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Crystal Age, A

By: William Henry Hudson

A Crystal Age is a utopian novel written by W. H. Hudson, first published in 1887. The book has been called a significant S-F milestone and has been noted for its anticipation of the modern ecological mysticism that would evolve a century later....

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Well at the World's End, The, Book 1: The Road unto Love

By: William Morris

The Well at the World's End is thought to be one of the first examples of an entirely fictional fantasy world, and has greatly influenced later fantasy writers such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The book follows the travels of Ralph, a prince of a tiny country, as he disobeys his fathers wishes and runs away from home to adventure in the world, and seek out the fabled Well at World's End, said to grant eternal youth to those who drink from it. (Summary by BumbleVee)...

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Man in the Moone, The

By: Francis Godwin

A self-serving Spaniard discovers a means of traveling to the moon, describing his sensations in transit in terms remarkably consistent with modern astronauts' experiences. He finds on the moon a utopia, which he describes in detail, but being a fallen creature, he takes the first opportunity of coming home. ( Summary by Thomas A. Copeland )...

Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Science fiction

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Space Tug

By: Murray Leinster

Joe Kenmore heard the airlock close with a sickening wheeze and then a clank. In desperation he turned toward Haney. My God, we've been locked out! Through the transparent domes of their space helmets, Joe could see a look of horror and disbelief pass across Haney's face. But it was true! Joe and his crew were locked out of the Space Platform. Four thousand miles below circled the Earth. Under Joe's feet rested the solid steel hull of his home in outer space. But without tools there was no hope of getting back inside. Joe looked at his oxygen meter. It registered thirty minutes to live. (Summary from Gutenberg text)...

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Last Man, The

By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Last Man is an early post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Mary Shelley, which was first published in 1826. The book tells of a future world that has been ravaged by a plague. The plague gradually kills off all people. Lionel Verney, central character, son of a nobleman who gambled himself into poverty, finds himself immune after being attacked by an infected negro, and copes with a civilization that is gradually dying out around him. (Summary from wikipedia)...

Science fiction, Fiction, Teen/Young adult

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Wanted - 7 Fearless Engineers!

By: Warner Van Lorne ; Frederick Orlin Tremaine

A great civilization's fate lay in Dick Barrow's hands as he led his courageous fellow engineers into a strange and unknown land. None of them knew what lay ahead--what dangers awaited them--or what rewards. But they did not hesitate because the first question asked them had been: Are you a brave man? (Summary from jacket blurb/intro)...

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Auf zwei Planeten

By: Kurd Laßwitz

Als die Wissenschaftler Saltner, Grunthe und Thorm in einem Ballon aufbrechen, um den Nordpol zu erforschen, ahnen sie nicht, dass ihnen eine weit größere Entdeckung bevorsteht. Am Pol finden sie eine Station der Bewohner des Mars, die sich selbst Nume nennen. Von hier aus erforschen sie die Erde, die sie Ba nennen, und deren Bewohner, die Bate. Der Ballon verunglückt, Saltner und Grunthe werden von den Numen gerettet, doch Thorms Schicksal ist ungewiss, man befürchtet, dass er den Absturz nicht überlebt hat. Die beiden Geretteten werden von den Marsbewohnern gastfreundlich in deren Station aufgenommen. Sie erleben die Nume als sehr menschenähnliche Wesen mit weit überlegener Technik. Um sich gegenseitig besser kennen zu lernen, werden Saltner und Grunthe auf den Mars gebracht. Unterdessen trifft ein Luftschiff der Nume auf ein englisches Kriegsschiff und wird von diesem beschossen. Die Nume beschließen daraufhin die Unterwerfung der Erde und ihrer primitiven Bewohner. Der Roman Auf zwei Planeten (1897) mit seinen über 1.000 Seiten gehört zu den wichtigsten deutschen Science-Fiction-Romanen, der auch in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt...

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Journey from This World to the Next, A

By: Henry Fielding

The narrator dies in the first sentence. Through relating his travels in the afterlife, Henry Fielding, author of Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews, gently satirizes life here on earth. (Summary by Denny Sayers)...

Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

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Organic Gardener's Composting

By: Steve Solomon

Science, Nature, Instruction

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Creature from Beyond Infinity, The

By: Henry Kuttner

A lone space traveler arrives on Earth seeking a new planet to colonize, his own world dead. At the same time a mysterious plague has infected Earth that will wipe out all life. Can a lone scientist stop the plague and save the world? Or will the alien find himself on another doomed planet? (Summary by Mark Nelson)...

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Sky Is Falling, The

By: Lester del Rey

After dying in a terrible accident at a building site, Dave Hanson finds himself being brought back to life in a world where magic is real, and where the sky is breaking apart and falling. And he is expected to put it back together again. Will he be able to save this strange world, and his own new life? (Summary by Karen Savage)...

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Astounding Stories of Super-Science, September 1930

By: Various ; Harry Bates

This is a collection of short science fiction stories by various writers, circa 1930. Writers include Paul Ernst, Miles Breuer, Ray Cummings, Sewell Wright, and others. (Summary by BellonaTimes)...

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Invisible Man, The (Version 2)

By: H. G. Wells

Terrifically popular science fiction novel by renowned writer HG Wells, about a scientist discovering how to achieve invisibility. But, in his case, being out of sight evidently does NOT mean out of mind. (Summary by Cathy Barratt)...

Adventure, Science fiction

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Doctor Ox's Experiment

By: Jules Verne

An early, light-hearted short story, published in 1872 by Jules Verne. It takes place in the Flemish town of Quiquendone, where life moves at an extraordinarily tranquil pace. Doctor Ox has offered to light the town with a new gas, but actually has other plans in place. (Summary by Alan Winterrowd)...

Adventure, Fantasy, Humor

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Ansiedelung auf dem Meeresgrunde, Die

By: Robert Kraft

Die Ansiedlung auf dem Meeresgrunde erschien 1901 im Rahmen der 10 Hefte umfassenden Serie „Aus dem Reiche der Phantasie“, wobei jedes Heft eine abgeschlossene Geschichte ist. Die Reihe wurde von Robert Kraft in Genre der Jules Verne’schen Schriften gehalten und für die Jugend geschrieben. Sie erschien im Münchmeyer Verlag. (Summary by Wassermann)...

Fiction, Fantasy

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Farthest North, Volume II

By: Fridtjof Nansen

Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship Fram, 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months' Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen / by Fridtjof Nansen ; with an Appendix by Otto Sverdrup (Summary by Fridtjof Nansen)...

Memoirs, Science, Adventure

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Five Sci-Fi Short Stories by H. Beam Piper

By: H. Beam Piper

Five short stories by classic science fiction writer H. Beam Piper.

Science fiction, Short stories

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Chessmen of Mars, The

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Chessmen of Mars is a science fiction novel by the mental sword and physical pen wielding author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It the fifth installment of his Barsoom series. The Chessmen of Mars is a tale of wonder and excellence that follows John Carter and Dejah Thoris, along with their daughter Tara, princess of Helium, as she is sought after by Gahan, Jed of Gathol. Adventure and perile ensue as the story unfolds. Note: The Prelude and Chapter 1 are read by two different readers. Variety is the spice of life. (Summary by tubeyes)...

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Masters of Space

By: E. E. “Doc” Smith ; Edward Everett Evans

The Masters had ruled all space with an unconquerable iron fist. But the Masters were gone. And this new, young race who came now to take their place--could they hope to defeat the ancient Enemy of All? (Summary by Gutenberg)...

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Time Machine, The

By: H. G. Wells

The Time Machine is a novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1895, later made into two films of the same title. This novel is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively. (Summary from wikipedia.org)...

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