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Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 1

Philip Francis Nowlan

This book is a combination of the two original Buck Rogers stories (Armadeddon 2419 A.D. and The Airlords of Han) together as one.

This is the story of how World War One veteran Anthony Rogers, after investigating an incident at a remote mine, wakes up five hundred years in the future. He awakes to a occupied America, ruled by the Air Lords of the Han with there gleaming cities and giant air ships suspended on beams of force. The Han supress the remants of the American population who live by stealh in the forests with hidden factories and plans to liberate thier homeland from the Han invaders. Buck Rogers, with his knowledge of long forgotten combat and tactics, comes to their aid. With his help, the Han's days are numbered.

The Mightiest Machine

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 2

John W. Campbell, Jr.

A million light-years from Earth, one solitary experimental spaceship floated amidst a vast fleet of strange starships, hurtled into the unmapped void by a revolutionary new concept in space mechanics!

Alien Planet

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 3

Fletcher Pratt

This novel is an expansion of "A Voice Across the Years," a story first published in Amazing Stories Quarterly, Winter 1932.

Two Earthmen, Merrick Wells and Alvin Schierstedt, meet Ashembe of Murashema, who has come from beyond the stars on an urgent mission.


Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 4

Thea von Harbou

This city of the future encompasses two worlds: that of the hedonistic ruling class and that of a segregated subculture, toilers in a mechanized underworld who labor to provide the rich with their pleasures. When a charismatic leader arises, she seeks a savior to unite the disparate social orders. "Between the brain that plans and the hands that build," she declares, "there must be a mediator? the heart."

The Galaxy Primes

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 5

E. E. "Doc" Smith

They were four of the greatest minds in the Universe: Two men and two women, all Psionic Primes, lost in an experimental spaceship billions of parsecs from home. And as they mentally charted the cosmos to find their way back to Earth, their own loves and hates were as startling as the worlds they encountered...

Here is E. E. Smith's classic science fiction novel -- one of the greatest space operas of all time!

The Radio Planet

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 6

Ralph Milne Farley

Myles Cabot, a radio expert and inventor of radio transmission of matter, who has married Princess Lilla, the queen of Cupia on the planet Venus, returns to the earth for a visit.

When Princess Lilla sends an SOS, Cabot starts back to Cupia by wireless but a thunderstorm throws him off course and he lands on a different continent where he is confronted by his old enemies, Prince Yuri and the Formians, the giant ant-men of Venus!

A Brand New World

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 8

Ray Cummings

The new planet came out of the infinite deeps of insterstellar space, moved in towards the sunlike a comet, and stayed -- a new member of the Solar System, between Earth and Venus. Xenephrene it was named and it made a pretty vision in the evening sky... until other things began to appear in the heavens. flying things, strange visitants, myterious lights -- and people knew then that they were no longer alone. Xenephrene was inhabited, and its inhabitants were discovering the Earth. But were they coming as friends or as invaders? For trade or for conquest?

The Ultimate Weapon

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 9

John W. Campbell, Jr.

Appeared in Ace Double G-585 (1966).


The star Mira was unpredictably variable. Sometimes it was blazing, brilliant and hot. Other times it was oddly dim, cool, shedding little warmth on its many planets. Gresth Gkae, leader of the Mirans, was seeking a better star, one to which his "people" could migrate. That star had to be steady, reliable, with a good planetary system. And in his astronomical searching, he found Sol.

With hundreds of ships, each larger than whole Terrestrial spaceports, and traveling faster than the speed of light, the Mirans set out to move in to Solar regions and take over.

And on Earth there was nothing which would be capable of beating off this incredible armada -- until Buck Kendall stumbled upon THE ULTIMATE WEAPON.

The Radio Beasts

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 10

Ralph Milne Farley

Myles Standish Cabot, radio genius, who solved the secret of the wireless transmission of matter, returns to Earth from the planet Venus, who inhabitants, the Cupians, are much like men, except that they have antennae instead of ears, and communicate by radio. Cabot relates how the conquered Formians, giant, intelligent ant-men, conspired with Prince Yuri, a renegade Cupian, and his followers to again take control of the planet.

Sentinels from Space

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 11

Eric Frank Russell

A peril-packed novel by the acclaimed author of Men, Martians and Machines, the story involves an attack on Earth by both Venus and Mars -- and features sabotage squads with the ability to read thoughts, start fires by merely pointing a finger, and change their appearance to match anyone's. And now interplanetary agent David Raven is asked to outwit them all and restore peace.

The Brain-Stealers

Science Fiction from the Great Years: Book 13

Murray Leinster

Strange exiles were landing throughout the night... exiles from the unknown depths of outer space -- seeking human beings for food!

Science Fiction: the Great Years

The Great Years: Book 1

Frederik Pohl
Carol Pohl

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction the First - essay by Frederik Pohl
  • Introduction the Second - essay by Carol Pohl
  • ...And Then There Were None - (1951) - novella by Eric Frank Russell
  • The Liberation of Earth - (1953) - shortstory by William Tenn
  • Old Faithful - (1934) - novelette by Raymond Z. Gallun
  • Placet Is a Crazy Place - (1946) - shortstory by Fredric Brown
  • Wings of the Lightning Land - (1941) - novelette by Frederik Pohl
  • The Little Black Bag - (1950) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • A Matter of Form - (1938) - novella by H. L. Gold

Science Fiction: The Great Years, Volume II

The Great Years: Book 2

Frederik Pohl
Carol Pohl


  • 7 - Introduction (Science Fiction: The Great Years, Volume II) - (1976) - essay by Carol Pohl and Frederik Pohl
  • 9 - The Rull - [Rull] - (1948) - novelette by A. E. van Vogt
  • 49 - And Be Merry... - (1950) - shortstory by Katherine MacLean
  • 77 - The Sack - (1950) - shortstory by William Morrison
  • 105 - Mewhu's Jet - (1946) - novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
  • 155 - Time Is the Traitor - (1953) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • 185 - Columbus Was a Dope - (1947) - shortstory by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 191 - When Time Went Mad - (1950) - novella by Dirk Wylie and Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr.