle for succession in the wake of King Richard Lionheart's death, young Duke Arthur of Brittany does not die at the hands of King John, but instead ascends to the throne. Hubert relates Arthur's adventures as he combats the wily John, fights in the Crusades, and wages battle against the treacherous Simon de Montfort, before facing perhaps his greatest challenge when his reign is threatened by the crucifixions of young Christian boys.

Penned by the brilliant but eccentric Frederick Rolfe (who styled himself Baron Corvo) whilst he was starving and homeless in a self-imposed exile in Venice, Hubert's Arthur, first published posthumously in 1935, is one of the strangest and most remarkable novels of the twentieth century. Filled with action and suffused throughout with Rolfe's characteristic humor, the novel is notable for its blatant homoeroticism, its savage anti-Semitism, and its shockingly graphic violence. This edition features a new scholarly introduction by Kristin Mahoney, who also provides detailed annotations to help guide readers through Rolfe's labyrinth of historical and literary references and his unique vocabulary of archaic words, some of which have not been used since the sixteenth century.

Major Ingredients: The Selected Short Stories of Eric Frank Russell

Eric Frank Russell

Table of Contents:

  • Editor's Introduction - (2000) - essay by Rick Katze
  • Eric Frank Russell - (2000) - essay by Jack L. Chalker
  • Allamagoosa - (1955)
  • And Then There Were None - (1951)
  • The Army Comes to Venus - (1959)
  • Basic Right - (1958)
  • Dear Devil - (1950)
  • Diabologic - (1955)
  • Fast Falls the Eventide - (1952)
  • Hobbyist - (1947)
  • Homo Saps - (1941)
  • I Am Nothing - (1952)
  • Into Your Tent I'll Creep - (1957)
  • Jay Score - (1941)
  • Last Blast - (1952)
  • Late Night Final - (1948)
  • A Little Oil - (1952)
  • Meeting on Kangsham (1965)
  • Metamorphosite - (1946)
  • Minor Ingredient - (1956)
  • Now Inhale - (1959)
  • Nuisance Value - (1957)
  • Panic Button - (1959)
  • Plus X - (1956)
  • Study in Still Life - (1959)
  • Tieline - (1955)
  • The Timid Tiger - (1947)
  • Top Secret - (1956)
  • The Ultimate Invader - (1954)
  • The Undecided - (1949)
  • U-Turn - (1950)
  • The Waitabits - (1955)
  • The Man Who (Almost) Never Was - (2000) - essay by Mike Resnick

Red River Seven

A. J. Ryan

Seven strangers. One mission. Infinite horror.

A man awakes on a boat at sea with no memory of who or where he is. He's not alone - there are six others, each with a unique set of skills. None of them can remember their names. All of them possess a gun.

When a message appears on the onboard computer - Proceeding to Point A - the group agrees to work together to survive whatever is coming.

But as the boat moves through the mist-shrouded waters, divisions begin to form. Who is directing them and to what purpose? Why can't they remember anything?

And what are the screams they can hear beyond the mist?

The Unconquered Country

Geoff Ryman

BSFA and WFA winning and Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in Interzone, #7 Spring 1984. The story can also be found in the collection Unconquered Countries: Four Novellas (1994).

The novella was later published as the novel The Unconquered Country (1986). The revisions are reported to be very minor.

The Unconquered Country

Geoff Ryman

When the Neighbors invade and Sharks attacking from the skies kill her family, Third Child must find her own way through a rapidly changing world.

Slightly expanded from the novella of the same title. A rough word count of each shows less than 500 words difference. Technically, this is the same as the novella, as there is too little difference to be considered a new work. However, it did win awards as a novel.

Unconquered Countries: Four Novellas

Geoff Ryman

A collection of astonishing and inventive works by a groundbreaking author of speculative fiction.

Contents:

  • A Fall of Angels, or On the Possibility of Life under Extreme Conditions (1994)
  • Fan (1994)
  • O Happy Day! (1985)
  • The Unconquered Country (1984)

A Century of Progress

Fred Saberhagen

For centuries two meg-powers from the future have been waging war for control of timelines of history. Alan Norlund, a WWII airman vet, is promised a life saving cure for his granddaughter, if he will undertake a mission fifty years back in time to the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Hitler with his 'angels' from the opposing power would like to take over our timeline and 1933 Chicago may be just the place to start.

Continuing the time-line wars of Fred Saberhagen's MASK OF THE SUN.

Coils

Roger Zelazny
Fred Saberhagen

A new entity is being born. Its cells are microprocessors, its soul lives in data banks from Wall Street to Red Square. It is neither good nor evil. But it is very dangerous. The Angra Oil Corporation thinks it is just another resource to be used up....

Coils: The story of a man and a woman trapped in the battle between a soulless corporation and the soul of a new machine.

Dancing Bears

Fred Saberhagen

In 1906 much is changing in Russia, and on the huge Lohmatski estate a man-eating bear has attacked at least two men. When Gregori Lohmatski, an ardent hunter visiting London, receives the urgent summons home, he invites his American friend and fellow hunter, John Sherwood, to join him.

Russia is far stranger than Sherwood imagined. When he and Gregori arrive, they find Greg's father gone, apparently killed by the bear; his brother Maxim missing; his beautiful, revolution-minded sister Natalya barely evading the political police; and the loyal but superstitious peasants in an uproar.

The Lohmatski men, Sherwood learns, have long been pursued by rumors of their ability to change into bears. Sherwood finds himself on the run with Natalya. From the Russian police. From Maxim, who is not quite what he seems. And from the fate that will inevitably follow Sherwood's wounding at the werebear's claws

Love Conquers All

Fred Saberhagen

In a world where zero population growth is strictly enforced and sexual permissiveness is the chief means of control, a young woman's decision to bear her third child makes her the target of concerted oppression.

Octagon

Fred Saberhagen

Octagon: a player. Starweb: a computer moderated role playing game. Pay your fee, read the rules, take on a persona, mail-in your move and begin. Forge alliances, attack your enemies, build an empire. All great fun for computer savvy players, until something goes amiss and players begin dying.

Pawn to Infinity

Fred Saberhagen
Joan Saberhagen

Selection of stories from the finest writers of science fiction, all of whom understand how both glory and tragedy can be outlined on a checker board.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Joan Spicci Saberhagen and Fred Saberhagen
  • The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton - (1977) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • Unicorn Variation - (1981) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Immortal Game - (1954) - shortstory by Poul Anderson
  • Midnight by the Morphy Watch - (1974) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Unsound Variations - (1982) - novella by George R. R. Martin
  • A Game of Vlet - (1974) - shortstory by Joanna Russ
  • Without a Thought - (1963) - shortstory by Fred Saberhagen
  • A Board in the Other Direction - (1974) - shortstory by Ruth Berman
  • Von Goom's Gambit - (1966) - shortstory by Victor Contoski
  • Kokomu - novelette by Daniel Gilbert
  • Moxon's Master - (1899) - shortstory by Ambrose Bierce
  • Rendezvous 2062 - poem by Robert Frazier
  • Reflections on the Looking-Glass, An Essay - essay by Fred Stewart

The Black Throne

Roger Zelazny
Fred Saberhagen

As children they met and built sand castles on a beach out of space and time: Edgar Perry, Little Annie, and Edgar Allan Poe.... Fifteen years later, Perry meets Annie again, all grown up and beautiful - and in the real world. She warns him of his mortal peril, then flees for Europe on a mysterious black ship.

Perry is recruited by a fabulously wealthy man to follow that ship to Europe where he meets the famed detective Auguste Dupin, has an encounter with a Maelstrom and a black raven, has a run in with a Pit and a Pendulum, and lives many more of the stories his alter ego, Edgar Allan Poe, wrote. He and Poe have exchanged places: Perry will thrive in the dark, romantic world where lead can be transmuted to gold, ravens can speak, orangutans can commit murder, and beautiful women are easy to come by; while Poe is now doomed to live out his life a misfit, and end as a pauper, a drunk, and a genius....

The Golden People

Fred Saberhagen

Epanded from the version published in Ace Double M-103 (1964).

The road to hell is paved with good inventions....

Emiliano Nowell was a world-class genetic engineer. He was also a wealthy and idealistic man with the time and money necessary to follow his dreams. In secret laboratories far from Earth he used his powers to create 100 genetically perfect children...an enlightened cadre Nowell hoped would lead humanity out of that maze of war, famine, torture, and death called history.

But the Golden People proved to be more intelligent than even he believed possible. Among other frighteningly advanced talents, they had the power to mentally influence normal humans. Now, one of them has become the group's secret leader. His goal is not to help humanity?but to replace it.

The Mask of the Sun

Fred Saberhagen

When Mike Gabrieli's neer'do'well brother Tom disappears shortly after discovering a fabulously valuable Aztec relic, Mike rightly suspects that this time the family's black sheep has got himself into the kind of trouble from which even Mike won't be able to extricate him. But still, Tim is -- or was -- his brother, and Mike must do what he can.

For Mike this is the beginning of an adventure beyond imagining, an adventure that will put him in constant peril of his life as he shuttles between past, present and future of an alternate reality, fighting beside the descendants of the Incas as they battle to erase Pizarro's bloody footprints from the New World, and secure the reality of their own existence.

But is the "alternate reality" really an alternate, or is Mike actually struggling to erase the very future that gave him birth? The answer lies in the source of all his troubles and his only hope of survival: THE MASK OF THE SUN

The Water of Thought

Fred Saberhagen

A shorter version of this novela appeared in Ace Double M-127 (1965).

It drove men mad... but each in a different way. In one the effect was total, utter addiction. In another, a compulsion to absolute obedience. In a third, idealistic monomania. In a fourth, unending, all-consuming lust. Of all the enigmas surrounding the planet Kappa, none was more inscrutable than that mysterious liquid central to all the native rites.There was, in fact, only one certainty about it: Now that it threatened to contaminate the worlds of Earth, its source would have to be destroyed - even though for the native Kappans the Water of Thought was as necessary as the Breath of Life itself.

The White Bull

Fred Saberhagen

In the reign of Minos, King of the Cretans, the gods gave proof of their existence: a bull-headed man accompanied by his bronzen servitor strode forth from Neptune's realm. At last the gods had removed the veils that separated them from their worshippers... or had they?

Strangely enough, the Minotaur forswears all claim to divinity - and his metallic servant cannot speak at all. Instead, he comes to the Greeks bearing gifts of alien knowledge. But Daedelus at least will have cause to beware the teachings of... The White Bull.

A Small Charred Face

Kazuki Sakuraba

Even monsters need families.

What are the "bamboo"?

They are from China.

They look just like us.

They live by night.

They drink human lifeblood, but otherwise keep their distance.

And every century, they grow white blooming flowers.

A boy name Kyo is saved from the precipice of death by Bamboo, a vampire born of the tall grasses. They start an enjoyable, yet strange shared life together, Kyo and the gentle Bamboo. But for Bamboo, communication with a human being is the greatest sin.

Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas

Kazuki Sakuraba

When the Outland People abandoned a baby girl on the outskirts of a village, few imagined that she would grow up to marry into the illustrious Akakuchiba family, much less that she would develop clairvoyant abilities and become matriarch of the illustrious ironworking clan. Her daughter shocks the village further by joining a motorcycle gang and becoming a famous manga artist. The Outlander's granddaughter Toko--well, she's nobody at all. A nobody worth entrusting with the secret that her grandmother was a murderer.

This is Toko's story.

The Red Thread

Sofia Samatar

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue, June 2016. It is included in the collection Tender: Stories (2017).

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Red Dust

Yoss

On the intergalactic trading station William S. Burroughs, profit is king and aliens are the kingmakers. Earthlings have bowed to their superior power and weaponry, though the aliens - praying-mantis-like Grodos with pheromonal speech and gargantuan Collosaurs with a limited sense of humor - kindly allow them to do business through properly controlled channels.

That's where our hero comes in, name of Raymond. As part of the android police force, this positronic robot detective navigates both worlds, human and alien, keeping order and evaporating wrongdoers. But nothing in his centuries of experience prepares him for Makrow 34, a fugitive Cetian perp with psi powers. Meaning he can alter the shape of the Gaussian bell curve of statistical probability - making it rain indoors, say, or causing a would-be captor to shoot himself in the face. Raymond will need all his training - and all his careful study of Chandler's hardbitten cops - to outmaneuver his quarry.

Translated by David Frye

The Undiscovered

William Sanders

Sidewise Award winning and Hugo, Nebula and Sturgeon Award nominated short story.

Alternate history story of William Shakespeare. While drunk in Portsmouth after putting on a show, Shakespeare becomes a stowaway on the wrong boat back to London -- and instead winds up in America, where he is eventually captured by Native Americans. The story's narrator, a sixteenth-century Cherokee, tells how his tribe adopted an English colonist named Spear-Shaker, and describes the cultural clash which occurs when the white man tries to put on a play and the tribe does not understand what he is trying to do.

It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, March 1997. It can aslo be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection (1998), edited by Gardner Dozois, The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (2001), edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg and Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005), edited by Gardner Dozois. It is included in the collections Are We Having Fun Yet? American Indian Fantasy Stories (2002) and East of the Sun and West of Fort Smith (2008).

Red Planet Blues

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such "revelatory and thought-provoking"* novels as Triggers and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella "Identity Theft" and his Aurora Award-winning short story "Biding Time," and set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper...

Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers-lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he'll dig up...

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

John Scalzi

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn't be better... until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship's captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is... and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

Black Leather Required

David J. Schow

David J. Schow's short stories have been regularly selected for over twenty-five volumes of "Year's Best" anthologies across three decades and have won the World Fantasy Award, the ultra-rare Dimension Award from Twilight Zone magazine, plus a 2002 International Horror Guild Award for his collection of Fangoria columns, Wild Hairs. Black Leather Required collects thirteen of Schow's short stories and includes an intro by John Farris. The stories included in this collection are:

  • Introduction by John Farris
  • The Shaft
  • Sedalia
  • A Week in the Unlife
  • Scoop Makes a Swirly
  • Kamikaze Butterflies
  • Beggar's Banquet, with Summer Sausage
  • Pitt Night at the Lewistone Boneyard
  • Jerry's Kids Meet Wormboy
  • Life Partner
  • Last Call for the Sons of Shock
  • Where the Heart Was
  • Sand Sculpture
  • Bad Guy Hats

Red Light

David J. Schow

World Fantasy Award winning novelette. It originally appeared in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, December 1986. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Horror Stories: XV (1987), edited by Karl Edward Wagner, and Hot Blood: Tales of Provocative Horror (1989), edited by Jeff Gelb and Lonn Friend. It is included in the collections Seeing Red (1990) and Lost Angels (1991).

Brother Red

Adrian Selby

When the trade caravan Driwna Marghoster was hired to protect is attacked, she discovers a dead body hidden inside a barrel. Born of the powerful but elusive Oskoro people, the body is a rare and priceless find, the centre of a tragic tale and the key to a larger mystery...

For when Driwna investigates who the body was meant for, she will find a trail of deceit and corruption which could bring down a kingdom, and an evil more powerful than she can imagine.

Immortality Delivered

Robert Sheckley

Want to be immortal? You can be in AD 2110. Just go to the Hereafter Insurance Corporation and hook yourself up to the Machine. There's nothing to fear. That is, if it happens to be working right, and if nobody slips another mind into your body when you're not looking, and if you're not on a poltergeist hate-list...

First published in 1959 as a startling, revolutionary novel of the future--then pushed to new cinematic limits as the feature film adaptation Freejack in 1992--Robert Sheckley's unsettling vision of tomorrow is a trenchantly witty novel of a future where everything has improved except the bumbling human race, which just can't let itself enjoy a good thing when it finally gets it.

Thomas Blaine awoke in a white bed in a white room and heard someone say, "He's alive now." Then they asked him his name, age, and marital status. Yes, that seemed normal enough--but what was this talk about "death trauma"?

Thus was Thomas Blaine introduced to the year 2110, when science had discovered the technique of transferring a man's consciousness from one body to another, when a man's mind could be snatched from the past, as his body was at the point of death, and brought forward into a "host body" in this fantastic future world.

But that was only a small part of it, for the future had proved the reality of life after death and discovered worlds beyond or simultaneous with our own--worlds where, through scientific techniques, a man could live again, in another body, when he died here--and had in the process established the reality of ghosts, poltergeists, and zombies.

What did it all mean? How had this discovery of what they called the "hereafter" shaped the world of 2110?

Thomas Blaine found himself living in a future where the discoveries and techniques imagined by people of his time, though realized, were completely overwhelmed by discoveries no one had ever dreamed of.

Red

Ramsey Shehadeh

A young man grieving for his lost sister steps into the world of their favorite board game, in a desperate attempt to find her.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Red Piano

Delia Sherman

This short story originally appeared in the anthology Poe: 19 New Tales of Suspense, Dark Fantasy and Horror (2009), edited by Ellen Datlow, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, August 2016.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

First Person, Peculiar

T. L. Sherred

HOW FIRST CAN A PECULIAR PERSON GET?

Which in itself is a pretty odd question. But it is in fact typical of science fiction, a field of writing which examines the usual the better to extrapolate the unusual, which revels in oddity, in looking at things upside down, or backwards, or even forwards, which delights in the strange juxtaposition, the reversed field, the apparent contradiction--and which is, indeed, the genre where T. L. Sherred is certainly one of the first and most significant of writers (although not necessarily peculiar).

His work is rare and precious and it is therefore all the more pleasurable to be able to present this collection: FIRST PERSON, PECULIAR.

Table of Contents:

  • E for Effort - (1947)
  • Cure, Guaranteed - (1954)
  • Eye for Iniquity - (1953)
  • Cue for Quiet - (1953)

Bit-U-Men

Jared Shurin

This short story originally appeared in the anthology The Book of the Dead (2013), edited by Jared Shurin, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, November 2013.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Book of the Dead

Jared Shurin

The Book of the Dead addresses the most fascinating of all the undead: the mummy. The mummy can be a figure of imperial dignity or one of shambling terror, at home in pulp adventure, contemporary drama, or apocalyptic horror. The anthology will be published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK's oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture. This anthology includes nineteen original stories of revenge, romance, monsters and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles. The stories are illustrated by Garen Ewing, creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer and introduced by John J. Johnston, Vice Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Table of Contents:

  • Akhenaten Goes to Paris - (2013) - shortstory by Louis Greenberg
  • All is Dust - (2013) - shortstory by Den Patrick
  • Bit-U-Men - (2013) - shortstory by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Cerulean Memories - (2013) - shortstory by Maurice Broaddus
  • Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3) - (2013) - shortstory by Jonathan Green
  • Escape from the Mummy's Tomb - (2013) - shortstory by Jesse Bullington
  • Henry - (2013) - shortstory by Glen Mehn
  • Her Heartbeat, An Echo - (2013) - shortstory by Lou Morgan
  • Inner Goddess - (2013) - shortstory by Michael West
  • Introduction: "Some Words from an Egyptologist" - (2013) - essay by John J. Johnston
  • Mysterium Tremendum - (2013) - shortstory by Molly Tanzer
  • Old Souls - (2013) - shortstory by David Thomas Moore
  • Ramesses on the Frontier - (2013) - shortstory by Paul Cornell
  • The Book of the Dead - (2013) - interior artwork by Garen Ewing
  • The Cats of Beni Hasan - (2013) - shortstory by Jenni Hill
  • The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar - (2013) - shortstory by Gail Carriger
  • The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey - (2013) - shortstory by David Bryher
  • The Roof of the World - (2013) - shortstory by Sarah Newton
  • The Thing of Wrath - (2013) - shortstory by Roger Luckhurst
  • Three Memories of Death - (2013) - shortstory by Will Hill
  • Tollund - (2013) - shortstory by Adam Roberts

The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories

Jared Shurin
Mahvesh Murad

Shirley Jackson and Locus Award-nominated Anthology

A fascinating collection of new and classic tales of the fearsome Djinn, from bestselling, award-winning and breakthrough international writers.

Imagine a world filled with fierce, fiery beings, hiding in our shadows, in our dreams, under our skins. Eavesdropping and exploring; savaging our bodies, saving our souls. They are monsters, saviours, victims, childhood friends. Some have called them genies: these are the Djinn.

And they are everywhere. On street corners, behind the wheel of a taxi, in the chorus, between the pages of books. Every language has a word for them. Every culture knows their traditions. Every religion, every history has them hiding in their dark places.

There is no part of the world that does not know them. They are the Djinn. They are among us.

With stories from Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor, Amal El-Mohtar, Catherine Faris King, Claire North, E.J. Swift, Hermes (trans. Robin Moger), Jamal Majoub, James Smythe, J.Y. Yang, Kamila Shamsie, Kirsty Logan, K.J. Parker, Kuzhali Manickavel, Maria Dahvana Headley, Monica Byrne, Nada Adel Sobhi, Saad Hossein, Sami Shah, Sophia Al-Maria and Usman Malik.

Table of Contents:

  • Amal El-Mohtar - A Tale of Ash in Seven Birds
  • Catherine King - Queen of Sheba
  • Claire North - Hurrem and the Djinn
  • E.J. Swift - The Jinn Hunter's Apprentice
  • Helene Wecker - Majnun
  • Hermes (trans. Robin Moger) - The Djinn Falls in Love
  • Jamal Mahjoub - Duende 2077
  • James Smythe - The Sand in the Glass is Right
  • J.Y. Yang - Glass Lights
  • Kamila Shamsie - The Congregation
  • Kirsty Logan - The Spite House
  • K.J. Parker - Message in a Bottle
  • Kuzhali Manickavel - How We Remember You
  • Maria Dahvana Headley - Black Powder
  • Monica Byrne - Authenticity
  • Nada Adel Sobhi - Time is a Teacher
  • Neil Gaiman - Somewhere in America
  • Nnedi Okorafor - History
  • Saad Hossein - Bring Your Own Spoon
  • Sami Shah - REAP
  • Sophia Al-Maria - The Righteous Guide of Arabsat
  • Usman Malik - Emperors of Jinn

The Outcast Hours

Jared Shurin
Mahvesh Murad

The bold new anthology from the acclaimed editors of The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories.

We live our lives in the daylight. Our stories take place under the sun: bright, clear, unafraid.

This is not a book of those stories.

These are the stories of people who live at night; under neon and starlight, and never the light of day.

These are the stories of poets and police; writers and waiters; gamers and goddesses; tourists and traders; the hidden and the forbidden; the lonely and the lovers.

These are their lives. These are their stories. And this is their time:

The Outcast Hours.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin
  • "This Book Will Find You" by Sam Beckbessinger, Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen
  • "It Was a Different Time" by Will Hill
  • "Ambulance Service" by Sami Shah
  • "Blind Eye" by Frances Hardinge
  • "Sleep Walker" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • "Bag Man" by Lavie Tidhar
  • "Gatsby" by Maha Khan Phillips
  • "Swipe Left" by Daniel Polansky
  • "MiDNIghT MaRAuDERS" by M. Suddain
  • "Everyone Knows That They're Dead. Do You? Genevieve Valentine
  • "The Collector" by Sally Partridge
  • "The Patron Saint of Night Puppers" by Indrapramit Das
  • "Tilt" by Karen Onojaife
  • "In the Blink of a Light" by Amira Salah-Ahmed
  • "The Dental Gig" by S. L. Grey
  • "One Gram" by Leah Moore
  • "This Place of Thorns" by Marina Warner
  • "Not Just Ivy" by Celeste Baker
  • "Dark Matters" by Cecilia Ekbäck
  • "Above the Light" by Jesse Bullington
  • "Welcome to the Haunted House" by Yukimi Ogawa
  • "Rain" by Streaming" by Omar Robert Hamilton
  • "Lock-In" by William Boyle
  • "The Night Mountain" by Jeffrey Alan Love
  • "A Partial Beginner's Guide to The Lucy Temerlin Home for Broken Shapeshifters" by Kuzhali Manickavel
  • And also including 9 microstories by China Miéville

On K2 with Kanakaredes

Dan Simmons

A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company.

This novelette originally appereared in the anthology Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001), edited by Al Sarrantonio. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2002), edtied by Gardner Dozois, and Science Fiction: The Best of 2001, edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber. The story is included in the collection Worlds Enough and Time (2002).

The Hundred Loves of Juliet

Evelyn Skye

I may go by Sebastien now, but my name was originally Romeo. And hers was Juliet.

It's a frosty fairytale of an evening when Helene and Sebastien meet for the first time. Except it isn't the first time. You already know that story, though it didn't happen quite as Shakespeare told it.

To Helene, Sebastien is the flesh-and-blood hero of the love stories she's spent her life writing. But Sebastien knows better - Helene is his Juliet, and their story has always been the same. He is doomed to find brief happiness with her over and over, before she dies, and he is left to mourn.

Albrecht and Brigitta. Matteo and Amélie. Jack and Rachel. Marius and Cosmina. By any name, no matter where and when in time, the two of them are drawn together, and it always ends in tragedy.

This time, Helene is determined that things will be different. But can these star-cross'd lovers forge a new ending to the greatest love story of all time?

Red World of Polaris: The Adventures of Captain Volmar

Clark Ashton Smith

Table of Contents:

  • Red World of Polaris: The Adventures of Captain Volmar - interior artwork by Jason Van Hollander
  • 1 - The Magellan of the Constellations - essay by Ronald S. Hilger and Scott Connors
  • 11 - Marooned in Andromeda - [Captain Volmar - 1] - (1930) - novelette
  • 39 - A Captivity in Serpens - [Captain Volmar - 2] - (1931) - novelette
  • 79 - The Red World of Polaris - [Captain Volmar] - novelette
  • 109 - The Ocean-World of Alioth - [Captain Volmar] - (1984) - short story
  • 113 - Captain Volmar and Crew: An Afterword - essay by Donald Sidney-Fryer

Bright Red Star

Bud Sparhawk

This short story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2005. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 11 (2006), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

Listen to the full story for free at Escapepod.

Mothered

Zoje Stage

A claustrophobic psychological thriller about one woman's nightmarish spiral while quarantined with her mother.

Grace isn't exactly thrilled when her newly widowed mother, Jackie, asks to move in with her. They've never had a great relationship, and Grace likes her space--especially now that she's stuck at home during a pandemic. Then again, she needs help with the mortgage after losing her job. And maybe it'll be a chance for them to bond--or at least give each other a hand.

But living with Mother isn't for everyone. Good intentions turn bad soon after Jackie moves in. Old wounds fester; new ones open. Grace starts having nightmares about her disabled twin sister, who died when they were kids. And Jackie discovers that Grace secretly catfishes people online--a hobby Jackie thinks is unforgivable.

When Jackie makes an earth-shattering accusation against her, Grace sees it as an act of revenge, and it sends her spiraling into a sleep-deprived madness. As the walls close in, the ghosts of Grace's past collide with a new but familiar threat: Mom.

Sacred Cow

Bruce Sterling

This short story originally appeared Omni, January 1993. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection (1994), edited by Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection A Good Old-Fashioned Future (1999).

Redshift Rendezvous

John E. Stith

Aboard the hyperspace liner Redshift, the first sign of trouble is the apparent suicide of a passenger. When first officer Jason Kraft discovers that she was murdered, Kraft wants to know why. Before long, a desperate group of people tries to use the hyperspace craft for their evil purposes, and Kraft is the only person in their way.

From the PASSENGER GUIDE. WARNING: Read This Guide Before Boarding the Redshift.

The environment aboard a hyperspace craft is quite safe as long as you are careful. The management reminds you that the speed of light on board this craft is ten meters per second, or about 30 million times slower than what you are used to. This means you will frequently encounter relativistic effects and optical illusions...

The Inside Out Man

Fred Strydom

Brilliant jazz pianist Bent lives from gig to gig in a city of dead ends. He is plagued by fragmented visions of the past, and has resigned himself to a life of quiet desolation. That is, until the night he meets wealthy and eccentric jazz fan Leonard Fry.

In the days that follow, Leonard makes Bent a devilish deal, proposing a bizarre experiment in which Bent will play a vital part.

The deal provides an opportunity for Bent to start afresh, to question everything he knows, and for the two men to move beyond the one terrifying frontier from which neither of them can be sure they'll ever return: the borders of their own sanity.

Fred Strydom's novel The Inside-Out Man is a jazzy and surreal mind-bender of a book.

The Raft

Fred Strydom

"The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event... and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero."

On Day Zero, the collapse of civilization was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. A mysterious and oppressive movement rose to power in the aftermath, forcing people into isolated communes run like regimes. Kayle Jenner finds himself trapped on a remote beach, and all that remains of his life before is the vague and haunting vision of his son...

Kayle finally escapes, only to find a broken world being put back together in strange ways. As more memories from his past life begin returning, the people he meets wandering the face of a scorched earth -- some reluctant allies, others dangerous enemies -- begin to paint a terrifying picture. In his relentless search for his son, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero -- a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.

The Shattered Horse

S. P. Somtow

Firmly rooted in modern archaeological discoveries about Bronze Age cultures, The Shattered Horse paints a vivid picture of a decaying golden age seen through the eyes of the survivors of Trojan War. At the center of the story is Prince Astyanax: heir to the Trojan kingdom, marked for death as a child by the Greek conquerors, escaping, perhaps by divine intervention, and doomed, perhaps, to repeat history.

Terminal Boredom: Stories

Izumi Suzuki

The first English language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon

In a future where men are contained in ghettoized isolation, women enjoy the fruits of a queer matriarchal utopia - until a boy escapes and a young woman's perception of the world is violently interrupted.

The last family in a desolate city struggles to approximate 20th century life on Earth, lifting what notions they can from 1960s popular culture. But beneath these badly learned behaviors lies an atavistic appetite for destruction.

Two new friends enjoy drinks on a holiday resort planet where all is not as it seems, and the air itself seems to carry a treacherously potent nostalgia. Back on Earth, Emma's not certain if her emotionally abusive, green-haired boyfriend is in fact an intergalactic alien spy, or if she's been hitting the bottle and baggies too hard.

In turns nonchalantly hip and charmingly deranged, Suzuki's singular slant on speculative fiction would be echoed in countless later works, from Margaret Atwood and Harumi Murakami, to Black Mirror and Ex Machina. In these darkly playful and punky stories, the fantastical elements are always earthed by the universal pettiness of strife between the sexes, and the gritty reality of life on the lower rungs, whatever planet that ladder might be on.

Translated by Polly Barton, Sam Bett, David Boyd, Daniel Joseph, Aiko Masubuchi, and Helen O'Horan.

Table of Contents:

  • Women and Women
  • You May Dream
  • Night Picnic
  • The Old Seaside Club
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  • Forgotten
  • Terminal Boredom

The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window

Rachel Swirsky

Hugo-nominated and Nebula-winning Novella

This award-winning fantasy novella explores the conjunction of invocation, deep time, and culture shock. It was originally published in Subterranean Magazine, in the summer of 2010, and subsequently republished in Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011 and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 5.

Naeva - the Lady of the story's title - is a sorceress in a matriarchy. After being fatally injured, she is persuaded to allow her spirit to be bound, so that she can be summoned and thus continue to advise her queen. However, after the queen has herself died, Naeva continues to be summoned... first by the queen's successor, and then by people from civilizations millenia later.

Read this story online for free at Subterranean Press.

Battle Royale: Remastered

Koushun Takami

Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller envisions a nightmare scenario: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan--where it became a runaway best seller--Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world.

Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available in a new English-language translation.

Red Planet: A Novel

Peter Telep

In the 21st century, in light of recent terraforming efforts, a team of astronauts is dispatched to Mars to determine whether it is capable of sustaining human life. But when the mission commander orders the crew to evacuate the damaged ship, it becomes a fight for survival on the planet's surface. And if the commander leaves the crew to their fate, all of humanity will suffer the consequences....

The Promise of a Battered Moon

Jack Teng

A planet-killer asteroid is hurtling to Earth and everyone is freaking out. But not Manon Fontaine. She knows what the asteroid really is and it's hers. Once she controls it, she'll revive the world's post-war economy and also her mother's mining company. But first, she needs to navigate family betrayals and kidnapping attempts before she can finally determine her own fate.

Meanwhile, Ann Wilson, an augmented Union super-soldier, has been having problems (beyond the mental strains of indiscriminate killing): her last targets were blown up with fractional deuterium devices, and made things very messy. Ann hates messes. What she hates more is a commanding officer who jerks her around and then sends her, of all places, to Luna City. Little does she know she's conducting illegal missions to gain control of the asteroid.

In the middle of it all, is Eric Lin, a Union-born-Chinese thruster mechanic. Because of the war with the PPA, he's been ostracized and forced off-planet to Luna City and the orbital colonies. All he wants is to be accepted and left in peace. This apparently is too much to ask, as both the Union and the PPA send soldiers to drag him away for the-hell-knows what. The reason is in fact that he holds the key to controlling the asteroid.

Amidst traitorous double-agents and assassinations, Manon, Ann and Eric's paths collide, leaving a wake of destroyed orbital stations and rampaging mobs, ultimately leading them into a confrontation on the moon.

Idylls of the King

Lord Alfred Tennyson

A cycle of twelve narrative poems published between 1859 and 1885. This work has been published many times with varying tables of content.

Tennyson had a life-long interest in the legend of King Arthur and after the huge success of his poem 'Morte d'Arthur' he built on the theme with this series of twelve poems, written in two periods of intense creativity over nearly twenty years. Idylls of the King traces the story of Arthur's rule, from his first encounter with Guinevere and the quest for the Holy Grail to the adultery of his Queen with Launcelot and the King's death in a final battle that spells the ruin of his kingdom. Told with lyrical and dreamlike eloquence, Tennyson's depiction of the Round Table reflects a longing for a past age of valour and chivalry. And in his depiction of King Arthur he created a hero imbued with the values of the Victorian age - one who embodies the highest ideals of manhood and kingship.

How To Be Remembered

Michael Thompson

On an ordinary night in an ordinary year, Tommy Llewellyn's doting parents wake in a home without toys and diapers, without photos of their baby scattered about, and without any idea that the small child asleep in his crib is theirs.

That's because Tommy is a boy destined to never be remembered.

On the same day every year, everyone around him forgets he exists, and he grows up enduring his own universal Reset. That is until something extraordinary happens: Tommy Llewellyn falls in love.

Determined to finally carve out a life for himself and land the girl of his dreams, Tommy sets out on a mission to finally trick the Reset and be remembered. But legacies aren't so easily won, and Tommy must figure out what's more important?the things we leave behind or the people we bring along with us.

Redspace Rising

Brian Trent

Harris Alexander Pope is the man who ended the Partisan War on Mars. All he seeks now is solitude and a return to the life that was stolen from him. Yet when he learns that the worst war criminals are hiding in other bodies, he is forced into an interplanetary pursuit.

Teaming up with other survivors eager for their own brand of vengeance, Harris begins to suspect a darker truth:

Maybe what he remembers about the war isn't what happened at all...

Asian Ghost Short Stories

Uncredited

A new collection of stories from submissions and classic literature offering the best and most incredible ghost stories from East, South and Southeast Asia, combining new and classic authors across the region.

Another deluxe edition of new writing and neglected perspectives. Asian ghosts and supernatural beings -- from India to Sri Lanka, China to Korea, Japan to the Philippines -- can be both terrifying and comforting. Underpinned by strong cultural beliefs in the cycles of life and ancestor worship, the nature of Asian spirits differs from that of their counterparts in other areas of the world. The possibility is more instinctually accepted that ghosts remain with us, as part of the world, whether we can see them or not.

Featured here are all kinds of stories from across East, South and Southeast Asia: classic weird tales by the likes of Pu Songling, Rabindranath Tagore, S Mukerji, Im Bang and Yi Ruk, Lafcadio Hearn and Yei Theodora Ozaki, are complemented by stories by Asian writers of today. An egui (the Chinese version of a 'hungry ghost') is exorcised, a vicious jiangshi (Chinese zombie-like revenant) is encountered in the night, a Bengali shakchunni (the ghost of an unsatisfied bride) poignantly seeks love with devastating effect, a family is haunted by vengeful Korean gwishin, and the iconic Japanese tragedies of Oiwa and O-Kiku are revisited.

Carniepunk

Uncredited

Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy's biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world....

RACHEL CAINE's vampires aren't child's play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in "The Cold Girl."

With "Parlor Tricks," JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns.

SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in "Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea."

KEVIN HEARNE's Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in "The Demon Barker of Wheat Street" that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out.

With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in "Painted Love."

Contents:

  • 1 - Painted Love - shortfiction by Rob Thurman
  • 25 - The Three Lives of Lydia - [Blud] - shortfiction by Delilah S. Dawson
  • 57 - The Demon Barker of Wheat Street - [The Iron Druid Chronicles - 4.6] - shortfiction by Kevin Hearne
  • 87 - The Sweeter the Juice - shortfiction by Mark Henry
  • 121 - The Werewife - shortfiction by Jaye Wells
  • 153 - The Cold Girl - shortfiction by Rachel Caine
  • 189 - A Duet With Darkness - [Abby Sinclair] - shortfiction by Allison Pang
  • 219 - Recession of the Divine - shortfiction by Hillary Jacques
  • 249 - Parlor Tricks - [Elemental Assassin - 8.5] - shortfiction by Jennifer Estep
  • 279 - Freak House - shortfiction by Kelly Meding
  • 309 - The Inside Man - [Jane True] - shortfiction by Nicole Peeler
  • 343 - A Chance in Hell - [Hell on Earth] - shortfiction by Jackie Kessler
  • 375 - Hell's Menagerie - [Charlie Madigan] - shortfiction by Kelly Gay
  • 407 - Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea - shortfiction by Seanan McGuire
  • 435 - About the Authors (Carniepunk) - essay by uncredited

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Uncredited

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

Three short lines, fired over social media in response to questions of why Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United States Senate on February 7th, 2017, for daring to read aloud the words of Coretta Scott King. As this message was transmitted across the globe, it has become a galvanizing cry for people of all genders in recognition of the struggles that women have faced throughout history. It also serves as a reminder of the cyberpunk nature of our everyday lives, as technology can weave our hearts and minds in unity toward a greater cause.

And, as many have pointed out, these three lines read as if they are the opening passage to an epic and ageless tale.

March 8th is International Women's Day, which the United Nations describes as "when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political." More than celebratory, International Women's Day is aspirational, striving toward a more gender-inclusive world. Speculative fiction has had an impact in fostering this egalitarian dream through creative expression and critique. After all, science fiction in particular was born with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, written in the "Year without a Summer" while tumultuous storms raged over Lake Geneva. This dream was the utopia penned by Muslim feminist Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain in her 1905 story "Sultana's Dream", and the same year Charlotte Perkins Gilman published Herland in Forerunner magazine. In the decades since, women have provided some of the most crucial and insightful voices in our community.

International Women's Day is also inspirational. In collaboration with colleagues Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Lee Harris, Liz Gorinsky, Marco Palmieri, and Miriam Weinberg, we have assembled this flash fiction collection featuring several of the best writers in SF/F today. Together these authors share unique visions of women inventing, playing, loving, surviving, and -- of course -- dreaming of themselves beyond their circumstances.

Table of Contents:


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Three for Tomorrow

Uncredited

The American edition of this anthology is uncredited. In the UK it Arthur C. Clarke is credited with editing it. Some sources state the actual editing was done by Robert Silverberg.

Table of Contents:

  • Editor's Introduction - (1969) - essay by uncredited
  • Foreword (1969) - essay by Arthur C. Clarke
  • How it Was When the Past Went Away - (1969) - novella by Robert Silverberg
  • The Eve of RUMOKO - (1969) - novella by Roger Zelazny
  • We All Die Naked - (1969) - novelette by James Blish

Willful Weapon

Fred Van Lente

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, May 2014.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Away and Beyond

A. E. Van Vogt

Contains:

  • Vault of the Beast
  • The Great Engine
  • The Great Judge
  • Secret Unattainable
  • The Harmonizer
  • Heir Unapparent
  • The Second Solution
  • Film Library
  • Asylum

Computerworld

A. E. Van Vogt

Computerworld. 1984 was projected by Orwell to be the year of Big Brother and the time of Newspeak. But 1984 is at hand and Big Brother has assumed a different and more real form. Newspeak has been replaced by the new language of the programmers and computer microchips, and the prospects of the years to come now have a more sharply defined and less human form. van Vogt, master of the innovative science fiction, has brought this vision of the days to come into focus with his new novel, the story of our world under the cold and emotionless eye of the almighty computers in conflict with the efforts of just flesh-and-blood people to achieve some way of asserting free will beyond the scope of mechanical programming.

Co-Operate - Or Else!

A. E. Van Vogt

This novelette originally appeared in Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1942. It can also be found in the anthologies The Outer Reaches: Favorite Science-Fiction Tales Chosen by Their Authors (1951), edited by August Derleth, Decade the 1940s (1975), edited by Brian W. Aldiss and Harry Harrison, and The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 4, 1942 (1980), edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Isaac Asimov. The story is included in the collections Futures Past: The Best Short Fiction of A. E. van Vogt (1999) and Transgalactic (2006). It was incorporated in the fix-up novel The War Against the Rull (1959).

Destination: Universe!

A. E. Van Vogt

Contents:

  • vii - Introduction (Destination: Universe!) - essay
  • 3 - Far Centaurus - (1944) - short story
  • 39 - The Monster - (1948) - short story (variant of Resurrection)
  • 69 - Dormant - (1948) - short story
  • 99 - Enchanted Village - (1950) - short story
  • 125 - A Can of Paint - (1944) - short story
  • 151 - Defense - (1947) - short story
  • 155 - The Rulers - (1944) - short story
  • 189 - Dear Pen Pal - (1949) - short story
  • 201 - The Sound - [Rull] - (1949) - novelette
  • 243 - The Search - (1943) - novelette

Earth's Last Fortress and The Three Eyes of Evil

A. E. Van Vogt

Contains:

  • Earth's Last Fortress
  • The Three Eyes of Evil

Future Glitter

A. E. Van Vogt

Dictator Lilgin held the entire Earth firmly under his thumb. Government-controlled science ruled: a superb communications network constantly monitored the population, and anyone who dared to question the regime or Lilgin's supremacy was instantly and tidily eradicated.

But the regime had reckoned without Professor Dun Higenroth. Higenroth had developed a radically new communications system that took no account of distance, that operated in the mind of its creator, without the need for equipment of any kind-and he intended to use it to expose Lilgin's every move to the entire world. Lilgin had to learn the secret of that system if he was to remain in power. And so the subtle and deadly process of extracting the information from Higenroth's mind began. But the full resources of the world government were to prove useless - FOR HIGENROTH HAD HIDDEN THE SECRET IN THE GENES OF A CHILD NOT YET BORN!

Also published as Tyrannopolis

Masters of Time

A. E. Van Vogt

Contents:

  • Masters of Time - interior artwork by Edd Cartier
  • 11 - Masters of Time - (1942) - novella by A. E. van Vogt
  • 129 - The Changeling - [Pendrake] - (1944) - novella by A. E. van Vogt

More Than Superhuman

A. E. Van Vogt

Table of Contents:

  • Humans, Go Home! - (1969) - novella
  • The Reflected Men - (1971) - novelette
  • All the Loving Androids - (1971) - novelette
  • Laugh, Clone, Laugh - (1969) - shortstory with Forrest J. Ackerman
  • Research Alpha - (1965) - novella with James H. Schmitz
  • Him - (1969) - shortstory

Pendulum

A. E. Van Vogt

Pendulum collects six previously unpublished short works by A.E. van Vogt, along with a non-fiction essay detailing his thoughts at witnessing the launch of Apollo Seventeen and one story from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction that he wrote in collaboration with Harlan Ellison.

Contents:

  • 7 - Pendulum
  • 38 - The Male Condition
  • 51 - Living with Jane
  • 82 - The First Rull
  • 102 - Footprint Farm
  • 114 - The Non-Aristotelian Detective
  • 123 - The Human Operators
  • 142 - The Launch of Apollo XVII

Planets for Sale

A. E. Van Vogt
E. Mayne Hull

Planets for sale!

They said that Artur Blord was ruthless, a heartless manipulator whose blind lust for power would ruin the Ridge Stars.

They said he had to be eliminated because he was too much of a threat to their secret.

But just who were they, the accusers of Artur Bloyd?

And what was the secret which Artur Bloyd threatened?

Beyond the answers to these two questions lay a tortured path along which Artur Bloyd compelled himself to travel. Menaced by a terrifying array of lethal forces, Blord risked his life against alien aggressors as well as more human adversaries.

Never knowing at what moment death might overtake him, he fought to fulfill a dream; that he might one day claim the title that riches couldn't buy: Master of the Ridge Stars!

Quest for the Future

A. E. Van Vogt

Worlds of differing probabilities and the constant search for immortality are the twin themes of this mind-toppling story. Expanding the enigmas of time, van Vogt carries the reader to the furthermost edges of past and future and outwards to a place where time loses all meaning.

Renaissance

A. E. Van Vogt

It is a world of the future where women are the dominant sex and men wear chemically treated glasses to keep them in line. But Dr. Peter Grayson has accidentally discovered the key to his chains - an unnoticeable crack in his rose-colored glasses that liberates him from the tyranny of women.

Suddenly, Grayson is virile, he is powerful, women notice him, want him - he is alive!

But, unknown to him, his liberation is being monitored - by dangerous underground revolutionaries who want his powers to help overthrow the extra-planetary masters of the world, the Utt!

Research Alpha

A. E. Van Vogt
James H. Schmitz

Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in If, July 1965. It is included in the Van Vogt collection More Than Superhuman (1971).

Rogue Ship

A. E. Van Vogt

Centaurus is the destination of the space ship, The Hope of Man. It has been traveling through space for almost twenty years, and still has nine years of flight remaining before Centaurus will be reached. For many on board the craft, Earth has become a vague memory, while for others it is a mere dot in the vast starry reaches of space. Restlessness is evident everywhere; the people want to return to a place they know is inhabited - not continue to an unknown where life is uncertain. Mutiny seems inevitable. Captain Lesbee (the ship's main officer) knows that mutiny breeds mutiny, but what is more significant is his knowledge of Earth's possible obliteration. The one hope is Centaurus. Now more than ever, there can be no turning back. Order has to be maintained even at the price of human life.

After reaching Centaurus and finding it unsuitable to live on, The Hope of Man heads towards the next destination, the Alta system; because the ship at this time is unable to attain light speed it takes decades to travel there. Upon arriving in the system, after mutiny and treachery, The Hope of Man is now captained by Browne, a descendant of the ship's original First Officer. The Hope of Man starts to orbit Alta III in search of a new planet to settle on, but again they find it already inhabited and come under attack from the occupants. During this time we see a struggle for power by various groups. Control changes quickly from one character to another until the arrival of the ship's owner, Avil Hewitt. The novel concludes with Hewitt in charge and the ship finding many planets to inhabit.

Created and adapted from 3 short stories to form a novel. The 3 short stores used were:

  • Centaurus II 1947
  • Rogue Ship 1950
  • The Expendables 1963

Van Vogt's was first to coin the term fixup for this approach.

Slan

A. E. Van Vogt

In the 1940s, the Golden Age of science fiction flowered in the magazine Astounding. Editor John W. Campbell, Jr., discovered and promoted great new writers such as Isaac Asimov in New York, Robert A. Heinlein in California, and A.E. van Vogt in Canada, whose novel Slan was one of the basic works of the era. Throughout the forties and into the fifties Slan was considered the single most important SF novel, the one great book that everyone had to read. Many SF fans rallied to the cry, "Fans are slans."

Today it remains a monument to pulp SF adventure, filled with constant action and a cornucopia of ideas. And maybe fans really are slans. Read it and see for yourself.

The Anarchistic Colossus

A. E. Van Vogt

The Anarchistic Colossus... takes place in a future Earth where anarchy has become a way of life - it is, however, a very special branch of anarchy, one that is controlled by the mysterious Kirlian computers... and one that must deal with a race of aliens who look upon the conquest of Earth as part of a very entertaining game...

The Battle of Forever

A. E. Van Vogt

For thousands of years, mankind had survived in leisure behind the barrier. In miniature form, men had evolved a physiology and a philosophy of peace and contemplation. Modyun was to be the first to enlarge his body to the massive proportions of ancient times and then to go out to explore the world where animal-men had established their realms. His quest was to lead him to a darkness he had never expected and an uncertain future with which humanity might not be able to cope.

The Book of van Vogt

A. E. Van Vogt

Contents:

  • [1] - A Statement to Science Fiction Readers - essay by Donald A. Wollheim
  • [2] - The Book of van Vogt (frontispiece) - interior artwork by Jack Gaughan
  • 7 - The Timed Clock - (1972) - short story
  • 21 - The Confession - (1972) - short story
  • 37 - The Rat and the Snake - (1971) - short story
  • 41 - The Barbarian - [Clane] - (1947) - novelette
  • 79 - Ersatz Eternal - (1972) - short story
  • 85 - The Sound of Wild Laughter - (1972) - novelette
  • 137 - Lost: Fifty Suns - [Mixed Men] - (1952) - novella

The Far-Out Worlds of A.E. Van Vogt

A. E. Van Vogt

Contents:

  • The Replicators - (1965)
  • The First Martian - (1951)
  • The Purpose - (1945)
  • The Earth Killers - (1949)
  • The Cataaaaa - (1947)
  • Automaton - (1950)
  • Itself! - (1963)
  • Process - (1950)
  • Not the First - (1941)
  • Fulfillment - (1951)
  • Ship of Darkness - (1948)
  • The Ultra Man - (1966)

The Gryb

A. E. Van Vogt

Contains:

  • The Gryb
  • Humans, Go Home!
  • The Problem Professor
  • The Invisibility Gambit
  • Rebirth: Earth
  • The Star-Saint

The Man with a Thousand Names

A. E. Van Vogt

Although 30 light years distant, Mittend was Earth's nearest habitable planet. So the bored young heir, Steven Masters, contrived to join the first manned expedition just for a bit of excitment.......When he found himself suddenly back on Earth in another man's body, it was more than he had expected. What then followed was a veritable kaleidoscope of events that was to involve him in multiple personalities, in more expeditions to Mittend, and the affairs of the entity called Mother for whom Mittend itself was just a means to an end----and Steven Masters the handy next step in a galactic program.

The Mixed Men

A. E. Van Vogt

The colonies of Fifty Suns, hidden for eons in an ocean of stars, are finally traced by the warship, Star Cluster, of Imperial Earth. Torn By rebellion, Fifty Suns must crush the titanic Earth forces or submit to the domination of the Great Galactic Union. It falls to one man, Peter Maltby, brilliant leader of the feared Mixed Men, to unite the warring factions of his galaxy and guide them to victory.

But first he must resolve his own crossed loyalties. For Captain Maltby of Fifty Suns is also the passionate lover of Lady Laurr, Grand Commander of the Star Cluster, warrior of Imperial Earth...

also published as Mission to the Stars

The Proxy Intelligence and Other Mind Benders

A. E. Van Vogt

Contains:

  • The Proxy Intelligence
  • The Problem Professor
  • Rebirth: Earth
  • The Gryb
  • The Invisibility Gambit
  • The Star-Saint

The Silkie

A. E. Van Vogt

Taking its inspiration from the Celtic legend of the Selkie the novel describes a race of apparent humans with the ability to change into other forms. One, like the Selkie of legend, can live underwater. Another can survive and travel unprotected in outer space. In all three forms the Silkies can wield mental powers over energy to some degree.

After a prologue which purports to explain the origin of the Silkies as an experiment in genetic manipulation, the action moves forward over a hundred years to a future in which the Silkies are numerous and live on Earth. Humanity has assimilated them by means of the Special People, who can establish telepathic rapport with the Silkies. All Silkies are male, and most are married to women of the Special People. They are employed as police in space, and most are comfortable with that role. One dedicated Silkie, Nat Cemp, encounters three different alien races, and with each encounter he gains more powers and learns more about the true nature of the Silkies, and of the Universe.

The Voyage of the Space Beagle

A. E. Van Vogt

An all-time classic space saga, The Voyage of the Space Beagle is one of the pinnacles of Golden Age SF, an influence on generations of stories. An episodic novel filled with surprises and provocative ideas, this is the story of a great exploration ship sent out into the unknown reaches of space on a long mission of discovery. They encounter several terrifying alien species, including the Ix, who lay their eggs in human bodies, which then devour the humans from within when they hatch. This is one of the most entertaining and gripping stories in all of classic SF.

The War Against the Rull

A. E. Van Vogt

"Man has conquered space and spread throughout the galaxy. Many civilizations of widely varied life forms on several thousand planets are joined in a vast confederation whose existence is threatened by one paranoid race--the Rull. A form so alien that it may have come from some other galaxy, the Rull are man's equal in intelligence and they have a technology which may be superior. Their space-ship fleets have captured several hundred planets, and the final Armageddon which will decide man's fate and that of his galaxy is imminent.

"Scientist Trevor Jamieson, an advance scout in this war of the worlds, ranges the Milky Way as he tries to formulate a last-ditch plan of defense. Of necessity, he plays a lone hand. The Rulls can change their outward appearance at will, and anyone--even his closest friends and colleagues--may be Rull spies. Jamieson fights preliminary skirmishes on several planets thousands of light-years from home.

"At the end he meets the Rull commander in a man-to-Rull duel in which no holds are barred and the weapons used are the most sophisticated instruments of warfare that man and Rull (and Van Vogt) have yet devised."

This novel is based on stories which originally appeared in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine under the following titles:

  • "Repetition", 1940
  • "Cooperate or Else", 1942
  • "The Second Solution", 1942
  • "The Rull", 1948
  • "The Sound", 1950"

The Winged Man

E. Mayne Hull
A. E. Van Vogt

Expanded from a story published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1944.

IT WASN'T A BIRD - BUT IT COULDN'T BE A MAN! Lt. William Kenlon had watched the incredible creature circling the submarine Sea Serpent in the darkness of the night, and he could barely believe what he saw.The giant winged monster was human-and it was intent on some purpose that involved the sub and its crew. Then the creature landed-and suddenly, impossibly, the Sea Serpent was in another world. A world of the far future; where the land was uninhabitable and humanity as Kenlon knew it had died out. A world in which the strange bird-men of the air warred with the even stranger denizens of the sea for domination. And in that bizarre battle for survival, the men from the 20th century were the vital factor!

Transfinite: The Essential A. E. van Vogt

A. E. Van Vogt

Table of Contents:

  • The Man in the Labyrinth - essay by Joe Rico
  • Alfred E. van Vogt - essay by Hal Clement
  • Black Destroyer - (1939) - novelette
  • The Monster - (1948) - short story
  • Film Library - (1946) - novelette
  • Enchanted Village - (1950) - short story
  • Asylum - (1942) - novella
  • Vault of the Beast - (1940) - novelette
  • The Ghost - (1942) - novelette
  • The Rull - [Rull] - (1948) - novelette
  • Recruiting Station - (1942) - novella
  • A Can of Paint - (1944) - short story
  • The Search - (1943) - novelette
  • Dear Pen Pal - (1949) - short story
  • The Harmonizer - (1944) - short story
  • The Great Judge - (1948) - short story
  • Far Centaurus - (1944) - short story
  • Secret Unattainable - (1942) - novella
  • Future Perfect - (1973) - short story
  • The Great Engine - (1943) - novelette
  • Dormant - (1948) - short story
  • The Sound - (1949) - novelette
  • The Rulers - (1944) - short story
  • Final Command - (1949) - short story
  • War of Nerves - (1950) - novelette
  • Don't Hold Your Breath - (1973) - short story
  • Discord in Scarlet - (1939) - novelette
  • Afterword - essay by Rick Katze

The Book of Mordred

Vivian Vande Velde

Dark forces are taking hold in the kingdom of Camelot: King Arthur struggles to keep his knights in line as they steadily divide themselves into factions; the great Merlin has vanished at the hands of his lover and pupil, Nimue; wizards all over the countryside battle for whatever measures of power they can find. At the center of the maelstrom stands Keira, an innocent girl who possesses the ability to foretell the fate of her world. When Keira is kidnapped from her village home, her mother, Alayna, flees to Camelot and finds Mordred, an enigmatic knight who will ultimately become Keira's greatest champion, Alayna's greatest love, and King Arthur's greatest enemy.

Red Wolf

Rachel Vincent

For as long as sixteen-year-old Adele can remember, the village of Oakvale has been surrounded by the dark wood--a forest filled with terrible monsters. A forest that light itself cannot penetrate.

Unlike her fellow villagers, Adele cannot avoid the dark wood.

Adele is one of a long line of guardians: women who secretly take on the form of a wolf, in order to protect their village.

But when accepting her fate means giving up the boy she loves, abandoning the future she imagined for herself, and breaking her own moral code, she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her neighbors safe.

A Burden Shared

Jo Walton

What we do for one another is a mystery.

This story is included in the collection Starlings (2018).

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight

Xia Jia

Short story translated by Ken Lui. This story can be found in the anthologies The Apex Book of World SF 3 (2013), edited by Lavie Tidhar and The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2013 Edition edited by Rich Horton, Invisible Planets (2016), edited by Ken Liu, and More Human Than Human: Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity (2017), edited by Neil Clarke.

Read the full story for free at Clarkesworld.

The Rainbow Gate

Freda Warrington

Which of the worlds was real? And where were the boundaries? As a child, Helen and her friend Rianna had wandered freely through Charnwood Forest into an enchanted otherworld of brightly-coloured creatures and strangely beautiful, charismatic people. Then Rianna moved away and the enchantment vanished. Now, 15 years later, she has returned suddenly, secretive and haunted. And soon Helen finds herself drawn back across those half-forgotten, ever-shifting boundaries between reality and fable. Drawn back into the twin lands of Tevera: the sun-bright, singing lands of the Chalcenians and the chill, sad underworld of the Domendrans.

Very different but connected worlds, their pull is growing stronger. An age-old conflict between the realms of light and darkness is breaking through into Helen's everyday world, dragging in her loved ones too. Wonder gives way to bewilderment and fright. As they come to understand the enigmatic people of Tevera, they realise that they must play their part in the conflict that will save or destroy our own world.

The Red City

Janeen Webb

This novelette originally appeared in the anthology Synergy SF: New Science Fiction (2004), edited by George Zebrowski. It can also be found in the anthology Year's Best SF 10 (2005), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. The story is inclued in the collection Death at the Blue Elephant (2016).

Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand

Fran Wilde

This Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated short story originally appeared in Uncanny Magazine, September-October 2017. It later appeared in the anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2019, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Read the full story for free at Uncanny.

Red Elvis

Walter Jon Williams

This novelette originally appeared in the anthology Alternate Outlaws (1994), edited by Mike Resnick. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twelth Annual Collection (1995), edited by Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection Frankensteins and Foreign Devils (1998).

The Red Planet

R. R. Winterbotham

When the spaceship Jehad blasted off for Mars, millions of miles from Earth, four men and one woman placed themselves under the rule of Dr. Lewis Spartan, sadistic, power-mad leader of the expedition. Only after they were well, on their way did they learn that Spartan planned to return to Earth alone!

By the time the ship reached Mars, jealous rivalry over the love of Gail Loring had turned the Jehad into a crucible of tension and strife. But their internal struggles were nothing compared to the threat of the grotesque Martians who used electrical energy as a weapon of war.

Suddenly, the Earthmen had to unite to stave off a massed Martian attack -- a fight which, if lost, meant isolation and death on Mars and, if won, meant bucking Spartan's demonic schemes.

Endangered Species

Gene Wolfe

Wolfe, whose tetralogy The Book of the New Sun was the most acclaimed science fiction work of the 1980s, offered his second collection of short fiction in 1990 to universal acclaim. This is a hefty volume of over 30 unforgettable stories in a variety of genres-- SF, fantasy, horror, mainstream-many of them offering variations on themes and situations found in folklore and fairy tales, and including two stories, "The Cat" and "The Map," which are set in the universe of his New Sun novels. Wolfe's deconstructions/reconstructions are provocative, multilayered, and resonant. This embarrassment of literary riches is a must for all Gene Wolfe fans, and anyone who loves a good tale beautifully told.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (1989) - essay
  • A Cabin on the Coast - (1984) - shortstory
  • The Map - (1984) - shortstory
  • Kevin Malone - (1980) - shortstory
  • The Dark of the June - (1974) - shortstory
  • The Death of Hyle - (1974) - shortstory
  • From the Notebook of Doctor Stein - (1974) - shortstory
  • Thag - (1975) - shortstory
  • The Nebraskan and the Nereid - (1985) - shortstory
  • In the House of Gingerbread - (1987) - shortstory
  • The Headless Man - (1972) - shortstory
  • The Last Thrilling Wonder Story - (1982) - novelette
  • House of Ancestors - (1968) - novelette
  • Our Neighbour by David Copperfield - (1978) - shortstory
  • When I Was Ming the Merciless - (1976) - shortstory
  • The God and His Man - (1980) - shortstory
  • The Cat - (1983) - shortstory
  • The War Beneath the Tree - (1979) - shortstory
  • Eyebem - (1970) - shortstory
  • The HORARS of War - (1970) - shortstory
  • The Detective of Dreams - (1980) - shortstory
  • Peritonitis - (1973) - shortstory
  • The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholus - (1979) - shortstory
  • The Woman the Unicorn Loved - (1981) - novelette
  • The Peace Spy - (1987) - shortstory
  • All the Hues of Hell - (1987) - shortstory
  • Procreation - (1983) - shortstory
  • Lukora - (1988) - shortstory
  • Suzanne Delage - (1980) - shortstory
  • Sweet Forest Maid - (1971) - shortstory
  • My Book - (1982) - shortstory
  • The Other Dead Man - (1988) - shortstory
  • The Most Beautiful Woman on the World - (1987) - shortstory
  • The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Came of It) - (1988) - novelette
  • Silhouette - (1975) - novella

One Red Thread

Ernie Wood

When architect Eddy McBride, a fortysomething self-absorbed noticer of details and self-appointed seeker of truths, stumbles upon a way to visit, watch and ultimately participate in events from his family history, he finds answers to long-ago tragedies and mysteries. But each time Eddy returns to the present, he unleashes the unhappy consequences of exploring history on his family and friends. And as Eddy's knowledge of the past grows, he turns from curious seeker of truths to frantic fixer of mistakes--present, past and by those from the present who would change the past--as he follows a devastating trail of hurt, disappearance and death.

The Seven Towers

Patricia C. Wrede

They are seven players in a game of deadly magic -- Eltiron, Prince of Sevarin; Crystalorn, Princess of Barinash; Ranlyn, the desert rider; Jermain, the outlaw; Vandaris, the soldier; Carachel, the Wizard-King; and Amberglas, the sorceress. Each of them has a secret, and each fights his or her part in the thrilling battle that has put seven kingdoms on the very edge of destruction. Filled with wit, swordplay, humor, and intrigue, this early novel is one of Patricia C. Wrede's best.

This Is As I Wish to Be Restored

Christie Yant

This short story originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January-February 2014, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, December 2016.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

To the High Redoubt

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

To the High Redoubt is an engaging, epic fantasy adventure written by the creator of the widely read series of novels about the immortal vampire known as Le Comte de Saint-Germain.

In his quest for power, Bundhi, Lord of Darkness and stealer of souls, has taken family, vision, and freedom from Surata, the last surviving adept in tantric alchemy, before selling her into slavery in a distant land. But he has underestimated the depth of Surata's power and he could not foresee that destiny would bring her a champion, Arkady, soldier of fortune and destined hero.

As their mutual trust deepens and the wellspring of power from which Surata draws her magic is steadily revealed, the two form an unbeatable force as they challenge their enemy in the very heart of his empire.

Red Planet

Caroline M. Yoachim

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, February 2015.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Transfigured Hart

Jane Yolen

A boy and a girl become convinced that the white deer they discover in the woods is a unicorn.

You Wandered Off Like a Foolish Child to Break Your Heart and Mine

Pat York

Nebula Award nominated short story. It was originally published in the anthology Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999), edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. No other publications are know at this time.

A Few Kindred Spirits

John Christopher

Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1965. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 16th Series (1967), edited by Edward L. Ferman and Dogtales! (1988), edited by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann.

Red Clocks

Leni Zumas

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling herbalist, or "mender," who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.

Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction

China Miéville
Mark Bould

Science fiction and socialism have always had a close relationship. Many science fiction novelists and filmmakers have used the genre to examine explicit or implicit Marxist concerns. Red Planets is an accessible and lively account, which makes an ideal introduction to anyone interested in the politics of science fiction. The volume covers a rich variety of examples from Weimar cinema to mainstream Hollywood films, and novelists from Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Philip K. Dick, and Thomas Disch to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken MacLeod, and Charles Stross. Contributors include Matthew Beaumont, William J. Burling, Carl Freedman, Darren Jorgensen, Rob Latham, Iris Luppa, Andrew Milner, John Rieder, Steven Shaviro, Sherryl Vint, and Phillip Wegner.

Contents:

  • Series Preface - Mike Wayne and Esther Leslie
  • Introduction: Rough Guide to a Lonely Planet, from Nemo to Neo - Mark Bould
  • THINGS TO COME
  • The Anamorphic Estrangements of Science Fiction - Matthew Beaumont
  • Art as 'The Basic Technique of Life': Utopian Art and Art in Utopia in The Dispossessed and Blue Mars - William J. Burling
  • Marxism, Cinema and some Dialectics of Science Fiction and Film Noir - Carl Freedman
  • Spectacle, Technology and Colonialism in SF Cinema: the Case of Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World - John Rieder
  • WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
  • The Singularity is Here - Steven Shaviro
  • Species and Species Being: Alienated Subjectivity and the Commodification of Animals - Sherryl Vint
  • Ken MacLeod's Permanent Revolution: Utopian Possible Worlds, History, and the Augenblick in the Fall Revolution Quartet - Phillip Wegner
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE
  • 'Madonna in moon rocket with breeches': Weimar SF Film Criticism during the Stabilisation Period - Iris Luppa
  • The Urban Question in New Wave SF - Rob Latham
  • Toward a Revolutionary Science Fiction: Althusser's Critique of Historicity - Darren Jorgensen
  • Utopia and Science Fiction Revisited - Andrew Milner
  • Afterword: Cognition as Ideology: A Dialectic of SF Theory - China Miéville
  • Appendices
  • About the Contributors
  • Index

The Best of Fredric Brown

Fredric Brown

Twenty-nine of the best-loved stories by the man some critics call the O. Henry of science fiction... stories that range from the wryly humorous to the deadly serious, but are always unforgettable.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: A Brown Study (1977) - essay by Robert Bloch
  • Arena (1944) - novelette
  • Imagine (1955) - poem
  • It Didn't Happen (1963) - short story
  • Recessional (1961) - short story
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1965) - short story by Fredric Brown and Carl Onspaugh
  • Puppet Show (1962) - short story
  • Nightmare in Yellow (1961) - short story
  • Earthmen Bearing Gifts (1960) - short story
  • Jaycee (1955) - short story
  • Pi in the Sky (1945) - novelette
  • Answer (1954) - short story
  • The Geezenstacks (1943) - short story
  • Hall of Mirrors (1953) - short story
  • Knock (1948) - short story
  • Rebound (1960) - short story
  • Star Mouse (1942) - novelette
  • Abominable (1960) - short story
  • Letter to a Phoenix (1949) - short story
  • Not Yet the End (1941) - short story
  • Etaoin Shrdlu (1942) - short story
  • Armageddon (1941) - short story
  • Experiment (1954) - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I (1961) - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver II (1961) - short story
  • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver III (1961) - short story
  • Reconciliation (1954) - short story
  • Nothing Sirius (1944) - short story
  • Pattern (1954) - short story
  • The Yehudi Principle (1944) - short story
  • Come and Go Mad (1949) - novelette
  • The End (1961) - short story

Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future: Essays on Foresight and Fallacy

Amy Kit-sze Chan
Gary Westfahl
Wong Kin Yuen

Science fiction has always challenged readers with depictions of the future. Can the genre actually provide glimpses of the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre's predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films as well as SF literature. Among the texts and topics examined are classic stories by Murray Leinster, C. L. Moore, and Cordwainer Smith; 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels, Japanese anime and Hong Kong cinema; and electronic fiction.

Contents:

  • 1 - Of Futures Imagined, and Futures Inhabited - essay by Gary Westfahl
  • 9 - Pitfalls of Prophecy: Why Science Fiction So Often Fails to Predict the Future - essay by Gary Westfahl
  • 104 - Rebooting "A Logic Named Joe": Exploring the Multiple Influences of a Strangely Predictive Mid-1940s Short Story - essay by David L. Ferro and Eric G. Swedin
  • 220 - Thinking About the Smart Wireless World - essay by Gregory Benford

Altered States

Paddy Chayefsky

Psychologist Eddie Jessup is researching hallucinatory phenomena. Using a sensory deprivation tank, he experiments with a hallucinatory mushroom he finds in Mexico and experiences wild religious visions. But repeated use causes him to emerge from the tank having regressed to his simian ancestry.

Sacred Summer

Cassandra Rose Clarke

In the empty halls of a house on the edge of the woods, a dancer faces the aftermath of a career-ending injury and subsequent divorce.

Twenty years earlier, on the land where her house would be built, two boys died violently and mysteriously while recording a music video for their band, leaving one survivor. Something sleeps in the woods beyond the house, and when the dancer finds the last musician, it will start to wake...

From Rhysling Award finalist Cassandra Rose Clarke comes a visceral examination of dance, music, and obsession told entirely in verse.

The Man Who Mastered Time / Overlords From Space

Ray Cummings
Joseph E. Kelleam

The Man Who Mastered Time

It took what seemed but half a day's traveling to traverse the 28,000 years that separated Loto Rogers from the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. He had expected to find mighty cities and a flowering civilization in that future world, but instead he found only ice and snow--and Azeela.

Overlords From Space

Beware the planet-wreckers! The regime of the Zarles had turned Earth into Hell. Possessing strange unearthly perception, weapons of cosmic destruction, and motivated by an inhuman cruelty, these overlords from space had enslaved the Earth in a feudal terror. Then, one day, Jeff Gambrell, a human slave, defied his particular tyrant once too often and found himself facing the impossible challenge - how to escape. It had been done before, therefore he knew what had always seemed impossible was not...

Jeff's life and death struggle against the fiendish cunning of the Zarlesis is set against a startling background of unleashed interplanetary fury. Joseph E. Kelleam's new novel explores the frightening depths of man's inventive powers with brilliant detail and breath-taking power.

Redliners

David Drake

Having seen too much war to be safely returned to civilian life, Strike Force Company C41 is assigned to guard a colony on a hostile planet, but when the mission goes terribly wrong, the troops encounter unexpected danger.

The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding)

L. Timmel Duchamp

Sarah Minnivitch, an actor sentenced to prison for acts of civil disobedience, wreaked havoc at the for-profit medium-security facility she was first sent to. When Penco transfers her to a high-security facility, the facility's director assigns Dr. Eve Escher the task of rehabilitating Minnivitch and recovering the corporation's losses. Escher believes she is on the verge of a scientific breakthrough that will not only rehabilitate the prisoner but also win the physician fame and glory. But the stakes for both Escher and Minnivitch prove to be higher than either of them imagined.

Rebels of the Red Planet / 200 Years to Christmas

J. T. McIntosh
Charles L. Fontenay

Rebels of the Red Planet

MARS FOR THE MARTIANS! Dark Kensington had been dead for twenty-five years. It was a fact; everyone knew it. Then suddenly he reappeared, youthful, brilliant, ready to take over the Phoenix, the rebel group that worked to overthrow the tyranny that gripped the settlers on Mars.

The Phoenix had been destroyed not once, not twice, but three times! But this time the resurrected Dark had new plans, plans which involved dangerous experiments in mutation and psionics.

And now the rebels realized they were in double jeopardy. Not only from the government's desperate hatred of their movement, but also from the growing possibility that the new breed of mutated monsters would get out of hand and bring terrors never before known to man.

200 Years to Christmas

For almost two centuries the huge spaceship had speared its way through the stars, bound for another 200 hundred years of travel before it would put down on a new planet, a new home for the Earth people.

On board the metal-enclosed worldlet were four hundred people: the last survivors of Earth. It was up to them to start life anew, to correct the mistakes their ancestors had made.

But as the tenth generation neared maturity, the idle passengers found themselves face to face with these same problems--and this time there was no place to run and hide or to postpone their answers. For their miniature society was changing faster and faster. And the spaceship suddenly seemed destined to end as a star-bound coffin.

Freddy's Book

John Gardner

In a gloomy mansion in Madison, Wisconsin, a sheltered and sensitive young man slips a visiting professor his secret manuscript—a staggering and beautiful fantasy of knights, knaves, and fools, a rich tale of timeless battles with the devil himself over power and destiny.

Red Shift

Alan Garner

A disturbing exploration of the inevitability of life. Under Orion's stars, bluesilver visions torment Tom, Macey and Thomas as they struggle with age-old forces. Distanced from each other in time, and isolated from those they live among, they are yet inextricably bound together by the sacred power of the moon's axe and each seek their own refuge at Mow Cop. Can those they love so intensely keep them clinging to reality? Or is the future evermore destined to reflect the past?

Tonight We Steal the Stars / The Wagered World

John Jakes
Laurence M. Janifer
S. J. Treibich

Tonight We Steal the Stars

In II Galaxy, only Wolf Dragonard can make the impossible possible.

The Wagered World

The astronauts didn't know they were betting the Earth on the toss of the dice!

A Red Sun Also Rises

Mark Hodder

An original adventure from the author of the Philip K. Dick Award–winning Burton & Swinburne series

A tale of good and evil, where neither is what it seems!

Aiden Fleischer, a bookish priest, finds himself transported to an alien world. With him is Miss Clarissa Stark, a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability, wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from society.

On the planet Ptallaya, under two bright yellow suns, they encounter the Yatsill, a race of enthusiastic mimics who shape their society after impressions picked up from Clarissa's mind. Creating a faux London, the alien creatures enroll Clarissa in their Council of Magicians and Aiden in the City Guard. But why does the peaceful city require guards? After a day that, in earthly terms, has lasted for months, the answer comes, for on this planet without night, a red sun also rises, and brings with it a destructive evil.

The Blood Gods! Hideous creatures, they cause Aiden to confront his own internal darkness while trying to protect his friend and his new home.

With a sharp eye for period detail and a rich imagination, Mark Hodder establishes a weirdly twisted version of Victorian London on a convincingly realized alien world, and employs them to tackle a profound psychological and moral question. A Red Sun Also Rises breaks new ground by combining the sword & planet genre with Victorian steampunk while adding an edgy psychological twist.

Find the Feathered Serpent

Evan Hunter

When the strange hourglass-shaped time machine crashed out of the twentieth century and into the Caribbean Sea of fourteen hundred years ago, Neil Falsen realized how unprepared he was to head the expedition that his father had organized back through time. Of the four men who had flown through centuries to solve the mystery of an ancient Mayan god, two had died in the shattering crash. Only Neil and ship's pilot Dave remained to cope with the language and customs of a people who had disappeared into the darkness of history.

It was confusing enough not to know which century the machine had fallen into. But Neil was sure his eyes were playing tricks when he spotted a Norse ship cutting proudly through southern seas. How ancient Vikings, Mayas and two twentieth-century Americans met - and fought - amid the splendors of a civilization that today dots the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico with its ruins, makes a tale as unique in telling as it is in content.

In scenes that throb with drama and thunder with excitement, Dave and Neil found frightening evidence of the approaching Mayan collapse. With a common modern device, Neil stepped into a tense religious ceremony to prevent human sacrifice. Without realizing it, he discovered the secret of the white god among the Mayan Indian dieties.

One of history's most intriguing suppositions forms the basis for this tale of the secret behind the legend of a lost civilization.

The Ignored

Bentley Little

With a good job and a pretty girlfriend, Bob Jones's one complaint in life is that he is ignored--until he is inducted into a secret society of the nondescript and dejected planning a horrifying revenge.

The Red Empire and Other Stories

Joe McKinney

Joe McKinney's debut collection, The Red Empire & Other Stories, brings together eight tales of haunted policemen and cosmic horrors...

A chance encounter with a homeless man one hot summer night opens the doors of perception for a Houston beat cop...

Genetically engineered fire ants threaten to devour a small Texas border town, and the only thing in their way is a grief-stricken county man...

An ex-detective can no longer run from the ghost of his greatest failure...

A rare piece of non-fiction chronicles the author's fifteen year investigation into a century old cold case...

Police work can be hell. But there's no hell like the catacombs of the mind.

We All Died at Breakaway Station

Richard C. Meredith

When race survival teetered in the balance...

Captain Absolom Bracer, with an artificial brainpan and synthetic eyes. Astrogation officer Gene O'Gwynn, a lady with a plastic face. Weapons officer Akin Darby and Communications officer Miss Cyanta, both with assorted prosthetic parts.

These were the officers of the Iwo Jima, one of the two heavy battle-cruiser starships protecting the vast cumbersome Rudolph Cragston, a hospital ship returning to Earth with thousands of wounded in cold sleep.

These brutally injured officers had been restored to temporary, artificial life to do this job because no intact man or woman could be spared from the main conflict.

But then Breakaway Station, a vital link with Earth, was suddenly threatened..

The Best of Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl

Classic Science Fiction

Here in one superlative volume 17 Science-Fiction tales by a master storyteller.

"The Midas Plague" - They had committed the greatest crime: failure to consume enough! So their punishment was to consume more and more and more....

"The Day the Icicle Works Closed" - The world was facing total unemployment, and the people had only one thing left to hock, their bodies!

"Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus" - There was peace on Earth. But joy to all men? Well, that was another matter!

"The Martian in the Attic" - What's the value of a real, live Martian? Duniop was determined to find out - and he did!

"Tunnel Under the World" - Things are not always what they seem, in fact. Not even what they seem to seem!

And lots more!

Table of Contents:

  • A Variety of Excellence - (1975) - essay by Lester del Rey
  • The Tunnel Under the World - (1955)
  • Punch - (1961)
  • Three Portraits and a Prayer - (1962)
  • Day Million - (1966)
  • Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus - (1956)
  • We Never Mention Aunt Nora - (1958)
  • Father of the Stars - (1964)
  • The Day the Martians Came - (1967)
  • The Midas Plague - (1954)
  • The Snowmen - (1959)
  • How to Count on Your Fingers - (1956)
  • Grandy Devil - (1955)
  • Speed Trap - (1967)
  • The Richest Man in Levittown - (1959)
  • The Day the Icicle Works Closed - (1960)
  • The Hated - (1958)
  • The Martian in the Attic - (1960)
  • The Census Takers - (1956)
  • The Children of Night - (1964)
  • What the Author Has to Say About All This - (1975) - essay by Frederik Pohl

An Armory of Swords

Fred Saberhagen

Saberhagen has brought together some of the best fantasy writers in the field to create their own stories within the universe of his Lost Swords series. This book features works by Walter Jon Williams, Sage Walker, and a new tale by the master himself--Fred Saberhagen's "Blind Man's Blade"--reveals how the Swords were originally thrust into the human realm.

The Golden People / Exile From Xanadu

Fred Saberhagen
Lan Wright

The Golden People

Planeteers, go home!

The planet was called Golden in honor of the planeteer whose ship had crashed there years before. It was an Earth-type world, with humanoid natives, and other creatures that were--something less.

Or maybe more, for almost all of the planet was covered by an invisible Field which blanked radar, damped the power of the Earthmen's stunners, immobilized their robots and caused watches to run backward. No machine or weapon more complicated than the lever or knife could work inside the Field.

Which meant that the Space Force had to revert to the primitive to explore the world of Golden. And obviously, someone or something hidden in the vast reaches of the planet had planned it that way...

Exile From Xanadu

Regan's last waking memory was of the clamor of alarm bells--a sound that lasted a bare second before it dissolved and was lost in a holocaust of roaring noise and flame. He never did recall the reflex action that flung his screaming body towards the survival capsule.

When he awoke at last, there was nothing but blackness, yet the pain was gone. His body was compressed and comforted in an all-embracing nest of yielding softness that was like a vast mother-womb, so close did it enfold him. He moved slightly, and at once a voice said, "Can you hear me?" In a panic Regan tried to open his eyes, but could not. With dread, he lay very still, waiting. For the voice was not human...

We, the Venusians / The Water of Thought

John Rackham
Fred Saberhagen

We, the Venusians

Venus and its natives are exploited by humans.

The Water of Thought

One explorer had already disappeared on the primitive planet, Kappa. So the day that a second Terrestrial, Jones, ran away after drinking the sacred Kappan water that he had coerced the natives into giving him, the remaining planetologists meant to find out just what was going on.

Questioning the aliens only deepened the mystery. For they said that what Jones had drunk would enable him to communicate with his animal ancestors. It was their most precious and sacred possession.

But how could it affect a person never born on Kappa, a person without such "animal" ancestors? What had really happened to Jones and the other man - and what would happen if either of them managed to bring this incredible liquid back to Earth?

Envoy to the Dog Star / Shock Wave

Frederick L. Shaw, Jr.
Leigh Richmond
Walt Richmond

Envoy to the Dog Star

They sent the wrong astronaut to the right Sirians.

Shock Wave

Could he fool this omnipotent computer?

Red Plenty

Francis Spufford

The Soviet Union was founded on a fairytale. It was built on 20th-century magic called 'the planned economy', which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the penny-pinching lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working.

Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan, every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche and sputniks would lead the way to the stars. And it's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending.

Earth's Last Fortress / Lost in Space

A. E. Van Vogt
George O. Smith

Earth's Last Fortress

It looked like a perfectly innocent store front, a volunteer enrollment office for young idealists who wanted to help the desperate forces of a young democracy overseas win their civil war. The young girl who sat at the desk inside was attractive, sympathetic, and would see that you got your passage safely.

Lost in Space

Commodore Ted Wilson's intuition told him right! He should never have let his fiancee, Alice Hemingway, take off on Space Liner 79 - the flight that fate had singled out to change the destiny of the galaxy!

Empire of the Atom / Space Station # 1

Frank Belknap Long
A. E. Van Vogt

Empire of the Atom

Atomic War had destroyed the world. History and records had been lost; the few war-shocked people who were left could not even recall what had started the destruction. But even these desperate circumstances could not change the basic nature of man.

Out of the still-smoking ruins came one who was stronger and more ruthless than the rest. From his plans to rule the universe grew the seeds of the last great war of all, the one that would finally wipe man off the face of Earth.

Space Station # 1

The Space Station floated up out of the Big Dark. Lieutenant Corriston had come to see its marvels, but he soon found himself trapped in unexpected terrors.

The grim reality was that an unknown, unsuspected outer space power had usurped control of the artificial moon. A beautiful woman had disappeared; passengers were being fleeced and enslaved; and, using fantastic disguises, imposters from - SOMEWHERE - were using the station for their own mysterious ends.

One Against Eternity / The Other Side of Here

Murray Leinster
A. E. Van Vogt

One Against Eternity

Did their world rest on a pariah's shoulders? Robert Hedrock had been declared a kill-on-sight outcast, even by those who had once been his own faction. Neither they not their empress foe suspected that he alone could provide the solution to their deadliest cosmic crisis.

The Other Side of Here

A flick of the wrist - and whole cities plunged into a void of lifelessness. Steve Waldron plunged to the very center of a dead city and gaped at a truth he could not believe. What could he do against so fearsome a force that threatened to engulf the whole nation?

Siege of the Unseen / The World Swappers

A. E. Van Vogt
John Brunner

Siege of the Unseen

THE THREE EYES OF EVIL

"The crash was over, the car on its side. Slade sprawled dizzily on his back, while something warm trickled from his forehead into his left eye. He wiped it away, and saw with a start that it was blood. The skin was torn raggedly..."

"A third eye was plainly visible. The eyelid of it was closed by a surplus of sticky matter, but abruptly he grew aware that it was pulsing with a vague perception of light..."

At first it was a grotesque discovery, when the accident revealed that young businessman Michael Slade was a bizarre freak -- a man with three eyes. But the impact of what it meant to see with three eyes was even more macabre. For Slade, that shocking third eye was his entry into a strange new dimension of terror and adventure -- a fearful new world that would wrap itself about him forever!

The World Swappers

The inhabited galaxy was caught in the crushing vice of a struggle for power. The political titans of the planets of mankind were making their bids for supremacy.

The contestants: Cornice, man of strange powers, authority in the spheres of the intellect; and Bassett, man of money-power, financial and business wizard.

As the association of human worlds drew near the teetering edge of internal revolutions; one of these men would be in a position to triumph. The only thing that neither side could foresee was that there were Others hovering among the stars, loo ling for new worlds to conquer!

The Twisted Men / One of Our Asteroids is Missing

Calvin M. Knox
A. E. Van Vogt

The Twisted Men

Contains the following novelettes:

  • The Twisted Men (1950)
  • The Star-Saint (1951)
  • The Earth Killers (1949)

One of Our Asteroids is Missing

They stole his world and his name.

The Weapon Shops of Isher / Gateway to Elsewhere

Murray Leinster
A. E. Van Vogt

The Weapon Shops of Isher

By the year 4784, the Empire of Isher ruled the universe and an impetuous willful girl ruled the empire. Into this epoch, the most scientifically powerful period humanity ever knew, a time-staggering bombshell was tossed. It came in the form of a man from today, a victim of a conflict which was as old as that empire and which now threatened to be the end of both Isher and its worlds.

Gateway to Elsewhere

Tony Gregg was just an ordinary everyday American until the day he came into possession of an old Barkut coin. He knew that it was more than just a collector's curio because there was no such place on any map of Earth, past or present. He learned then that it could be used as a key - a key to a GATEWAY TO ELSEWHERE.

The World of Null-A / The Universe Maker

A. E. Van Vogt

The World of Null-A

It is the year 2650 and Earth has become a world of non-Aristotelianism, or Null-A. This is the story of Gilbert Gosseyn, who lives in that future world where the Games Machine, made up of twenty-five thousand electronic brains, sets the course of people's lives. Gosseyn isn't even sure of his own identity, but realizes he has some remarkable abilities and sets out to use them to discover who has made him a pawn in an interstellar plot.

The Universe Maker

Did you ever hear of the Inter-Time Society for Psychological Adjustments? Well, neither had Morton Cargill in 1953 when he accidentally killed a girl. A year later that very girl turned up, apparently alive, and announced that the mysterious society had condemned him to death! Cargill's astounding adventures began when he escaped the execution chamber to find himself in the far future. Three conflicting societies were hunting for him, to use him in their own desperate schemes. There were the Floaters, a nation of aerial vagabonds. There were the Tweeners, who dreamed of world conquest. And finally, interwoven through everything, were the sinister figures of the Shadow Men-supermen without visible substance.

The Samaritan

Fred Venturini

Dale Sampson is a nobody. A small town geek who lives in the shadow of his best friend, the high school baseball star, it takes him years to even gather the courage to actually talk to a girl. It doesn't go well. Then, just when he thinks there's a glimmer of hope for his love life, he loses everything.

When Dale runs into the twin sister of the girl he loved and lost, he finds his calling--he will become a samaritan. Determined to rescue her from a violent marriage, and redeem himself in the process, he decides to use the only "weapon" he has--besides a toaster. His weapon, the inexplicable ability to regenerate injured body parts, leads him to fame and fortune as the star of a blockbuster TV reality show where he learns that being The Samaritan is a heartbreaking affair. Especially when the one person you want to save doesn't want saving.

The Samaritan is a brutally funny look at the dark side of human nature. It lays bare the raw emotions and disappointments of small town life and best friends, of school bullies and first loves, of ruthless profiteers and self-aggrandizing promoters and of having everything you know about human worth and frailty questioned under the harsh klieg lights of fame.

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians: Book 1

Dodie Smith

Dalmatians Pongo and Missis live in London with their beloved owners. When Missis finds out she's going to have puppies, they're all thrilled! But, Missis doesn't just have one puppy... or two... or three... she has fifteen! When the puppies go missing, Pongo and Missis know that there's only one woman who can be behind the dognapping: the notorious Cruella de Vil. They strike out across the city and - with a little help from the street dogs of London - rescue their pups and many, many more from a terrible fate.

Wicked As You Wish

A Hundred Names for Magic: Book 1

Rin Chupeco

Once upon a time, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left to wither and die after the Snow Queen encased it in ice. Its former citizens are now refugees. Which is why crown prince Alex and his protectors are stuck in... Arizona.

Tala Makiling has lived her life as an outsider. Her family curse, the one that's doomed her to be a spellbreaker, someone who destroys magic, hasn't won her too many friends. Except Alex, who trusts her and her family to keep his royal identity a secret.

And then one night, a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears in their tiny town, reigniting hope for their abandoned homeland. Alex and Tala team up with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon. Their path is filled with danger?from deadly prophecies, to terrifying ice wolves, a traitor among them, and the Snow Queen herself. But if they succeed... their story would be legendary.

An Unreliable Magic

A Hundred Names for Magic: Book 2

Rin Chupeco

Tala, Alex, and the rest of their friends are safe for now, but know the Snow Queen is still out there. They have to be prepared for when she eventually attacks--and all decide to do so in their own way.

When Ryker comes out of the woodwork, showing himself when he starts attacking American detention facilities and freeing refugees. And the Nameless Sword, a legendary weapon that according to Avalon legend, will make its wielder the most powerful warrior of their time turns up with her name on it, Tala's life gets messier... But when the Snow Queen arrives with an unlikely ally, the group will have to work together.

The World's End

A Hundred Names for Magic: Book 3

Rin Chupeco

It's been three months since the Snow Queen and OzCorp infiltrated Maidenkeep and nearly seized the Nine Maidens. Ryker is still unconscious and the rest of the group is feeling the effects of the prolonged war. Not to mention that Abigail Fey's curse has far-reaching consequences, and many in the Royal States have been using it to stir unrest and hostilities against Avalon.

When the Adarna, a firebird-like creature appears in Avalon, the gang discovers it is one of seven magical artifacts that the Snow Queen has been searching for, in her bid to open a portal to Buyan-a place that could grant her tremendous power. Determined to find the artifacts first the Bandersnatchers find information about the other five: The Singing Bone, The Hamelin Flute, The Tamatebako, The Lotus Lanternm The Raskovnik, and The Wonderland Tree.

But the Snow Queen will stop at nothing to get to the relics first. And as the final battle approaches, both sides will lose the ones they love as the fight to save or destroy Avalon finally comes to be.

Sacred Scars

A Resurrection of Magic: Book 2

Kathleen Duey

Sadima, Franklin, and Somiss, driven out of Limòri by a suspicious fire, are living in a cave hidden within the cliffs that overlook the city. Somiss is convinced the dark passages of the caves were the home of ancient magicians, and his obsession with restoring magic deepens. Sadima dreams of escape -- for her, for Franklin, and for the orphaned street boys Somiss has imprisoned in a crowded cage. Somiss claims he will teach these boys magic, that they will become his first students, but Sadima knows he is lying.

Generations later, Hahp is struggling to survive the wizards' increasingly dangerous classes at the Limòri Academy of Magic. He knows the fragile pact he has forged with his secretive roommate, Gerrard, will not be enough to put an end to the evil. It will take all the students acting together to have any chance of destroying the academy. Building trust, with few chances to speak or plan, will be almost impossible, but there is no choice.

The worlds of Sadima and Hahp move closer together in the second compelling installment of Kathleen Duey's brilliant trilogy, which began with the National Book Award finalist Skin Hunger, praised by Holly Black as "beautifully written, fierce, and unforgettable."

Accel World 2: The Red Storm Princess

Accel World: Book 2

Reki Kawahara

Since meeting Kuroyukihime, Haruyuki has managed to grow up a bit. But suddenly this mature Haruyuki is confronted by Tomoko, an elementary school girl he's never met before--who calls him "big brother"?! When Kuroyukihime sees the two of them flirting, the look she gives Haruyuki is like a cold knife stabbing him in the gut! Meanwhile, in the Accelerated World, something very mysterious is taking place...

A cursed piece of Enhanced Armament called the Armor of Catastrophe is making the rounds, polluting the minds of the duel avatars that don it and causing those avatars to attack at random with no regard for friend or foe. Only Silver Crow, the sole duel avatar with the power of flight, can apprehend the relic. Is Haruyuki up to the challenge on this mission to subjugate the Armor?!

Accel World 6: Shrine Maiden of the Sacred Fire

Accel World: Book 6

Reki Kawahara

The silver wings responsible for the rise of Nega Nebulus, the legion led by Kuroyukihime, are weakening! During the battle with the mysterious Acceleration Research Society, Haruyuki sustained corrosion damage from the revived Chrome Disaster, and he has still been unable to escape its effects. The Seven Kings of Pure Color take this very seriously, and soon they hand down their judgement: purification. Now Haruyuki is faced with a choice--undergo the grueling purification process, or have a bounty on his head and risk being cast out of the Accelerated World altogether!

Accel World 12: The Red Crest

Accel World: Book 12

Reki Kawahara

A new hotshot Burst Linker appears, taking Silver Crow down. Haruyuki, still struggling to obtain the Theoretical Mirror ability, sees Wolfram Cerberus as a roadblock in his larger quest to get stronger and defeat Archangel Metatron. He soon meets Chocolat Puppeteer, a duel avatar made out of... chocolate?! With her help, will Silver Crow finally grow into the fighter all seven legions need to successfully carry out their mission against Metatron?

Accel World 26: Conqueror of the Sundered Heavens

Accel World: Book 26

Reki Kawahara

PREPARE FOR A FULL DIVE!

The Deity of Demise, Tezcatlipoca, has visited pandemonium upon the Accelerated World and driven Haruyuki to withdraw from Nega Nebulus! Parting ways with Kuroyukihime proves difficult, and harder still is surrendering himself to none other than the White King! Now finding himself among the ranks of Oscillatory Universe, Haruyuki pays a visit to Eternal Girls' Academy, the White Legion headquarters. There, he'll come face-to-face with the true identities of the Seven Dwarves and undergo a special trial of his own. But given that Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime are no longer connected by the Black Legion, what will become of their bond...?

Red Tide

Ace SF Special, Series 2: Book 2

Deloris Lehman Tarzan
D. D. Chapman

"If a water animal can change into a land animal, why should not a land animal sometimes change into a water animal?"

That was the goal of the research conducted at Cobb Seamount, an underwater experimental station. Then they reveived the mysterious "Red Tide" broadcast - something about widespread epidemics... military retaliation... - and suddenly there wasn't any surface to return to. Now life in Cobb Seamount was no experiment - it was survival.

Elfland

Aetherial Tales: Book 1

Freda Warrington

Elfland is an intimate, sensual novel of people-both human and Aetherial-caught between duty and desire. It's a story of families, and of Rose Fox, a woman born to magic but tormented by her place in her adopted world.

Led by Auberon Fox, a group of Aetherials-call them the Fair Folk, if you will-live among us, indistinguishable from humans. Every seven years, on the Night of the Summer Stars, Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper, throws open all gates to the Other World. But this time, something has gone wrong. Wilder has sealed the gates, warning of a great danger lurking in the realm beyond them. The Aetherial community is outraged. What will become of them, deprived of the home realm from which their essential life force flows?

Rose Fox and Sam Wilder are drawn to the lands beyond the gates, even as their families feud over Lawrence's refusal to do his duty. Struggling with their own too-human urges, they discover hidden truths that draw them together in a forbidden alliance. Only by breaching the dreaded gates and daring the danger beyond can they confront that which they fear most- their otherness-and claim their birthright.

Midsummer Night

Aetherial Tales: Book 2

Freda Warrington

A sensuous, suspenseful modern fantasy of love, betrayal, and redemption

Decades ago, in a place where the veil between our world and the world of the Aetherials-the fair folk-is too easily breached, three young people tricked their uncle by dressing as the fey. But their joke took a deadly turn when true Aetherials crossed into our world, took one of the pranksters, and literally scared their uncle to death.

Many years later, at the place of this capture lies a vast country estate that holds a renowned art facility owned by a visionary sculptor. One day, during a violent storm, a young woman studying art at the estate stumbles upon a portal to the Otherworld. A handsome young man comes through the portal and seeks shelter with her. Though he can tell her nothing of his past, his innocence and charm capture her heart. But he becomes the focus of increasingly violent arguments among the residents of the estate. Is he as innocent as he seems? Or is he hiding his true identity so that he can seek some terrible vengeance, bringing death and heartbreak to this place that stands between two worlds? Who is this young man?

The forces of magic and the power of love contend for the soul of this man, in this magical romantic story of loss and redemption.

Grail of the Summer Stars

Aetherial Tales: Book 3

Freda Warrington

The climactic concluding novel in the spellbinding magical contemporary fantasy Aetherial Tales trilogy

A painting, depicting haunting scenes of a ruined palace and a scarlet-haired goddess in front of a fiery city, arrives unheralded in an art gallery with a cryptic note saying, "The world needs to see this." The painting begins to change the lives of the woman who is the gallery's curator and that of an ancient man of the fey Aetherial folk who has mysteriously risen from the depths of the ocean. Neither human nor fairy knows how they are connected, but when the painting is stolen, both are compelled to discover the meaning behind the painting and the key it holds to their future.

In Grail of the Summer Stars, a haunting, powerful tale of two worlds and those caught between, Freda Warrington weaves an exciting story of suspense, adventure and danger that fulfills the promise of the Aetherial Tales as only she can.

Redemption's Blade

After the War: Book 1

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Ten years ago, the Kinslayer returned from the darkness. His brutal Yorughan armies issued from the pits of the earth, crushing all resistance, leaving burnt earth and corruption behind. Thrones toppled and cities fell.

And then he died.

Celestaine--one of the heroes that destroyed him--has tasked herself with correcting the worst excesses of the Kinslayer's brief reign, bringing light back to a broken world. With two Yorughan companions, she faces fanatics, war criminals and the Kinslayer's former minions, as the fragile alliances of the War break down into feuding and greed.

The Kinslayer may be gone, but he cast a long shadow: one from which she may never truly escape.

Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens

Alcatraz Smedry: Book 4

Brandon Sanderson

A whole army of evil Librarians!

And Alcatraz Smedry has only his friend, Bastille, a few pairs of glasses and an unlimited supply of exploding teddy bears to help him defend the island of Mokia. Even Alcatraz's extraordinary talent for breaking things may not be enough to defeat the evil Librarians' giant robots. Can Alcatraz find a way to save the Free Kingdoms?

Alien Island

Alien Island: Book 1

T. L. Sherred

Earth had not been attacked-no, indeed-and the Visitors were not about to allow the Establishment to intervene between them and the man-in-the-street.

The Establishment had, in fact, been spending considerable time, energy and (taxpayers') money on an effort to shield the tender, hyper-sensitive feelings of the public from the panic it assumed would result were it ever to become generally known that the Earth had Visitors-and had been having them for several years.

It was, of course, the Establishment which was scared witless. So they were bypassed.

And there wasn't a thing the united governments of the Earth could do about it. Except for their unitedly witless Secret Services...

Alien Main

Alien Island: Book 2

T. L. Sherred
Lloyd Biggle, Jr.

Fifty years after the nearly total annihilation of Earth by war and disease, three agents of the galactic federation set out to reopen contact with the closed world and reestablish trade with the planet's shattered civilization.

Altered

Altered: Book 1

Jennifer Rush

They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.

Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There's Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam... who's stolen Anna's heart.

When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna's father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.

On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they're both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

Erased

Altered: Book 2

Jennifer Rush

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

When memories from Anna's old life begin to resurface--and a figure from her childhood reappears--Anna's loyalties are tested. Is it a Branch set-up, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased in the first place?

Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.

Reborn

Altered: Book 3

Jennifer Rush

The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.

Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers--and the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets, and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.

Experience the Branch through Nick's eyes in this action-packed finale to the Altered saga.

Blurred Lives

Andrea Cort: Draiken: Book 3

Adam-Troy Castro

finalist for the AnLab Reader's Choice Award

Draiken and Thorne, having both been imprisoned and tortured by the machiavellian organization for which they once worked, now seek vengeance by means of destroying their former employers. But in order to obtain information necessary to achieve their goal, Draiken agrees to be locked into a prison from which there is ony one way to escape; if he succeeds in solving the mystery of how to escape, he will win the release of all the prisoners and the information he requires. But the prison cell has technology which distorts his senses, making an escape seem impossible.

This story was originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2018. Read this novella for free at Analog (PDF).

The Andromeda Anthology

Andromeda

Fred Hoyle
John Elliot

In addition to being the man who coined the term 'the Big Bang', world-renowned astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle also produced a fine body of science fiction. The Andromeda Anthology contains the acclaimed duology A for Andromeda and Andromeda Breakthrough, co-written with John Elliot.

The close-knit group of scientists who work at the new radio telescope are shocked to receive a mysterious signal from the heart of the Andromeda galaxy. Working with mathematician Christine Jones, Dr John Fleming interprets the signal as the instructions to build a super-computer. When the computer begins to relay the information it receives from Andromeda, scientists find themselves possessing knowledge previously unknown to mankind, knowledge that could threaten the security of human life itself.

Table of Contents:

A For Andromeda

Andromeda: Book 1

Fred Hoyle
John Elliot

It concerns a group of scientists who detect a radio signal from a distant galaxy that contains instructions for the design of an advanced computer. When the computer is built, it gives the scientists instructions for the creation of a living organism named Andromeda, but one of the scientists, John Fleming, fears that Andromeda's purpose is to subjugate humanity.

Andromeda Breakthrough

Andromeda: Book 2

Fred Hoyle
John Elliot

From the dead constellation of Andromeda flashed continuously a long and intensely complicated message. Picked up during the testing of the world's most powerful radio-telescope, it proved to be a blueprint of a computer so advanced that it made all earth-built computers seem like children's counting beads and even produced a thinking, living human-being to interpret its needs. Could this be part of a fantastic plan to take over the earth?

The Well-Favored Man

Argylle: Book 1

Elizabeth Willey

Welcome to Argylle -- and its ruling family, a brilliant flighty, civilized, and occasionally dangerous clan of nearly immortal warriors and magicians. Where young Prince Gwydion, stuck with ruling the Dominion, is finding his reign... eventful. Where strange Things keep turning up. Plagues of monsters. The arrival of a ravenous Great Dragon. And where a mysterious young woman who claims to be Gwydion's long-lost -- indeed, quite unsuspected--sister. It's enough, Gwydion thinks, to make a ruler want to find a nice long errand that'll take him away from his homeland for a spell...

Firedance

Ashlu Cycle: Book 1

Scott Baker

Streetfighter, fugitive, hero... Aubry Knight is now a powerful man with powerful friends. And someone wants to kill him.

Their opening shot is the death of one of Aubry's dearest friends. Their next attack is on Aubry's child. Knight is drawn inexorably toward New Africa, toward the mysteries of his own past, and toward a future that may take him far from Los Angeles and the only life he's ever known.

To win this battle, and save his family, Aubry Knight must defeat himself.

The Heir of Khored

Azkhantian Tales: Book 3

Deborah J. Ross

For Shannivar, warrior of the Azkhantia Steppe, the future is grim. She faces twin threats: the mighty Gelon empire, ruthessly conquering independent nations like her own, and the malevolent entity of Fire and Ice, unleashed from its prison in the Far North. And she must face them alone.

After meeting Zevaron, an exiled prince in search of aid from Azkhantia, Shannivar and Zevaron had traveled together and fallen in love. But their journey to the north to investigate dangerous omens failed when Zevaron was enthralled by the monstrous Fire and Ice. Now Zevaron's hatred for Gelon, the empire that destroyed his kingdom and killed his mother, threatens to consume not only him, but all the living world.

Balfour and Meriwether in The Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs

Balfour and Meriwether

Daniel Abraham

When a private envoy of the queen and member of Lord Carmichael's discreet service goes missing, Balfour and Meriwether are asked to look into the affair. They will find a labyrinth of dreams, horrors risen from hell, prophecy, sexual perversion, and an abandoned farmhouse on the moors outside Harrowmoor Sanitarium. The earth itself will bare its secrets and the Empire itself will tremble in the face of the hidden dangers they discover, but the greatest peril is the one they have brought with them.

Balfour and Meriwether in the Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs is the first novella length work in the Balfour and Meriwether stories by Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated author Daniel Abraham.

Balfour and Meriwether in The Vampire of Kabul

Balfour and Meriwether

Daniel Abraham

Novelette in Abraham's Balfour and Meriwether series.

Read the full story for free at Subterranean Press Magazine.

The Shaving of Shagpat: An Arabian Entertainment

Ballantine Adult Fantasy: Book 17

George Meredith

Shibli Bagarag, a Persian barber, and Noorna, an enchantress, are given the quest of shaving the tyrant Shagpat, who by the power of his magical hair holds his city in thrall. Along the way Shibli acquires a magic sword and meets a series of exotic creatures, including a talking hawk and several genies.

The Red Plague Affair

Bannon and Clare: Book 2

Lilith Saintcrow

The service of Britannia is not for the faint of heart--or conscience...

Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime in service to Queen Victrix, has a mission: to find the doctor who has created a powerful new weapon. Her friend, the mentath Archibald Clare, is only too happy to help. It will distract him from pursuing his nemesis, and besides, Clare is not as young as he used to be. A spot of Miss Bannon's excellent hospitality and her diverting company may be just what he needs.Unfortunately, their quarry is a fanatic, and his poisonous discovery is just as dangerous to Britannia as to Her enemies. Now a single man has set Londinium ablaze, and Clare finds himself in the middle of distressing excitement, racing against time and theory to find a cure. Miss Bannon, of course, has troubles of her own, for the Queen's Consort Alberich is ill, and Her Majesty unhappy with Bannon's loyal service. And there is still no reliable way to find a hansom when one needs it most...

The game is afoot. And the Red Plague rises. The fantastic follow-up to The Iron Wyrm Affair, set in an alternate Victorian world where magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head.

Redemption

Battlestar Galactica 1: Book 21

Brad Linaweaver
Richard Hatch

After fleeing planet Paradis and discovering that many of their ships were no longer capable of deep space travel, the Colonials were forced to hold a lottery to decide who in the fleet would live and who would have to stay behind and die.

Apollo, Sheba, and Koran forfeit their securred place in the fleet to stay behind with 800 other Colonials who have been chosen by the people's lottery to sacrafice their lives. They are suprised by the arrival of an ancient 13th tribe space ark, which has been freed from its frozen grave deep within the bowels of Paradis by the catostraphic destruction of the planet. They discover that the huge craft is habitable and capable of sustaining all surviving colonials who were forced to stay behind.

Bred for War

Battletech: Book 16

Michael A. Stackpole

After ascending the throne of the Federated Commonwealth, Prince Victor Steiner-Davion struggles to cope with the continuing threat of the Clans to the peace of the inner sphere and with the machinations of his own ambitious and treacherous sister.

Red Hands

Ben Walker: Book 3

Christopher Golden

A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out... and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves begin to die and she knows she must take action. But in the aftermath of this terror, it's Maeve who possesses that killing touch. Fleeing into the mountains, struggling with her own grief and confusion, Maeve faces the dawning realization that she will never be able to touch another human being again.

Weird s**t expert Ben Walker is surprised to get a call from Alena Boudreau, director of the newly restructured Global Science Research Coalition. There's an upheaval in the organization and she needs to send someone she can trust to Jericho Falls. Whoever finds Maeve Sinclair first will unravel the mystery of her death touch, and many are willing to kill her for that secret. Walker's assignment is to get her off the mountain alive. But as Maeve searches for a hiding place, hunted and growing sicker by the moment, she begins to hear an insidious voice in her head, and the yearning, the need... the hunger to touch another human being continues to grow.

When Walker and Maeve meet at last, they will unravel a stunning legacy of death and betrayal, and a malignant secret as old as history.

Masque of the Red Shift

Berserker

Fred Saberhagen

Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in If, November 1965. The story can also be found in the anthologies World's Best Science Fiction: 1966, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr and Visions of Wonder (1996), edited by David G. Hartwell and Milton T. Wolf. It is included in the collection Berserker (1967).

Mr. Jester

Berserker

Fred Saberhagen

Hugo Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in If, January 1966. The story is included in the collections Berserker (1967) and The Berserker Wars (1981).

Berserker

Berserker: Book 1

Fred Saberhagen

Long ago, in a distant part of the galaxy, two alien races met--and fought a war of mutual extinction. The sole legacy of that war was the weapon that ended it: the death machines, the BERSERKERS. Guided by self-aware computers more intelligent than any human, these world-sized battlecraft carved a swath of death through the galaxy--until they arrived at the outskirts of the fledgling Empire of Man.

These are the stories of the frail creatures who must meet this monstrous and implacable enemy--and who, by fighting it to a standstill, become the saviors of all living things.

Stories included:

  • Fortress Ship
  • Goodlife
  • In Temple of Mars
  • Mr. Jester
  • Masque of Red Shift
  • Patron of Arts
  • Peacemaker
  • Sign of the Wolf
  • Stone Place
  • Face of the Deep
  • What'T' and 'I' Did

Brother Assassin

Berserker: Book 2

Fred Saberhagen

Also published as BROTHER BERSERKER.

The novel is told in three parts, each part based on a short novel: Stone Man, Winged Helmet and Brother Berserker.

On the planet Sirgol the death machines have a unique and subtle mode of attack--for all the galaxy only on Sirgol is time travel possible. Now, fought to a standstill in the present, they have turned to the past in an attempt to destroy the very roots of life. The time and place of the next attack has been pinpointed: the berserkers will try to eliminate Vincent Vincento, an early genius whose loss will cost mankind a hundred years of progress in the physical sciences.

Derron Odegard, one of the elite corps of Time Operatives, has the toughest assignment in Sirgol's history: protect Vincento at any cost.

The berserkers have chosen to focus their latest attack upon one individual. Their target, King Ay of Queensland. His removal from history would have disastrous consequences for us . . . In nineteen or twenty days' present-time, the historical shock wave reaches us. I'm told that the chances of our finding the enemy keyhole within nineteen days are not good.

Rearing over the ship was a head out of nightmare: a dragon face from some evil legend. The eyes were clouded suns the size of silver platters, the scales of head and neck were gray and heavy as wet iron. The mouth was a coffin, lid opened just a crack, all fenced inside with daggers . . . Ay met it bravely. But the full thrust of his long sword, aimed straight into the darkness of the throat, counted for no more than a jab from a woman's pin. The doorllike jaws slammed shut. For a moment, as the monstrous head swept away on its long neck, there could be seen the horrible display of broken limbs dangling outside the teeth. . .

Berserker's Planet

Berserker: Book 3

Fred Saberhagen

Five hundred years have passed since the combined fleets of humanity met and broke the berserker armada at Stone Place. But through the human victory was total, one of the killer machines--weaponless, its star drive a ruin-- managed to limp to secret sanctuary on a planet called Hunter's World. Over the years since then a new cult has arisen there, a cult dedicated to Death as the only and ultimate Good. For Hunter's World has become BERSERKER'S PLANET.

The rifle stuttered in Suomi's hands. The sword-brandishing golem's left arm erupted in a spray of dry-looking particles and smoke as the man-thing spun in an incredible pirouette, more graceful by far than any wounded animal. Knocked off balance and deflected from its course by the shock of the rifle's force-packets, the towering shape slid past Suomi and on down the sloope.

But it did not fall. In another moment, near the bottom, it had regained full control and stopped its slide. Then it turned and was calmly climbing, like a mountain goat, at a fast run.

The sword, whirling and gleaming, came toward him once again . . .

Berserker Man

Berserker: Book 4

Fred Saberhagen

Once mankind feared the berserkers, killer machines determined to eradicate all life in the universe. But the Berserker Wars are over and the threat of the sentient doomsday devices is over. Or is it?

The berserkers are back, stronger and more unstoppable than before. And one strange child, half human and half machine, may be humanity's only hope -- or its final destroyer. Now the fate of civilization rests in the hands of BERSERKER MAN.

He was driving them in evasive maneuvers now, while the hull crashed like a gong, and flashes of enemy force were plain in the simultaneous overload of instruments. Flash and crash again, blinding stroke from the enemy and blending sigh of their own weapons lashing back, more in defiance than in any true hope of damaging Goliath. The berserker which had caught them by surprise was too big to fight, too fast to get away from, here in relatively open space. Nothing to do but dodge--

Yet again the berserker struck . . .

The Ultimate Enemy

Berserker: Book 5

Fred Saberhagen

BERSERKERS

The death machines are capable of any treachery, able to assume any disguise, motivated only by their prime directive: to seek out and destroy life wherever it may hide.

MAN

The fragile life-form that hides within its puny frame a curiously unquenchable something... call it 'spirit'. This odd facet of an otherwise undistinguished example of the disease of life has been a source of deep annoyance to the berserkers since first the two forms met: no wonder then that for each the other is THE ULTIMATE ENEMY

Contents:

  • The Smile
  • Pressure
  • The Annihilation of Angkor Apeiron
  • Inhuman Error
  • Some Events at the Templar Radiant
  • Starsong
  • Smasher
  • The Game
  • Wings Out of Shadow

The Berserker Wars

Berserker: Book 6

Fred Saberhagen

MESSAGE BEGINS
REPORT ON THE PRIVATE ARCHIVE OF THE THIRD HISTORIAN
A File which presents the History of the Galaxy...
Transmission Mode: Triplicate Message Torpedoes
Code: Trapdoor XIII
TX Date: 7645.11.0
From: Archivist Ingli, Expedition Co-ordinator
To: Chief Co-ordinator, Earth Archives
cc Defense Co-ordination Central

Hal: We're here, surrounded by friendly Carmpan of whom we rarely see more than one or two at a time, and then usually only with some partial or symbolic physical barrier between us. Everything is going pretty much as expected, we have experienced nothing really contrary to the experience of a thousand years' occasional and arm's-length contact with the race. By the way, it's beginning to look, to me at least, less and less coincidental that our first meeting with the Carmpan coincided almost exactly with the beginning of the Berserker War. I'll have more to say on this point presently.

Let me first describe what I consider to be our main achievement so far on this mission. To begin with, the structure in which we are living and working is best described as a large, comfortable library, and we have been given free access to storage systems. (I hope, by the way, that the exchange team of Carmpan researchers on Earth are being treated as well as we are here.) Much of this mass of stored data is, as we expected, still unintelligible to us and so far useless. But quite early in the game our hosts pointed out to us, for our special attention, an alcove containing what we've come to call the private archive of the Third Historian. Having looked at the files therein, my colleagues and I agree unanimously that they were very probably compiled and largely writeen by the same Carmpan individual who used that name (or title) as signature to the messages he composed and sent to our ancestors some generations ago, when the Berserker peril was even greater than it is today.

Since a copy of this report is going directly to the military, Hal, bear with me when I pause now and then to insert a paragraph or two of history. We can't reasonably expect that all the readers over there are going to know as much of it offhand as we do.

Stories included:

  • Stone Place
  • The Face of the Deep
  • What T and I Did?
  • Mr. Jester
  • The Winged Helmet
  • Starsong
  • Some Events at the Templar Radiant
  • Wings Out of Shadow
  • The Smile
  • The Adventure of the Metal Murderer
  • Patron of the Arts

Berserker Base

Berserker: Book 7

Fred Saberhagen

A Collaboration by Fred Saberhagen, Poul Anderson, Edward Bryant, Stephen R. Donaldson, Larry Niven, Connie Willis and Roger Zelazny.

Created in an ancient war, implacable machines programmed to destroy all life, they seem invincible. But now humanity has come to a berserker base; Lars, a prisoner of war who will not surrender; the crew of ASTER'S HOPE, peaceful explorers who must now learn to fight; and Holt and Morgan, who will use the alien skills of the primitive 'Reen to face the planet killers.

  • Itself Surprised - Roger Zelazny
  • Teardrop Falls - Larry Niven
  • With Friends Like These - Connie Willis
  • Deathwomb - Poul Anderson
  • What Makes Us Human - Steven R. Donaldson
  • Pirates of the Twilight - Ed Bryant:
  • Prisoners' Base - Fred Saberhagen
  • Friends Together - Fred Saberhagen
  • The Founts of Sorrow - Fred Saberhagen
  • The Great Secret - Fred Saberhagen
  • Dangerous Dreams - Fred Saberhagen
  • Crossing the Bar - Fred Saberhagen
  • Berserker Base - Fred Saberhagen

The Berserker Throne

Berserker: Book 8

Fred Saberhagen

The Empress of the Eight Worlds has been assassinated during the Holiday of Life festivities on the planet Salutai. Prince Harivarman, exiled and a virtual prisoner on the Templar Radiant, a vast spherical fortress constructed around an ancient, benign, star-like source of inverse gravity, suspects that he will be the next victim. Help is scarce: Garielle, the Prince's stunning redheaded lover, fears for her own safety. Anne Blenheim, the fortress's clear-eyed, fair Commander is favorably disposed toward the Prince, but her first responsibility is to the Templar High Command. Beatrix, the Prince's dark, iron-nerved yet seemingly demure wife, has already left him once. And Chen Shizuoka, the Templar recruit who has stayed a demonstration on Harivarman's behalf during the disastrous celebration on Salutai is being stalked by planetary security forces.

When Prince Harivarman discovers an operable Berserker--one of the asteroid-sized, spacefaring war machines that had destroyed their makers and all other life they found in their path--his first instinct is to turn it in. But then he finds an ancient code that will either allow him to control the dreaded machine or lead him--and everyone else on the Templar Radiant--to certain death.

. . . stunning plot twists and rich descriptions of the sophisticated and somehow desolate Templar landscape. The harrowing climax, set in the fortress's outer reaches where walls have been inscribed with a mysterious forgotten art form, will surpass the expectations of veteran Saberhagen fans and delight all those lucky enough to be savoring this author's otherworldly talent for page-turning suspense for the very first time. This fascinating journey is intergalactic travel at its most exciting.

Berserker Blue Death

Berserker: Book 9

Fred Saberhagen

The great blue berserker's destruction of the human colony Shubra was swift and merciless.

Niles Domingo's daughter lies among the dead.

Niles Domingo is a man with a mission: Vengeance at any cost. With one small ship, he sets out against the great berserker called Leviathan, tracking it through the interstellar mists of the Milkpail Nebula. He is sure he is ready for anything. But nothing can prepare hom for the astonishing discoveries that lie between him and Leviathan.

The Berserker Attack

Berserker: Book 10

Fred Saberhagen

Our wars were behind us. earth had a unfied governemnt and for the first time mankind was moving out from the planet of its birth. New worlds were settled and with the wealth of the galaxy at hand, poverty was eliminated. Then out of a clear summer sky came the first berserker attack.

These are tales from the final battles between life and non-life, between the great killing machines we came to call berserkers and humanity, all that it was or had ever held dear.

Contains:

  • Masque of the Red Shift
  • In the Temple of Mars
  • Brother Berserker
  • Smasher

Berserker Lies

Berserker: Book 11

Fred Saberhagen

Contents:

  • The Machinery of Lies
  • Masque of the Red Shift
  • In the Temple of Mars
  • Brother Berserker
  • Smasher

Berserker Kill

Berserker: Book 12

Fred Saberhagen

Long, long ago. . . two alien races fought a war of extinction. All that is left of either of them are the Berserkers: vast, thinking, space-faring, killer machines whose sole purpose is to destroy all living things. For the first time in all of their history, they have met a life form that has a chance of stopping them.

In the cold reaches of space, the Berserkers seize a floating laboratory full of human germ-plasm--stored for retrieval and growth in a future colonization project. But the ship contains millions of human lives. Why are the Berserkers not destroying them? And will the human pursuers manage to find the missing lab, defeat the Berserkers, and save the nascent lives?

A major Berserker novel -- one of Saberhagen's finest -- with one hell of a surprise up its sleeve.

Berserker Fury

Berserker: Book 13

Fred Saberhagen

Before George Lucas's Death Star, before Star Trek's Doomsday Machine, came the Berserkers: intelligent, space-faring killing machines whose sole purpose is to destroy all life. BERSERKER FURY is the latest in Fred Saberhagen's thrilling series, where mankind is pitted against the relentless machine organisms bend on destruction.

The Berserkers have developed a new trick: Berserker units that can pass for human-created androids. They're gambling on the advantage this gives them, and massing for an all-out attack on human-held space. But the humans have developed a trick of their own: they've cracked the Berserkers' basic codes and know what their battle plans are:

Both sides are betting everything they have.

For one of them, it will be the beginning of the end.

Shiva in Steel

Berserker: Book 14

Fred Saberhagen

In a sector of the galaxy occupied by Earth-descended people, one Berserker® computer has suddenly and mysteriously developed a tactical strategy unlike anything the human opposition has seen before. Shiva, like the Hindu god of destruction after which it was named, annihilates entire colonies with the help of its fiendish subordinates. Commander Claire Normandy struggles to prepare for Shiva's attacks, while Pilot Harry Silver realizes that he must deal with his own demons in order to help her. When the Berserkers approach, a decision is made to destroy the destroyer, whatever the cost. Neither side, however, is prepared for the incredible risks that emerge as the attack becomes imminent. Can Normandy, Silver, and their forces face the possbility that something wholly unexpected yet eerily familiar lies gnarled within the steel?

Berserker's Star

Berserker: Book 15

Fred Saberhagen

Acclaimed author Fred Saberhagen continues his widely popular and influential Berserker Series, a chronicle of a war between humanity and the terrifying race of sentient machines bent on death and destruction.

Pilot Harry Silver's name is known throughout the galaxy--and that notoriety does not always work in his favor. While he has defeated his share of Berserkers, he has also stolen a powerful weapon from the Space Force, making him a fugitive from the life he once knew. Looking for an adventure, and not one to turn down a lot of cash, Harry ag