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Hot Planet
An expedition team of scientists is exploring the planet Mercury. The constant rumblings of earthquakes and wind have shaken their ship, the Albireo. A small explorative party departs on tractors. It's then when the volcanic reaction starts. And it looks like the end of the team unless man's intelligence can beat the malevolent nature of a fiery planet!
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The Rat Racket
With Dr. Keller's genius for hitting at vital spots every time, he now gives us a brand new idea and an ingenious solution. We hope no racketeers read this story. They might, as a result, cause the police some trouble. Fortunately, however, the racket has a flaw. A tale from the Golden Age of science fiction, originally published in the November 1931 issue of Amazing Stories.
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Death Cry [Outlanders #47]
Decades after the nukecaust, Earth's fate remains in a stranglehold. The stunning otherworldly design of the blueprint for domination is crucial to rescuing humanity from eternal slavery. As the Cerberus exiles dare to challenge the planet's increasingly powerful usurpers, the battle to navigate time and dimension continues--aided by brute force and the age-old strategies of war. Kane and the team learn of a secret doomsday weapon rumored to be hidden in Russia. But where would the paranoid scie... more info>>
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Strange Appetites [An AEssyrian World Adventure Book 5]
As General Gavin Theron knows all too well, being in command of the AEssyrian army isn't easy. Buried deep in the jungle of the Empire's last conquered territory is a holdout race of strange people rumored not only to be fierce fighters but also cannibals. The general has already lost one legion to these savages and doesn't plan to loose another. Knowing he must go himself if there is to be any hope of conquering them, the general is ill prepared for what he finds in the dense jungle forests. Fo... more info>>
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The Jameson Satellite
The mammoths of the ancient world have been wonderfully preserved in the ice of Siberia. The cold, only a few miles out in space, will be far more intense than in the polar regions and its power of preserving the dead body would most probably be correspondingly increased. When the hero-scientist of this story knew he must die, he conceived a brilliant idea for the preservation of his body, the result of which even exceeded his expectations. A tale from the Golden Age of science fiction, original... more info>>
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Star Mother
A touching story of the most enduring love in all eternity. A tale from the Golden Age of science fiction, originally published in Amazing Stories, January 1959.
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Through the Purple Cloud
From the early days of Pulp Science Fiction comes this tale from an SF Grand Master. George Cleland, while returning home on a small passenger plane with three other passengers, flew into a purple cloud that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Passing through the cloud they plummet into the black mountains under a blood red sky. The purple cloud is a gateway into the fourth dimension that takes them to a weird and inhospitable world. George and his new friend and love interest, Juanita, have to su... more info>>
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The Good Neighbors
You can't blame an alien for a little inconvenience--as long as he makes up for it! A short classic from the author of "Davy," "A Mirror for Observers," "West of the Sun," and many others.
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Ancient Whispers from Tomorrow
First alien contact. We've dreamed of what that may be like over a long time and several answers have been proffered. None of them have been as bizarre as this. None of them taxed the imagination as much as "Ancient Whispers from Tomorrow" does. It is difficult enough to take in the idea of coming face to face with something truly alien, but this book gives us a ringside seat to just such an event. Walk the regolith of Mars and see the "thing at North Head City." If you dare. Tina Tamran, Chief ... more info>>
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it could be ANYTHING
Keith Laumer, well-known for his tales of adventure and action, shows us a different side of his talent in this original, exciting and thought-provoking exploration of the meaning of meaning. Originally published in Amazing Stories, January 1963.
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Arrival [Book Three]
Picture Gisel Matah, the kick-butt security agent of Deadly Enterprise and The Wildcat's Victory, as a sixteen year old starship brat. Gisel is the youngest aboard the Iskander, at odds with her father, as irreverent and critical of everything as only a teenager can be, but full of wit and promise for the future. Four years earlier than the other adventures, the starship becomes stranded at the wrong planet, and a chain of events unfold that lead to the Iskanders bringing the wrath of several en... more info>>
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The K-Factor
Speed never hurt anybody--it's the sudden stop at the end. It's not how much change that signals danger, but how fast it's changing.... A classic from the Golden Age of Science Fiction, selected and edited by the legendary John W. Campbell, Jr. for "Analog."
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Heroes Die Young
A derelict freighter abandoned in outer space is too much for space pirate Aston West to pass up and he can't fight the urge to pilfer its valuable cache of illegal weapons. However, the ship's one last occupant has other ideas and fights to maintain her hold on the weaponry. After attack craft return to finish the ship off, Aston has no choice but to save her from certain destruction. Who is she? What are the weapons for? Why was the freighter destroyed? For every answer he finds, he discovers ... more info>>
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Embers of the Past
An orphaned teenage warrior is reunited with his sister after ten years apart, but as he struggles to fit in with his natural people a social worker kidnaps him so he can be brainwashed and retrained to behave appropriately.
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The Stainless Steel Rat in The Missing Battleship
Slippery Jim diGriz--a.k.a. The Stainless Steel Rat--is back in this classic adventure, originally published in the April, 1960 issue of Astounding Science Fiction! It might seem a little careless to lose track of something as big as a battleship ... but interstellar space is on a different scale of magnitude. But a misplaced battleship--in the wrong hands!--can be most dangerous.
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Carlina's Calling [Darkover series]
Carlina was a Priestess of Avarra. Jandria was a Guild-mother of the Sisterhood of the Sword. But neither order had a place for Jandria's forsworn oath-daughter and her newborn child, so Carlina and Jandria decided to found a new one, combining the features of both, to be a haven for all women who would come to them.
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The Perfect Woman
Thirty years in the future a man can experience a relationship with a very unique woman...because she is manufactured for him. One man finds love with this "perfect woman," only he never bargained in having to stop a world takeover. In the end, he must make a decision: does he save the world at the risk of losing his truest love, or is there another answer?
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The Defenders
Taylor felt life was pretty good. Sure living in an underground bunker developing more sophisticated weapons to bomb the Soviets was less than ideal. But he had a pretty wife, and he was safe from the radioactive poisoned enviroment that existed above ground. The leadies, a sophisticated robot servant, could inform them of the devastating destruction, the bombed out cities, and the further Soviet attacks. But it was a strange fact that the latest leadie to return to the bunker showed no sign of ... more info>>
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3rd World Products: Book 12
Searching for an NSA agent's missing sister turns up hidden gold and an Amaran flitter buried in the 17th century by an eruption of Glacier Peak volcano. Missing Russian suitcase nukes are discovered in Las Vegas and several other US cities and new AI flitter goddess Catherine is born in the midst of a crisis.
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Coming Attraction
A future New York City has changed since a nuclear bomb left areas of radiation that threaten the residents. Women wear coverings over their faces as the latest fashion trend. An Englishman in New York saves a girl from a speeding coupe with fish hooks on its fender. He finds himself attracted and repelled by the girl in this classic story of future shock from a science-fiction grand master.
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Operation Desert Fox
Just because Bachman's World was back-of-beyond of nowhere, and even the most conservative of military planners thought their insistence on having an on-planet defense force to be paranoid in the extreme, that did not negate their right to have it. The law was on their side. But a creative military bean-counter found a cheap solution. Instead of sending the requested Reserve battalion, he sent one man and an outmoded Bolo.
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Blackjack
In the year 2066, Rica Marin--mercenary, spy, torch singer--travels the crumbling roads of a half-civilized America, taking any assignment that pays well? until her latest job at a casino in Tahoe shows her the people she's spying on may represent the least of several possible evils?
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Cradle's End [The Nord Chronicles: Book Four]
If the religious fanatics had their way, all life on Earth would soon be destroyed. In the perverted view of their twisted leader, it was the commandment of God that they hasten the final judgment. The plan was nearing completion as the first ark carrying two hundred thousand humans, animals, and seed stock prepared to launch toward the newly discovered world. It would be a race between competing factions, one trying to save a remnant human civilization while the other sought to destroy it. It w... more info>>
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The Gun
A small crew aboard a spaceship exploring planets are reluctant to land on a planet that show signs of fission. A planet likely destroyed by nuclear war. Mile after mile of unbroken ruin stretched out, blackened slag, pitted and scarred, and occasional heaps of rock. Before the crew can leave the atmosphere, they are struck by an atomic shell. Soon they are falling to the dead planet. But if it's dead what fired that weapon? Originally published in the September, 1952 issue of Planet Stories.
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Hearts of Stone
Graff and Graff had trumped her every effort to beat them to the treasures of the past, but Elizabeth meant to beat them at their game. Whatever she had to do, she meant to mark the treasure of Basing Castle for herself--even if it meant seducing the unnervingly irresistible Captain Peregrine Dalton to get to the treasure first and mark it. She had a heart of stone. She hadn't counted on lust and she certainly hadn't counted on losing her heart to one of the defenders who'd died when Cromwell cr... more info>>
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