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Cosmic Exodus

by John Russell Fearn Conrad G. Holt

Following a civil war in 1971, England is a dystopia controlled by a ruthless dictator whose fiendish schemes include turning cadavers into robots with the help of Dr. Azimov of Vienna. But the dictator's plans pale before those of Brenda Norcross, a brilliant and beautiful female industrialist - actually a bioengineered Martian super scientist in disguise - who plans to enslave the entire planet to provide breeding stock for the dying Martian race currently hiding out in the interior of Uranus.

The Hell Fruit

by John Russell Fearn Laurence F. Rose

A space opera in which an interplanetary criminal reminiscent of Charteris' character, The Saint, foils a plot to flood Earth with an addictive Venusian fruit.

Cataclysm

by Vargo Statten John Russell Fearn

Young provincial Martin Clegg has long suspected he has a twin in the constellation of Orion - his girlfriend and psychiatrist are sceptical.

The Sun Makers

by Vargo Statten John Russell Fearn

A dangerous experiment in physics to create a sun in miniature results in a strange invasion from the fourth dimension.

The Petrified Planet

by Vargo Statten John Russell Fearn

A super computer asked to answer the question "what is time?" freezes Earth and everything on it in a single moment in time.

Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction

by Hannu Rajaniemi

Mindblowingly inventive and beautifully written short stories from the most exciting new name in SFHannu Rajaniemi exploded onto the SF scene in 2010 with the publication of his first novel The Quantum Thief. Acclaimed by fellow authors such as Charles Stross, Adam Roberts and Alastair Reynolds and brilliantly reviewed everywhere from Interzone to the Times and the Guardian he swiftly established a reputation as an author who could combine extraordinary cutting edge science with beautiful prose and deliver it all with wit, warmth and a delight in the fun of storytelling.It is exactly these qualities that are showcased in this his first collection of short stories. Drawn from antholgies and magazines and online publication and brought together in book form for the first time in this collection here is a collection of seventeen short stories that range from the lyrical to the bizarre, from the elegaic to the impish. It is a collection that shows one of the great new imaginations in SF having immense fun.

Odyssey of Nine

by John Russell Fearn Vargo Statten

A classic SF title from the prolific pulp author John Russell Fearn, writing here as Vargo Statten.

Pioneer 1990

by John Russell Fearn Vargo Statten

From the ether came mysterious messages announcing that a hitherto unknown Englishman had conquered space, flown to Venus, and is now on his way back to Earth. The fact that science's most highly developed range and frequency finders are unable to pinpoint the actual source of the voice is looked upon as absolute proof that they are hearing from outer space. The aggressive and autocratic quality about the way in which the eccentric Ardath Steele makes his proclamations not only annoys Betty Travers, ace reporter on the Daily Searchlight, but also deciders her to embark on a one-woman vendetta to prove that Steele is an impostor. Even when the spaceship finally lands she remains the only sceptic in a country full of pride in its first space explorer.

The Interloper

by John Russell Fearn Vargo Statten

A tremendous story of the war of ascendancies between Earth, Venus and mars, of how their hates were being fanned by a power-drunk armament baron whose sinister intrigues were pitted against a still greater power by far - a power who was setting out to teach a new philosophy of mutual trust and understanding between the planets. Who was THE INTERLOPER? Who were those behind his activities?

I Spy

by John Russell Fearn Vargo Statten

When, in 1970, television has reached the peak of perfection, in that it it embodies colour and 3D, it seems that there is little more that can be done to improve it. Curtis Drew, a television engineer, is one of the new army of television "hams" - those amateurs who, as in the days of radio, spend a lot of spare time transmitting and receiving messages purely for the fun of it. He believes, however, that television can even yet be used for other purposes and be capable of many modifications. Prompted by his sister, whose work lies in a city hospital, he sets to work to combine the X-ray with television - calling it the Z-ray - his primary object being the study of a human being's interior for the benefit of surgery. His idea does not work out. Instead, an accident reveals something else and opens up the real, overwhelming possibilities of the Z-ray. In short, Curtis Drew discovers "pure" television, in that he can pick up any scene, anywhere, anytime. Nothing is private any more. Curtis Drew, his sister and her fiance stand on the brink of a new and amazing vista...

When The Gods Came

by John Glasby John Adams

Men had fought wars throughout history, but never such a war as the one which destroyed the cities of earth and turned vast areas into badlands, stretches of intense radioactivity where nothing could grow and no one could live. It also produced the deviates, mutants who had warped bodies and strange talents. But there were others who had still stranger talents, mental powers exceeding those of the mutants, and whose bodies did not bear the sign of the deviate. Their origin could not be traced to an atomic war; even they themselves had no idea whence they came. Forced to take part in the abortive war between the Eastern and Western Federations, one man and one man eventually escaped and discovered creatures similar to themselves. But to discover their origin they had to go back five thousand years; and the answer lay not on earth, but somewhere in the stars.

Space Void

by John Glasby Victor La Salle

They came out of the void, from Venus, only to find there was no answer to their radio signals. Earth seemed dead. And on the Moon, Man's greatest achievement, the Lunar Military Base was a mass of rubble and blasted wreckage.Here, the crew of the Stellar Polaris, led by Commander John Forrest, discovered one sole survivor. He was mad! To their questions he could only answer that the children had destroyed the armed might of the Military Base.When they finally reached Earth, they found that what he had said was true. The children had taken over control of the world. But then, these were no ordinary children - and their little weapons were almost enough to overthrow the armed superiority of the Stellar Polaris herself!

Twilight Zone

by Victor La Salle John Glasby

Only a cosmic miracle could save mankind from extinction on Mercury...

Dark Andromeda

by A. J. Merak John Glasby

Earth was threatened with attach from the huge space-fleets of the Hundred Suns of Andromeda - an attack that the Terran Fleet could not hope to defeat.Only one chance remained to prevent Earth's destruction, and that was the chance that a skilled and experienced saboteur might just have time strike his blow before the enemy could launch the attack.It was Captain Blair whose mission this became, and it was his ace-saboteur who raced against death in planet after planet, as the zero-hour approached when Earth would face the attacking fleets of DARK ANDROMEDA.

Alien

by John E. Muller John Glasby

They came out of the great abyss which lay around the Earth, from the planet of a star so distant that it could not be seen with the naked eye. Their purpose was survival and the conquest of Earth. They were alien and possessed a mysterious force which lay at the very origin of human comprehension; the ability to enter into a man's mind, to make him think the thoughts they chose, to make him hear and see and feel the things they wanted.Against such a force there seemed no defence; for who could say that the man or woman by his side was not motivated by one of these creatures? Who could say that his own thoughts and senses belonged to him and not to some 'thing' seated in some alien way inside his brain?

Sundog

by Brian Ball

The Solar System was imprisoned. Locked in a vast, invisible screen. Set there by something - or someone - but no one knew why... And man, banned from the stars, turned inward to himself, to a world of carefully controlled thoughts and ideas, a world where it was forbidden to dream...

Singularity Station

by Brian Ball

Robotic minds made interstellar travel possible, but human minds still controlled the destination and purpose of such flight. Conflict develops only when a programmed brain cannot evaluate beyond what is visible and substantial, whereas the human mind is capable of infinite imagination - including that which is unreal. Such was the problem at the singularity in space in which the ALTAIR STAR and a hundred other vessels had come to grief. At that spot, natural laws seem subverted - and some other universe's rules impinged. For Buchanan, the station meant a chance to observe and maybe rescue his lost vessel. For the robotic navigators of oncoming spaceships, the meaning was different. And at Singularity Station the only inevitable was conflict.

Deep Freeze

by Jonathan Burke

Scientific progress has taken human beings to remote planes in far galaxies and enabled them to build comfortable homes there. But when that science proved a deadly enemy and had to be abandoned, the pioneers were isolated in alien surroundings. There was no way home. Earth, which had once been home, had ceased to exist. And when the men of the planet Demeter died out in space, the destiny of the human race was left to a group of women. Clare Monkton worked to establish a feminist world. She used the resources of science to assure the continuance of the race ... but the resulting children were to be brought up according to her ideas. There was bound to be a challenge. When there were once more young men growing up on the planet, it was inevitable that they should oppose the authority of the women. And when one of those young men proved to come from such a dangerous ancestry, Clare knew she had a battle on her hands...

Fifth Planet

by Geoffrey Hoyle Fred Hoyle

The year is 2087. The two great power blocs still face each other, with Britain having adopted the political role formerly occupied by Switzerland.For 75 years the world has known the approach of another solar system which will pass between our sun and its outermost planets. The sun of the other solar system is named Helios by astronomers, and it too is found to have planets. Its fifth planet, Achilles, is the one most similar to Earth; and rival rocket ship expeditions are launched by the Euro-American and Communist blocs to explore this transient neighbour ... From here on the story is weird and wonderful, the action lively; the scientific ideas are intriguing and the social satire is amusing.

Seven Steps to the Sun

by Geoffrey Hoyle Fred Hoyle

Mike Jerome, a likeable 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 himself living the time change himself! At the end of each stop he tries to find his best friend, Pete Jones, a Negro jazz musician. 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. At the very end of this outstanding science fiction adventure by a noted father-son team, there is a slyly ambiguous twist which leaves the reader wondering...

The Inferno

by 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.Sir Fred Hoyle, world-renowned astrophysicist, and his son, Geoffrey Hoyle, have set their newest science fiction thriller not only in London and Scotland, but also at the University of Charlottesville, and in Australia as well.The result is an intriguing, fast-paced novel written with a wry humour and offering some fascinating glimpses of and gibes at astronomy.

Into Deepest Space

by Geoffrey Hoyle Fred Hoyle

Sequel to Rockets in Ursa MajorFrom 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.

The Way Back

by A. Bertram Chandler

Lost in space...lost in time. There can be no more terrifying situation for any spaceman to be in, and such was the problem when Commodore Grimes' Faraway Quest broke free from the mysterious Kinsolving's Planet.Because the universe was vast and they had been out beyond the Galactic Lens. Because time is infinite and they had slipped beyond their own epoch. Because in whatever universe they were in they could raise no etheric word, no telepathic beacon, no other star vessel.But for John Grimes, a veritable Commodore Hornblower of the future space seas, there had to be a way back. The first step was to locate Earth, the launching place for all humanity.But Earth turned out to be legend and myth and faith - and Grimes' rebellious crew were to enact roles already fabled before they were born.

Into the Alternate Universe

by A. Bertram Chandler

Rim ghosts are real! Intruders from alternate universes appearing where the fabric of space is thin. Sonya and John Grimes find themselves in an alternate universe.

To Prime the Pump

by A. Bertram Chandler

El Dorado is a planet with a problem, the men are infertile and the woman are getting out of hand. Its up to John Grimes to save them from deadly peril.

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