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Station X

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 3

G. McLeod Winsor

A radio operator receives a message from Venusians, warning of an impending invasion by Martians. The Martains are capable of transferring their minds, and would simply take over the bodies of people on Earth. The Martians begin by taking over a naval vessel, outfitting it with antigravity and advanced weaponry. Fortunately, the vessel is defeated and the invasion is repelled.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 4

Yevgeny Zamyatin

In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity - until D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul.

Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, "We" is the classic dystopian novel and was the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984. It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom, yet is also a powerful, exciting and vivid work of science fiction.

The Shape of Things to Come

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 5

H. G. Wells

A prescient look at humankind's future

When a diplomat dies in the 1930s, he leaves behind a book of "dream visions" he has been experiencing, detailing events that will occur on Earth for the next 200 years. This fictional account of the future (similar to Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon) proved prescient in many ways, as Wells predicts events such as World War II, the rise of chemical warfare, and climate change.

Tales and Stories

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 6

Mary Shelley


  • The Mortal Immortal - (1833) - shortstory
  • Transformation - (1830) - shortstory (variant of The Transformation)
  • The Pilgrims - (1838) - novelette
  • The Elder Son - (1835) - novelette
  • Euphrasia - (1839) - shortstory
  • The Pole - (1832) - novelette
  • The Parvenue - (1836) - shortstory
  • The Brother and Sister - (1833) - novelette
  • The Invisible Girl - (1832) - shortstory
  • The Swiss Peasant - (1830) - novelette
  • A Tale of the Passions: or, The Death of Despina - (1822) - novelette
  • The False Rhyme - (1830) - shortstory
  • The Mourner - (1830) - novelette
  • The Dream - (1831) - shortstory
  • The Evil Eye - (1830) - novelette
  • Ferdinando Eboli - (1828) - novelette
  • Introduction (Tales and Stories) - (1891) - essay by Richard Garnett
  • Introduction (Tales and Stories) - (1975) - essay by Joanna Russ

The Science Fiction of Jack London

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 7

Jack London

Jack London is one of a number of important American authors who wrote science fiction in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His works include future war stories, social projections, wonderful inventions and evolutionary fantasies. This original anthology includes London's famous short novels: The Scarlet Plague, a post-catastrophe story in which the lone survivor of a terrible plague in the twenty-first century unsuccessully tries to warn the youth of a primitive tribe about man's potential for self-destruction; and The Red One, which concerns an alien object, perhaps a spaceship, which came to earth thousands of years ago and is still worshipped by savages as a God. Nine shorter science fiction pieces round out the anthology to demonstrate London's very definite place in the history and development of science fiction.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction · Richard Gid Powers
  • "A Relic of the Pliocene" · Colliers Jan 12 '01
  • "The Minions of Midas" · Pearson's Magazine (US) May '01
  • "The Shadow and the Flash" · The Bookman Jun '03
  • "A Curious Fragment" · Town Topics Dec 10 '08
  • "Goliah" · The Bookman Feb '10
  • "The Dream of Debs" · The International Socialist Review Jan '09
  • "The Unparalleled Invasion" · McClure's Jul '10
  • "When the World Was Young" · The Saturday Evening Post Sep 10 '10
  • "The Strength of the Strong" · Hampton's Mar '11
  • "The Scarlet Plague" · The London Magazine Jun '12
  • Illustrations to "The Scarlet Plague" · Gordon Grant
  • "The Red One" · Cosmopolitan Oct '18

War with the Newts

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 9

Karel Capek

One of the great anti-utopian satires of the twentieth century, an inspiration to writers from Orwell to Vonnegut, at last in a modern translation. Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that the newts gain skills and arms enough to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom. Along the way, Karel Capek satirizes science, runaway capitalism, fascism, journalism, militarism, even Hollywood.

The Stars My Destination

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 10

Alfred Bester

Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel which had ignored his distress calls and left him to die.

When it comes to pop culture, Alfred Bester (1913-1987) is something of an unsung hero. He wrote radio scripts, screenplays, and comic books (in which capacity he created the original Green Lantern Oath). But Bester is best known for his science-fiction novels, and The Stars My Destination may be his finest creation. With its sly potshotting at corporate skullduggery, The Stars My Destination seems utterly contemporary, and has maintained its status as an underground classic for fifty years. (Bester fans should also note that iPicturebooks has reprinted The Demolished Man, which won the very first Hugo Award in 1953.)

Alfred Bester was among the first important authors of contemporary science fiction. His passionate novels of worldly adventure, high intellect, and tremendous verve, The Stars My Destination and the Hugo Award winning The Demolished Man, established Bester as a s.f. grandmaster, a reputation that was ratified by the Science Fiction Writers of America shortly before his death. Bester also was an acclaimed journalist for Holiday magazine, a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and even a writer for Superman.

The Moon Hoax

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 12

Richard Adams Locke

The Moon Hoax: or, A Discovery that the Moon Has a Vast Population of Human Beings.

"The Great Moon Hoax" refers to a series of six articles that were published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. They were later collected into the book The Moon Hoax. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best-known astronomers of his time.

The story was advertised on August 21, 1835, as an upcoming feature allegedly reprinted from The Edinburgh Courant. The first in a series of six was published four days later on August 25.

The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids ("Vespertilio-homo") who built temples. There were trees, oceans and beaches. These discoveries were supposedly made with "an immense telescope of an entirely new principle."

The author of the narrative was ostensibly Dr. Andrew Grant, the travelling companion and amanuensis of Sir John Herschel, but Grant was fictitious.

Eventually, the authors announced that the observations had been terminated by the destruction of the telescope, by means of the Sun causing the lens to act as a "burning glass," setting fire to the observatory.

Three Hundred Years Hence

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 13

Mary Griffith

Three Hundred Years Hence is a utopian science fiction novel by author Mary Griffith. It is the first known utopian novel written by an American woman.

In Three Hundred Years Hence envisiones a feminist future in the year 2135.

The book is set in Philadelphia.

The main character, Edgar Hastings, leaves on a business trip but is frozen in a snow storm.

Thee hundred years later, he is discovered, thawed out and wakes up. He finds the improvements taken place since his accident amazing. The improved conditions are due entirely to the changes that took place when all females were given an education.

The Horror on the Asteroid and Other Tales of Planetary Horror

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 14

Edmond Hamilton


  • The Accursed Galaxy - (1935) - shortstory
  • The Earth-Brain - (1932) - novelette
  • The Horror on the Asteroid - (1933) - shortstory
  • The Man Who Evolved - (1931) - shortstory
  • The Man Who Saw Everything - (1933) - shortstory
  • The Monster-God of Mamurth - (1926) - shortstory
  • Introduction (The Horror on the Asteroid) - (1975) - essay by Gerry de la Ree

The Crystal Button or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 16

Chauncey Thomas

About the Book (written by David Hartwell): The utopia Chauncey Thomas describes in The Crystal Button may seem a remarkable vision for a late nineteenth-century Boston carriage-manufacturer writing in his spare time.

His hero, Paul Prognosis, goes into a coma for ten years after an accident and dreams that he is in the city of Tone (new Boston) in 4872, three thousand years in the future. It is a highly sanitized, perfectly organized world with sumptuous architecture - colonnades, triumphal arches, facades alive with sculptured decorations. Paul is filled with wonder by the way things work, and much of the novel is devoted to the operations of pure science - Tone's subway system for example, in which electricity and compressed air are the energy sources for rapid transit.

Unlike most utopian novelists Thomas does not moralize, though he faces an awkward paradox in the combination of stability and technology: everything must be changed but also remain permanent. All through the novel there are hints of unresolved anxieties which culminates when the comet Veda appears off schedule and destroys the ordered world of Tone, returning Paul to consciousness in the present.

The Doomsman

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 17

Van Tassel Sutphen

The state of civilization in 2015 New York will closely resemble that of England in the early days of Saxon settlement -- primitive people will dwell sparsely in patriarchal stockades and will fight and hunt with bow and arrow.

The Land of the Changing Sun

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 18

Will N. Harben

The Land of the Changing Sun (1894), is a Lost-World tale featuring an Underground society named Alpha, which the author seems to have conceived of as a Utopia; founded 200 years earlier under the Arctic - in caverns, however, not inside a Hollow Earth - by a group of inventive Englishmen, it is lit and heated by an artificial sun, which moves on tracks and changes colour pleasingly. A cruel Eugenic regime causes the exiling of any person deemed defective. Intruding magma threatens this world, and its inhabitants decide to evacuate Alpha in advanced submarines.

To The End Of Time

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 19

Olaf Stapledon


  • Last and First Men - (1930) - novel
  • Odd John - (1935) - novel
  • Sirius: A Fantasy of Love and Discord - (1944) - novel
  • Star Maker - (1937) - novel
  • The Flames - (1947) - novella (variant of The Flames: A Fantasy)
  • The Vision of Olaf Stapledon - (1953) - essay by Basil Davenport
  • Introduction (To the End of Time) - (1975) - essay by Curtis C. Smith

A Voyage to the Moon

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 20

George Tucker

A Voyage to the Moon: With Some Account of the Manners and Customs, Science and Philosophy of the People of Morosofia, and Other Lunarians.

Joseph Atterley of New York, finding himself in the doldrums after the death of his wife, resolves in 1822 to undertake a sea voyage to the Far East on one of his father's merchant ships. In the Indian Ocean the ship is caught by a mighty cyclone and driven ashore somewhere in the Burmese Empire. Mistaking the Americans for their enemies the British, the Burmese take Atterley and the crew captive. Atterley is eventually placed under rather loose house arrest, which allows him to meet and befriend a reclusive Indian Brahman who lives in the nearby hills. One day the Brahman reveals an astonishing secret: he knows how to build a machine to fly to the moon, and has already been there and back twice.

The Dragon Masters

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 21

Jack Vance

The race of man is growing old, but it's not yet ready to die - not while there are dragons still to kill!

The cross-bred dragon armies of the Men of Aerlith are the most appalling horrors ever to threaten the sanity of our future:

Termagents ~ three hundred reptilian giants with six legs apiece, the most fecund breeders of them all

Jugglers ~ eighteen of them, growling amongst themselves, waiting for an opportunity to snap off a leg from any unwary groom

Murderers (striding and long-horned) ~ eighty-five of each, with scaly tails and eyes like crystals

Fiends ~ fifty-two powerful monsters, their tails tipped with spike steel balls

Blue Horrors, Basics, Spider Dragons...

Venus Plus X

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 22

Theodore Sturgeon

Charlie Johns has been snatched from his home on 61 North 34th Street and delivered to the strange future world of Ledom. Here, violence is a vague and improbable notion. Technology has triumphed over hunger, overpopulation, pollution, even time and space. But there is a change Charlie finds even more shocking: gender is a thing of the past. Venus Plus X is Theodore Sturgeon's brilliant evocation of a civilization for whom tensions between male and female and the human preoccupation with sex no longer exist.

As Charlie Johns explores Ledom and its people, he finds that the human precepts he holds dear are profane in this new world. But has Charlie learned all there is to know about this advanced society? And why are the Ledom so intent on gaining Charlie's approval? Unsettling, compelling, and no less than visionary, here is science fiction at its boldest: a novel whose wisdom and lyricism make it one of the most original and insightful speculations on gender ever produced.

The Big Time

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 23

Fritz Leiber

This is the main novel in Leiber's Change War series.

Have you ever worried about your memory, because it doesn't seem to recall exactly the same past from one day to the next? Have you ever thought that the whole universe might be a crazy, mixed-up dream? If you have, then you've had hints of the Change War.

It's been going on for a billion years and it will last another billion or so. Up and down the timeline, the two sides--"Spiders" and "Snakes"--battle endlessly to change the future and the past. Our lives, our memories, are their battleground. And in the midst of the war is the Place, outside space and time, where Greta Forzane and the other Entertainers provide solace and r-&-r for tired time warriors.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 25

Samuel R. Delany

Babel-17, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy's deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack.

For the first time, Babel-17 is published as the author intended with the short novel Empire Star, the tale of Comet Jo, a simple-minded teen thrust into a complex galaxy when he's entrusted to carry a vital message to a distant world. Spellbinding and smart, both novels are testimony to Delany's vast and singular talent.

Dark Universe

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 26

Daniel F. Galouye

The survivors live underground, as far from the Original World as possible and protected from the ultimate evil, Radiation. Then terrible monsters, who bring with them a screaming silence, are seen and people start to disappear. One young man realises he must question the nature of Darkness itself.

Rite of Passage

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 27

Alexei Panshin

After the destruction of Earth, humanity has established itself precariously among a hundred planets. Between them roam the vast Ships, doling out scientific knowledge in exchange for raw materials. On one of the Ships lives Mia Havero. Belligerent soccer player, intrepid explorer of ventilation shafts, Mia tests all the boundaries of her insulated world. She will soon be tested in turn. At the age of fourteen all Ship children must endure a month unaided in the wilds of a colony world, and although Mia has learned much through formal study, about philosophy, economics, and the business of survival, she will find that her most vital lessons are the ones she must teach herself.

Published originally in 1968, Alexei Panshin's Nebula Award-winning classic has lost none of its relevance, with its keen exploration of societal stagnation and the resilience of youth.

The Battle of the Monsters and Other Stories

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 29

David G. Hartwell
L. W. Currey


  • vii - Introduction (The Battle of the Monsters and Other Stories) - (1976) - essay by David G. Hartwell and L. W. Currey
  • 1 - The Secret of Apollonius Septrio - (1878) - novelette by Leonard Kip
  • 69 - The Repairer of Reputations - [The King In Yellow] - (1895) - novelette by Robert W. Chambers
  • 119 - The Monster-Maker - (1887) - shortstory by W. C. Morrow (variant of The Surgeon's Experiment)
  • 153 - The Battle of the Monsters - (1899) - shortstory by Morgan Robertson
  • 167 - A Thousand Deaths - (1889) - shortstory by Jack London
  • 179 - The End of the World - (1903) - shortstory by Simon Newcomb
  • 197 - The Battle for the Pacific: Sorakichi-Prometheus - (1976) - shortstory by Rowan Stevens
  • 223 - Harry Borden's Naval Monster: A Ship of the Air - (1908) - shortstory by William J. Henderson

The Science Fiction of Frank R. Stockton

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 30

Frank R. Stockton


  • Introduction (The Science Fiction of Frank R. Stockton) - (1976) - essay by Richard Gid Powers
  • The Great Stone of Sardis - (1898) - novel
  • A Tale of Negative Gravity - (1884) - novelette
  • My Translatophone - (1900) - novelette
  • My Terminal Moraine - (1892) - novelette
  • The Knife That Killed Po Hancy - (1893) - novelette
  • Amos Kilbright: His Adscititious Experiences - (1888) - novelette
  • The Water-Devil - (1874) - novelette

Isle of the Dead

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 31

Roger Zelazny

Centuries in the future, Francis Sandow is the only man alive who was born as long ago as the 20th century. His body is kept young and in perfect health by advanced scientific methods; he has amassed such a fortune that he can own entire planets; and he has become a god. No, not a god of Earth, but one of the panetheon of the alien Pei'ans: he is Shimbo of Darktree, Shrugger of Thunders. Yet he doesn't believe that his personality has merged with the ancient consciousness of Shimbo, that he really can call down the skies upon his enemies. The time comes, however, when Francis Sandow must use these powers against the most dangerous antagonist in the universe: another Pei'an god -- Shimbo's own enemy, Belion. And Belion has no doubt whatever of his own powers....

Hothouse / The Long Afternoon of Earth

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 32

Brian W. Aldiss

In the future, when the Sun has expanded and is ready to go nova, few animal species remain while plants have adapted to fill animal niches. One of the few species to survive are humans, but in much-altered forms. It is here where young tribal Gren finds himself captured by an intelligent fungus with plans to colonize humans to control the world! Hothouse tells the story of a remarkable journey of discovery that will alter your perceptions about the true nature of the world today... and the world to come!

Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 33

James Tiptree, Jr.

A collection of 15 masterpieces by one of the brightest stars in the science fiction firmament, tales of wit, wonder and adventure - with a touch of something strange...


  • Introduction - (1976) - essay by Gardner Dozois
  • Introduction - (1973) - essay by Harry Harrison
  • And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side - (1972) - shortstory
  • The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone - (1969) - shortstory
  • The Peacefulness of Vivyan - (1971) - shortstory
  • Mama Come Home - (1975) - novelette (variant of The Mother Ship 1968)
  • Help - (1973) - novelette (variant of Pupa Knows Best 1968)
  • Painwise - (1972) - novelette
  • Faithful to Thee, Terra, in Our Fashion - (1973) - novelette (variant of Parimutuel Planet 1969)
  • The Man Doors Said Hello To - (1970) - shortstory
  • The Man Who Walked Home - (1972) - shortstory
  • Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket - (1972) - shortstory
  • I'll Be Waiting for You When the Swimming Pool is Empty - (1971) - shortstory
  • I'm Too Big but I Love to Play - (1970) - novelette
  • Birth of a Salesman - (1968) - shortstory
  • Mother in the Sky With Diamonds - (1971) - novelette
  • Beam Us Home - (1969) - shortstory

And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side - Exogamy, the desire to mate with the new and different has been a primary force in human evolution - but when the object of that desire is not merely different, but alien...

The Man Who Walked Home - The first Chrononaut moved step by step from the far future toward a present whose past was in the future, and whose future was his past.

I'm Too Big But I Love To Play - Genuine communication between human and alien implies that one must transform himself into an analog of the other. And when that transformation is complete...

Solar Lottery

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 34

Philip K. Dick

Originally appeared in Ace Double D-103 (1955).

The operating principle was random selection: positions of public power were decided by a sophisticated lottery. Everyone had a chance, everyone could live in hope that they would be chosen to be the boss, the Quizmaster. But with the power came the game - the assassination game - which everyone could watch on TV. Would the new man be good enough to avoid his chosen killer? Which made for fascinating and exciting viewing, compelling enough to distract the public's attention while the Big Five industrial complexes run the world, the solar system and the people, unnoticed and completely unopposed. Then, in 2203, with the choice of a member of a maverick cult as Quizmaster, the system developed a little hitch...

Man Abroad: A Yarn of Some Other Century

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 35


A fantastic classic science fiction tale from an anonymous late-19th century author. In a far-flung future, humanity has colonised the solar system. The story is set against a background of interplanetary war, with mighty electric spaceships riding the inter-system electric currents to battle in epic space warfare.

The Steel Crocodile

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 36

D. G. Compton

Human crisis in a computer world.

Rear cover synopsis:

"Bohn, the omnipotent computer whose flashing circuits and messianic pronouncements dictate what tomorrow will--or will not--be.

But Matthew Oliver is flesh and blood and full of questions--not nearly as certain as the machine he's appointed to serve.

And the right hand of science seldom knows what the left hand is doing..."

The Inheritors

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 37

Joseph Conrad
Ford Madox Ford

This novel was conceived in the heated and controversial politics of Britain at the turn of the century. Arthur Granger, an aristocratic and unsuccessful novelist, betrays the ideals he prides himself on for the unrequited love of a young woman. And no ordinary woman, she, but an ethereal, goddess-like, nameless agent from a strange world.

Star: Psi Cassiopeia

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 38

C. I. Defontenay

Eleven years before Jules Verne took his readers to the Moon, 40 years before Wells devised the Time Machine, nearly a century before Tolkien published Lord Of The Rings, Charles Defontenay wrote the imaginary history of an entire star system located in the far off constellation of Cassiopeia.

Long before science fiction writers dreamed of interstellar travels, alien races and the colonization of other planets, in 1854, on the eve of the Crimean War, Charles Defontenay penned the first modern "space opera".

STAR is a treasure chest of alien lore, the history of a world and its varied species, their rise and fall, triumphs and failures. It includes samples of their literature, arts and moral codes. Above all, it is a visionary work without precedent in the history of science fiction.

Star describes the discovery in the Himalayas of a stone that has fallen from the sky. After opening it, it turns out to contain a metal box where the narrator finds some paper manuscripts. After two years of study, he managed to decipher them and finds out that they describe the alien societies of various humanoid races living in the constellation of Cassiopeia.

The Jewels of Aptor

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 39

Samuel R. Delany

Originally appeared in Ace Double F-173 (1962).

When Argo, the White Goddess, orders it Geo, the itinerant poet, and his three disparate companions journey to the island of Aptor to seize a jewel from the dark god, Hama, and return it to Argo so that she may defeat the malign forces ranged against her and the land of Leptar

But, as the four push deep into the enigmatic heart of Aptor and the easy distinctions between good and evil start to blur, their mission no longer seems straightforward. For Argo already controls two of the precious stones and possession of the third would make her power absolute. And the four friends have learned that power tends to corrupt...


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 40

Thomas M. Disch

334, the city street address of a place where time pivots forward and backward, is the setting of a unique odyssey through human history.

Pharoah's Broker

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 41

Ellsworth Douglass

Pharaoh's Broker: Being the Very Remarkable Experiences in Another World of Isidor Werner (Written by Himself).

This novel, publishsed in 1899, is an interplanetary romance set on Mars. Parallel Evolution has resulted in a society almost identical to that of Egypt in the time of Joseph. In the end the hero, having been a grain-broker in Chicago, is able to take on Joseph's role.

The Body Snatchers

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 42

Jack Finney

On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved -- the world as he knew it.

First published in 1955, this classic thriller of the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired three major motion pictures.

Also published as Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Iter Lunaire

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 44

David Russen

Iter Lunare; Or, A Voyage to the Moon, Containing Some Considerations on the Nature of That Planet, the Possibility of Getting Thither, with Other Pleasant Conceits About the Inhabitants, Their Manners, and Customs.

Originally published in 1703, Iter Lunaire is one of the first books to discuss the real possibility of exploring space, the methods of doing so and what might be found there.

Taking Cyrano De Bergerac's classic "Comic History" Voyage to the Moon (1657) and Francis Godwin's novel The Man in the Moone (1638) as jump-off points, author Russen discusses the pros and cons of the French writer's fanciful methods of space travel... and adds some of his own, including what may be the most unusual method of traveling to the Moon ever suggested. Along the way, Russen anticipates such modern scientific developments as the germ theory of disease and hyperlinked reference books.

Modern Science Fiction

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 45

Norman Spinrad


  • Introduction - (1976) - essay by Thomas D. Clareson
  • Foreword - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • Introduction - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • The Golden Age - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • Twilight - (1934) - shortstory by John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • The Enchanted Village - (1960) - shortstory by A. E. van Vogt
  • Helen O'Loy - (1938) - shortstory by Lester del Rey
  • Nightfall - (1941) - novelette by Isaac Asimov
  • The Postwar Awakening - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • The Star - (1955) - shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Affair with a Green Monkey - (1957) - shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Stranger Station - (1956) - novelette by Damon Knight
  • The Cold Equations - (1954) - novelette by Tom Godwin
  • The Marching Morons - (1951) - novelette by C. M. Kornbluth
  • 5,271,009 - (1954) - novelette by Alfred Bester
  • The Full Flowering - (1974) - essay by Norman Spinrad
  • The Voices of Time - (1960) - novelette by J. G. Ballard
  • The Pleasure Garden of Felipe Sagittarius - (1965) - shortstory by Michael Moorcock
  • No Direction Home - (1971) - shortstory by Norman Spinrad
  • Descending - (1964) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • For a Breath I Tarry - (1966) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • Don't Wash the Carats - (1968) - shortstory by Philip José Farmer
  • Faith of Our Fathers - (1967) - novelette by Philip K. Dick
  • Aye, and Gomorrah... - (1967) - shortstory by Samuel R. Delany
  • At the Mouse Circus - (1971) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • In Entropy's Jaws - (1971) - novelette by Robert Silverberg
  • Nine Lives - (1969) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Additional Significant Works of Speculative Fiction - (1974) - essay by uncredited

Armageddon: A Tale of Love, War, and Invention

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 47

Stanley Waterloo

In Armageddon: A Tale of Love, War, and Invention (1898), Anglo-American supremacy over the rest of the world is achieved through the use of an armoured dirigible Airship in a near-future Future War.

The Dream Master

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 48

Roger Zelazny

Charles Render is a shaper, one of a small number of psychotherapists qualified, by his granite will and ultra-stability, to use the extraordinary device that enables him to to participate in, and control, his patients' dreams. But this is a dangerous therapy for the therapist and only his armour-plated integrity protects Render from too deep an involvement in the mental worlds of the damaged people he seeks to help. But then, Eileen Shallot, another therapist who is blind, asks him to help her 'see' by transferring from his mind to hers a world of colour and light. Render agrees but suddenly finds himself obsessed with Eileen and drawn into fantasies which, she controls.

Conjure Wife

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 49

Fritz Leiber

What if half the world's population (the female half) practiced witchcraft and kept it a secret from men?

Norman Saylor, a professor of ethnology, discovers his wife Tansy has put his research in the field of "Negro Conjure Magic" into practice for the sake of protecting him from other spell-casting faculty wives who wish to further their own husbands careers. A man of science, Norman has only an academic interest in the subject of magic and superstition and forces Tansy to cease all her workings and to burn all her charms. As soon as Norman burns the last charm, things start to fall apart. He has a run-in with a former student, his student-secretary accuses him of having seduced her, and he is passed over for a promotion that had seemed certain.

Norman begins to have more than his fair share of small accidents: cutting himself while shaving, stepping on carpet tacks, cutting his hand with a letter opener, and more. He begins to imagine that there is a dark presence exploiting his fear of trucks. Tansy takes his curse upon herself forcing him to overcome his disbelief and use witchcraft to save his wife's body—and her soul.

Originally published in 1953, Conjure Wife is considered a modern classic of horror-fantasy and has been adapted for film three times: "Burn, Witch Burn" (1962); "Weird Woman" (1944); and "Witch's Brew" (1980). Yet another film remake is in the works.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 50

Samuel R. Delany

In Dhalgren, perhaps one of the most profound and bestselling science fiction novels of all time, Samuel R. Delany has produced a novel "to stand with the best American fiction of the 1970s" (Jonathan Lethem).

Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there.... The population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the cloud-covered sky. And into this disaster zone comes a young man-poet, lover, and adventurer-known only as the Kid. Tackling questions of race, gender, and sexuality, Dhalgren is a literary marvel and groundbreaking work of American magical realism.

The Cosmic Rape and To Marry Medusa

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 51

Theodore Sturgeon


  • v - Introduction (The Cosmic Rape) - (1977) - essay by Samuel R. Delany
  • 1 - The Cosmic Rape - (1958) - novel
  • 161 - To Marry Medusa - (1958) - novella

Dr. Bloodmoney: or, How We Got Along After the Bomb

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 52

Philip K. Dick

Dr. Bloodmoney is a post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece filled with a host of Dick's most memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConchie and Bonnie Keller, two unremarkable people bent the survival of goodness in a world devastated by evil. Epic and alluring, this brilliant novel is a mesmerizing depiction of Dick's undying hope in humanity.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 53

Samuel R. Delany

A bizarre breed of planet-hopping humans sell their sexless, neutered bodies. Far beneath the Earth, a man lives out the rest of his years in a life-sustaining coffin in a world where not dying is the ultimate punishment. These are two of the short stories in this science fiction collection.

Table of Contents:

The Devil Is Dead

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 54

R. A. Lafferty

R A Lafferty is a spinner of grand fantasies, a creator of fine lies, one of the great story tellers of science fiction. Here he tells us of an astonishing band of adventurers seeking the Devil himself. It is a tale of demons and changelings, monsters and mermaids - and of how it is not always serious to die the first time it happens...

Now read on...

Empire Star

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 55

Samuel R. Delany

Originally appeared in Ace Double F-139 (1966). The novel is also part of Ace Double #20571 (1975).

The dying alien from the ship that crashed onto Rhys gave Comet Jo a jewel, and begged him to take it to the heart of the Galactic Empire. And, seeing no reason to miss an adventure, Comet Jo started out for the fabled Empire Star. But his journey was to have far-reaching consequences - consequences that could disrupt all the known laws of Time and Space...

The Female Man

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 56

Joanna Russ

It's influenced William Gibson and been listed as one of the ten essential works of science fiction. Most importantly, Joanna Russ's THE FEMALE MAN is a suspenseful, surprising and darkly witty chronicle of what happens when Jeannine, Janet, Joanna, and Jael--four alternate selves from drastically different realities--meet.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 57

Samuel R. Delany

Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor of the 32nd century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty cobbling together an alluring crew that includes a gypsy musician and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of writing a novel.

What the crew doesn't know, though, is that Lorq's quest is actually fueled by a private revenge so consuming that he'll stop at nothing to achieve it.

In the grandest manner of speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity's oldest truths and enduring myths.

The Iron Dream

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 58

Norman Spinrad


Renowned science fiction writer Adolf Hitler's Hugo Award winning novel!

Ferric Jaggar mounted the platform. A swastika of flame twenty feet high stood out in glory against the night sky behind him, bathing him in heroic firelight, flashing highlights off the brightwork of his gleaming black leather uniform, setting his powerful eyes ablaze. "I hold in my hand the Great Truncheon of Held. I dedicate myself to the repurification of all Heldon with blood and iron, and to the extension of the dominion of True Humanity over the face of the entire Earth! Never will we rest until the last mutant gene is swept from the face of the planet!"

Set in a post-nuclear holocaust world, a novel which traces the rise to power of one Feric Jaggar, an exile among mutants and mongrels to absolute rule in the Fatherland of Truemen.

With an afterword by James Sallis.

The Genocides

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 59

Thomas M. Disch

This spectacular novel established Thomas M. Disch as a major new force in science fiction. First published in 1965, it was immediately labeled a masterpiece reminiscent of the works of J.G. Ballard and H.G. Wells

In this harrowing novel, the world's cities have been reduced to cinder and ash and alien plants have overtaken the earth. The plants, able to grow the size of maples in only a month and eventually reach six hundred feet, have commandeered the world's soil and are sucking even the Great Lakes dry. In northern Minnesota, Anderson, an aging farmer armed with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, desperately leads the reduced citizenry of a small town in a daily struggle for meager existence. Throw into this fray Jeremiah Orville, a marauding outsider bent on a bizarre and private revenge, and the fight to live becomes a daunting task.

Galaxies Like Grains of Sand

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 60

Brian W. Aldiss

In Galaxies Like Grains of Sand, Brian W. Aldiss tells the tale of mankind's future over the course of forty million years. Each of these nine connected short stories highlights a different millennia in which man has adapted to new environments and hardships.

Counter-Clock World

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 61

Philip K. Dick

In Counter-Clock World, time has begun moving backward. People greet each other with "goodbye," blow smoke into cigarettes, and rise from the dead. When one of those rising dead is the famous and powerful prophet Anarch Peak, a number of groups start a mad scramble to find him first-but their motives are not exactly benevolent because Anarch Peak may just be worth more dead than alive, and these groups will do whatever they must to send him back to the grave.

What would you do if your long-dead relatives started coming back? Who would take care of them? And what if they preferred being dead? In Counter-Clock World, one of Dick's most theological and philosophical novels, these troubling questions are addressed; though, as always, you may have to figure out the answers yourself.

The Game-Players of Titan

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 62

Philip K. Dick

Philip K Dick's classic dystopian novel set in the future where the remaining human survivors on Earth must gamble for their future with aliens from Titan, one of the moons circling Saturn.

Roaming the pristine landscape of Earth, cared for by machines and aliens, the few remaining humans alive since the war with Titan play Bluff, allowing them to win or lose property and also form new marriages in order to maximise the remote chance some pairings will produce a child. When Pete Garden, a particularly suicidal member of the Pretty Blue Fox game-playing group, loses his current wife and his deed to Berkeley, he stumbles upon a far bigger, more sinister version of the game.

The telepathic, slug-like Vugs of Titan are the players and at stake is the Earth itself. The Game-Players of Titan is a brilliantly conceived vision of a future dystopia, full of imaginative detail, moments of pure humour and thought-provoking musings on the nature of perception, as the seemingly straightforward narrative soon turns into a tumultuous nightmare of delusion, precognition and conspiracy.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 63

Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.

The Shrinking Man

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 65

Richard Matheson

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous--until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

Subsequently re-published as The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Eye in the Sky

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 67

Philip K. Dick

While sightseeing at the Belmont Bevatron, Jack Hamilton, along with seven others, is caught in a lab accident. When he regains consciousness, he is in a fantasy world of Old Testament morality gone awry-a place of instant plagues, immediate damnations, and death to all perceived infidels. Hamilton figures out how he and his compatriots can escape this world and return to their own, but first they must pass through three other vividly fantastical worlds, each more perilous and hilarious than the one before.

Winner of both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 68

Philip K. Dick

The Three Stigmata hid a secret that could transform the world - or end it...

When the mysterious Palmer Eldritch returned from a distant galaxy, he claimed to have brought a gift for mankind. Chew-Z was a drug capable of transporting people into an illusory world, a world the could linger in for years wihout losing a second of Earth time. For the lonely colonists living out their dreary term on Mars, here was the ultimate trip, a pastime that could deliver immortality, wish fulfillment... the twin-power over time and space.

But in return, Palmer Eldritch exacted a terrible price. He would enter, control and be a god in everyone's private universe - a universe from which there was no escape, not even death...

The Butterfly Kid

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 89

Chester Anderson

It was a nothing-special Greenwich Village day...

And good ole Chester Anderson - sometime poet, rock 'n' roll singer and self-proclaimed kinf of the Village - strolled along, content.

Content, that is, until he saw a kid make butterflies.

Real butterflies. The kind with pretty wings that flutter.

What at first seemed amusing, if a little strange, quickly changed. Chester and his ragtag pack of singers, groupies and street-wise prophets had stumbled onto a mind-blowing phenomenon that threatened the whole world.

And only Chester an his ragamuffin crew could save it.

From what? From six-foot, blue lobsters from outer space.

How? With a horrifying plan that hinged on the innocence of... The Butterfly Kid.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 90

D. G. Compton

Edward Cadence was a brilliant man, and a dedicated scientist. He had invented Sensitape, a means of recording the thoughts and emotions of great musicians, religious figures, etc. so that others could experience at first-hand just what it was like to play a magnificent concerto, or to slip peacefully toward an untroubled death with the sure expectation that Heaven lies waiting. And he had added Sexitape, whereby people whose sex lives weren't completely satisfying could experience everything that the most compatible couple in the world felt together.

For all this he was given the Nobel Prize, became enormously wealthy and famous.

But finally he set to work on the ultimate application of his experiments: Synthajoy. And when the enormity of this dehumanising process became clear, he was murdered.

To Open the Sky

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 91

Robert Silverberg

At the beginning of the 22nd century, Earth colonies were established on Mars and Venus. But the ultimate dream - to travel to the stars - was still an impossibility. A few enlightened men believed that the Vorsters and the Harmonists could solve this seemingly insurmountable problem, if they could only forget their differences and work together.

The Ballad of Beta-2

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 92

Samuel R. Delany

Centuries ago, the Star Folk had left Earth on twelve spaceships on a generations-long mission to colonize the distant stars. Ten of the ships had reached their destinations. Two had failed-and nobody, in the hundreds of years since the disaster, had the slightest inkling of what had happened.

Joneny, a student of galactic anthropology, was assigned the problem. It had seemed routine to him. Just some faster-than-light travel to the two wrecked ships, a bit of poking around, and then writing up his findings.

But he was ill-prepared for what he found in space at the site of the two ancient wrecks. One, the Sigma-9, was not subject to the laws of time-stasis (the only exception to a universal law), and it was covered entirely with a mysterious green fire that shimmered so much that it seemed alive! And the other ship, the Beta-2, was nowhere to be found. Only a fragment of a mysterious poem could possibly provide a clue.

The Fall of the Towers

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 93

Samuel R. Delany

Contains Out of the Dead City, The Towers of Toron and City of a Thousand Suns.

Come and enter Samuel Delany’s tomorow, in this trilogy of high adventure, with acrobats and urchins, criminals and courtiers, fishermen and factory-workers, madmen and mind-readers, dwarves and ducheses, giants and geniuses, merchants and mathematicians, soldiers and scholars, pirates and poets, and a gallery of aliens who fly, crawl, burrow, or swim.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 94

Samuel R. Delany

Triton, the outermost moon of Neptune, was a world of absolute freedom, where every wish could be fulfilled. But for Bron Helstrom, one of Triton's elite, life had lost its meaning. There, in a world of endless possibilities, Bron began a searing odyssey to find the object of his desires.

The Rocket to the Moon

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 95

Thea von Harbou

Helius is an entrepreneur with an interest in space travel. He seeks out Professor Mannfeldt, a visionary who has written a treatise on the likelihood of finding gold on the moon, only to be ridiculed by his peers. Helius recognizes the value of Mannfeldt's work, but a gang of evil businessmen, intent on controling the world's gold reserves, have also taken an interest in Mannfeldt's theories.

Meanwhile, Helius's assistant Windegger has announced his engagement to Helius's other assistant, Friede. This is disconcerting to Helius, who secretly loves Friede, so he avoids their engagement party. He is mugged on the way home from his meeting with Mannfeldt by henchmen of the evil businessmen, commanded by an American, Walter Turner. They steal the research that Professor Mannfeldt had entrusted to him and also burgle Helius's home, taking other valuable material. They then present him with an ultimatum: they know he is planning a voyage to the moon; either he includes them in the project, or they will sabotage it and destroy his rocket. Reluctantly, Helius agrees to their terms.

The rocket team is assembled: Helius, Mannfeldt, Windegger, Friede and Turner, who represents the interests of the evil businessmen. After the rocket blasts off, they discover that Gustav, a young boy who has befriended Helius, is aboard as a stowaway with his collection of science fiction pulp magazines. During the journey, Windegger emerges as a coward, and the feelings of Helius toward Friede become known to her, creating a romantic triangle.

Once they get to the far side of the Moon, Mannfeldt and Turner prove Mannfeldt's theory that there is gold on the moon. They struggle in a cave, and Mannfeldt falls to his death in a crevasse. Turner attempts to hijack the rocket, and in the struggle, he is shot and killed. Gunfire damages the oxygen tanks, and they come to the grim realization that there is not enough oxygen for all to make the return trip. One person must remain on the moon, in it's breathable atmosphere on the far side.

Helius and Windegger draw straws to see who must stay and Windegger loses. Seeing Windegger's anguish, Helius decides to drug Windegger and Friede with a last drink together and take Windegger's place, letting Windegger return to Earth with Friede. Friede senses that something is in the wine. She pretends to drink and then retires to the compartment where her cot is located, closes and locks the door. Windegger drinks the wine, becoming sedated. Helius makes Gustav his confidant and the new pilot for the ship. Helius counts down the time for the ship's liftoff from a distance away. He watches it depart. He realizes that he is alone on the moon. As he lowers his head and resignedly starts to move towards the survival camp originally prepared for Windegger, Helius discovers that Friede has decided to stay with him on the moon. He throws his arms wide as Friede runs to him. They embrace.

Also published as The Girl in the Moon.

Secret of the Lost Race

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 125

Andre Norton

Originally appeared in Ace Double D-381 (1959).

The Constellation of the Wolf was an area of the galaxy few spacemen wanted to visit, for its sparse worlds were home only to the outcasts of the civilized worlds. But now it had been learned that there was one among its runaway refugees who was more than just a misfit--one who was a definite danger to all humanity.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 126

Brian W. Aldiss

Table of Contents:

  • Sector Vermilion - (1964)
  • A Kind of Artistry - (1962)
  • Sector Gray - (1964)
  • Hearts and Engines - (1964)
  • Sector Violet - (1964)
  • The Underprivileged - (1963)
  • Sector Diamond - (1964)
  • The Game of God - (1964)
  • Sector Green - (1964)
  • Shards - (1962)
  • Sector Yellow - (1964)
  • Legends of Smith's Burst - (1959)
  • Sector Azure - (1964)
  • O Moon of My Delight - (1961)
  • The Rift - (1964)
  • Old Hundredth - (1960)

We Who Are About To…

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 129

Joanna Russ

The story takes the form of an audio diary kept by the unnamed protagonist. A group of people, with no technical skills and scant supplies, are stranded on a planet and debate how to survive. The men in the group are dedicated to colonizing and populating the planet, but the unnamed female protagonist, who does not believe that long-term survival is possible, resists being made pregnant by them. Tensions escalate into violence, until finally she is forced to kill the other survivors in order to defend herself against rape. Left alone, she becomes increasingly philosophical, recounting her personal history in political agitation and attempting to chart the days and seasons even as she begins to hallucinate from hunger and loneliness. She experiences visions, first of the people she killed, and then of people from her past. Finally, weak from hunger, she resolves to kill herself.

The Green Odyssey

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 131

Philip José Farmer

CLASSIC SF ROMP BY AUTHOR OF RIVERWORLD! When Alan Green's starship crashes on a medieval planet overrun with feudal human societies, he is instantly captured and sold into slavery. Big, handsome, blond and strong, on a planet of short, dark people, Green soon finds himself installed as a gigolo to Duchess Zuni of Tropat, the local duke's voluptuous but bath-needing wife. Lazy, cautious to the point of timidity, he soon finds himself under the thumb of Amra, an Amazon of a wife, a slave like him, who combines beauty, and intelligence with five kids, one of them Green's. With himself as gigolo and Amra, as official lernan of the Duchess Zuni, Green is doing quite well in a precarious position when he hears that another ship from the sky has landed a few thousand miles away, and the two men on board mistaken for "demons" and scheduled for execution. Determined to save his fellow Earthmen from death, and himself from Amra, Green determines to cross the grass sea of Xurdimur and get himself to Estorya in time to stop the execution--and incidentally hitch a ride home to Earth. Thus begins Philip Jose Farmer's The Green Odyssey, which has rightly been called "rollicking science-fiction adventure" ... "uproarious" ... "swashbuckling" ... "sheer fun" ... "and by science fiction critic and by scholar, Sam Moskowitz: "filled with engaging humor." The adventure begins when Alan Green arranges passage on a "wind roller." a sailing vessel of the plains by dazzling the captain with a financial scheme that offers rich profits to overcome his reluctance to help a fugitive. Setting "sale" with the captain, Green thinks he's escaped from his dominating wife -- but he's wrong. Throw in pirates and floating islands and a black cat-goddess with a taste for beer, picked up after shipwreck on one of the wandering Islands of the Xurdimur, and you have the recipe for science-fantasy adventure as irresistible as Riverworld itself. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction hails Green Odyssey as "A picaresque tale or an earthman escaping from captivity on an alien planet; the intricately colorful medieval culture of this planet, the high libido of its women, the mysteries Buried within the sands of the desert over which the hero must flee, and the admixture of rapture and disgust with which the hero treats this venue -- all go to make this novel a model for the flowering of planetary romance from the 1960s on."


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 133

Phyllis Gotlieb

In the hideous aftermath of the Atomic Sunburst the people of Sorrel Park had been written off. Now they were nothing but a kind of human garbage, festering and hopeless. In the center of town lived the worst of the human garbage - and by far the most dangerous. They were a breed of terrible children, possessed of terrifying supernormal powers. They were a new race of monster bred out of the Sunburst, and if they ever broke loose they could destroy the world.

The Byworlder

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 135

Poul Anderson

Early in the 21st century the world is enjoying an uneasy peace, with a distinct division between the 'straight' society and the various fringe groups that go to form the Byworld. Tension grows, however, over the presence of an alien spaceship that is orbiting the world, bearing a single occupant - the Sigman.

It appears that no-one knows how to communicate with the Sigman; no-one knows the purpose of his visit. Until two people - one 'straight' and the other a Byworlder - solve the problems involved; and in doing so trigger off a series of violent plots and counterplots that mount to a frenetic climax...

The Horn of Time

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 136

Poul Anderson

In this superb collection of six stories, the acclaimed author carries man's characteristic inability to learn from his mistakes, and his age-old inclination toward war, power and injustice to their ultimate, nightmarish conclusion.

Double Star

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 140

Robert A. Heinlein

One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was -- as usual -- in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.

Suddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians was at stake -- failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. And Smythe's own life was on the line -- for if he wasn't assassinated, there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new role forever!

I Will Fear No Evil

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 141

Robert A. Heinlein

Once again, master storyteller Robert A. Heinlein delivers a wild and intriguing classic of science fiction. Written at the dawn of the 1970s, this novel is the brilliantly shocking story of the ultimate transplant.

As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein's grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

Johann Sebastian Bach Smith was immensely rich -- and very old. Though his mind was still keen, his body was worn out. His solution was to have surgeons transplant his brain into a new body. The operation was a great success -- but the patient was no longer Johann Sebastian Bach Smith. He was now fused with the very vocal personality of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice -- with mind-blowing results! Together they must learn to share control of her body.

Today We Choose Faces

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 143

Roger Zelazny

The story is set, like many Zelazny pure-SF novels, a few centuries in the future. The narrator, a Mafia assassin named Angelo di Negri, has been revived from suspended animation by the mostly legitimate successors of the criminal organization, and given a mission to assassinate a scientist on a fortified facility on an otherwise uninhabited planet.

The Dreaming Jewels

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 144

Theodore Sturgeon

Retro Hugo-nominated Novella

Theodore Sturgeon's stunning debut novel, about a young boy who is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy when he leaves home to join a circus of shadows

Though only eight years old, little Horton "Horty" Bluett has known a lifetime of sadness. Tormented and abused by his adoptive family, he's had enough—and with a beloved broken toy he calls "Junky" as his sole companion, the desperate little boy runs away to join a carnival. There, among the fortune tellers, fire-eaters, sideshow freaks, and assorted "strange people," Horty hopes to find acceptance and, at long last, a real home.

But disgraced doctor Pierre "Maneater" Monetre's traveling show is no ordinary entertainment, and its performers are not what they appear to be. The Maneater has sinister plans for the world that go far beyond fleecing unsuspecting rubes and other easy marks—a dark and terrible scheme that requires unleashing the extraterrestrial power of the dreaming jewels, and the unwitting assistance of a young boy who may be far more remarkable than he's ever imagined.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author's estate, among other sources.

Also published as The Synthetic Man (Pyramid Books, 1957)

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 148

Walter Tevis

T.J. Newton is an extraterrestrial who goes to Earth on a desperate mission of mercy. But instead of aid, Newton discovers loneliness and despair that ultimately ends in tragedy.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 173

Algis Budrys

Martino was a very important scientist, working on something called the K-88. But the K-88 exploded in his face, and he was dragged across the Soviet border. There he stayed for months. When they finally gave him back, the Soviets had given him a metal arm...and an expressionless metal skull. So how could Allied Security be sure he actually was Martino?

The Worlds of Fritz Leiber

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 175

Fritz Leiber

THE WORLDS OF FRITZ LEIBER is a brand new collection of some of the finest SF, Fantasy and Horror stories produced by the internationally acclaimed author of THE BIG TIME.

It is a collection handpicked by the author and contains two Change-War stories, a Fafhrd and Gray Mouser tale, Catch That Zeppelin (the winner of the 1976 Nebula Award) and eighteen other outstanding stories.

But no one could describe this book better than Fritz Leiber himself: "I believe this collection represents me more completely, provides a fuller measure of the range of my creative efforts, than any other. Welcome to my worlds!"


  • Hatchery of Dreams (1961)
  • The Goggles of Dr. Dragonet (1961)
  • Far Reach to Cygnus (1965)
  • Night Passage (1975)
  • Nice Girl with Five Husbands (1951)
  • When the Change-Winds Blow (1964)
  • 237 Talking Statues, Etc. (1963)
  • The Improper Authorities (1959)
  • Our Saucer Vacation (1959)
  • Pipe Dream (1959)
  • What's He Doing in There? (1957)
  • Friends and Enemies (1957)
  • The Last Letter (1958)
  • Endfray of the Ofay (1969)
  • Cyclops (1965)
  • Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum (1974)
  • The Bait (1973)
  • The Lotus Eaters (1972)
  • Waif (1974)
  • Myths My Great-Granddaughter Taught Me (1963)
  • Catch That Zeppelin! (1975)
  • Last (1957)

Make Room! Make Room!

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 177

Harry Harrison

The world is crowded. Far too crowded. Its starving billions live on lentils, soya beans, and -if they're lucky-the odd starving rat.

In a New York City groaning under the burden of 35 million inhabitants, detective Andy Rusch is engaged in a desperate and lonely hunt for a killer everyone has forgotten. For even in a world such as this, a policeman can find himself utterly alone....

Acclaimed on its original publication in 1966, Make Room! Make Room! was adapted into the movie Soylent Green in 1973, starring Charlton Heston along with Edward G. Robinson in his last role.

The Sword of Rhiannon

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 178

Leigh Brackett

Greed pulls the archaeologist Matt Carse into the forgotten tomb of the Martian god Rhiannon and plunges the unlikely hero into the Red Planet's fantastic past, when vast oceans covered the land and the legendary Sea-Kings ruled from terraced palaces of decadence and delight. Talented enough to co-write The Big Sleep film with William Faulkner and imaginative enough to pen the original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back, Leigh Brackett is a giant in the science-fiction field, and The Sword of Rhiannon is one of her most popular adventure tales.

The Man in the High Castle

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 180

Philip K. Dick

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war--and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake.

The World Jones Made

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 181

Philip K. Dick

Originally appeared in Ace Double D-150 (1956).

Floyd Jones is sullen, ungainly, and quite possibly mad, but in a very short time he will rise from telling fortunes at a mutant carnival to convulsing an entire planet. For although Jones has the power to see the future -- a power that makes his life a torment -- his real gift lies elsewhere: in his ability to make people dream again in a world where dreaming has been made illegal, even when the dream is indistinguishable from a nightmare.

In Philip K. Dick's unsettling chronicle of the rise and fall of a postnuclear messiah, readers will find a novel that is as minutely realistic as it is prophetic. For along with its engineered mutants, hermaphroditic sex performers, and protoplasmic drifters from the stars, The World Jones Made gives us nothing less than a deadly accurate reading of our own hunger for belief.

Time Out of Joint

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 182

Philip K. Dick

Time Out of Joint is Philip K. Dick's classic depiction of the disorienting disparity between the world as we think it is and the world as it actually is.

The year is 1998, although Ragle Gumm doesn't know that. He thinks it's 1959. He also thinks that he served in World War II, that he lives in a quiet little community, and that he really is the world's long-standing champion of newspaper puzzle contests. It is only after a series of troubling hallucinations that he begins to suspect otherwise. And once he pursues his suspicions, he begins to see how he is the center of a universe gone terribly awry.

Vulcan's Hammer

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 183

Philip K. Dick

This novel originally appeared in Ace Double D-457 (1960).

Objective, unbiased and hyperrational, the Vulcan 3 should have been the perfect ruler. The omnipotent computer dictates policy that is in the best interests of all citizens-or at least, that is the idea. But when the machine, whose rule evolved out of chaos and war, begins to lose control of the "Healer" movement of religious fanatics and the mysterious force behing their rebellion, all Hell breaks loose.

Written in 1960, Philip K. Dick's paranoid novel imagines a totalitarian state in which hammer-headed robots terrorize citizens and freedom is an absurd joke. William Barrios, the morally conflicted hero, may be the only person who can prevent the battle for control from destroying the world-if, that is, he can decide which side he's on.

Glory Road

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 185

Robert A. Heinlein

E. C. "Scar" Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia , but he hadn't given up his habit of scanning the Personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him:

"ARE YOU A COWARD? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English, with some French, proficient in all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties, indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure. Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger. You must apply in person, rue Dante, Nice, 2me etage, apt. D."

How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the "handsome" part, but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he'd ever met. She seemed to have many names, but agreed he could call her "Star." A pretty appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of twenty universes.

Robert A. Heinlein's one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules and the result is exciting, satirical, fast-paced, funny and tremendously readable -- a favorite of all who have read it. Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail. Tor is proud to return this all-time classic to hardcover to be discovered by a new generation of readers.

The Door Into Summer

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 186

Robert A. Heinlein

When Dan Davis is crossed in love and stabbed in the back by his business associates, the immediate future doesn't look too bright for him and Pete, his independent-minded tom cat. Suddenly, the lure of suspended animation, the Long Sleep, becomes irresistible and Dan wakes up thirty years later in the twenty-first century. He discovers that the robot household appliances he invented, far from having been stolen from him, have, mysteriously, been patented in his name. There's only one thing for it. Dan has to, somehow, travel back in time to investigate...

The Puppet Masters

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 187

Robert A. Heinlein

First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa. Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax. End of story. Case closed.

Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the U.S. government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting in. And four more agents who were sent in also disappeared. So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery: an invasion is underway by slug-like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind. What the humans know, they know. What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do. And most of Iowa is already under their control.

Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth. Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own. And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens. Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the President of the United States, control of the entire nation is near at hand . . .

Waldo and Magic, Inc.

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 188

Robert A. Heinlein

North Power--Air is in trouble. Their aircraft are crashing at an alarming rate, and no one can figure out the cause. Desperate for an answer, they turn to Waldo, a crippled genius who lives in a zero--g home in orbit around Earth. But Waldo has little reason to want to help the rest of humanity--until he learns that the solution to Earth's problems also hold the key to his own.

Magic, Inc.
Under the guise of an agency for magicians, Magic, Inc. systematically squeezed out the small independent magicians. Then one businessman stood firm. But one man stands firm. And with the help of an Oxford--educated African shaman and a little old lady adept at black magic, he is willing to take on the demons of Hell to resolve the problem--once and for all!

Bridge of Ashes

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 189

Roger Zelazny

He was the greatest telepath the world has ever known. he was Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and a Children of the Earth terrorist all rolled into one...He was Dennis Guise, idiot child, whose mind had been suffocated and nearly obliterated by a universe of other people's thoughts...And he was Earth's last hope against an enemy that had created the human race but would destroy it all again if Dennis Archimedes Leonardo Jean Jacques Humanity Guise could not meet this enemy on its own terms and win.

Damnation Alley

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 190

Roger Zelazny

The story opens in a post-apocalyptic Southern California, in a hellish world shattered by nuclear war decades before. Several police states have emerged in place of the former United States. Hurricane-force winds above five hundred feet prevent any sort of air travel from one state to the next, and sudden, violent, and unpredictable storms make day-to-day life a mini-hell. Hell Tanner, an imprisoned killer, is offered a full pardon in exchange for taking on a suicide mission--a drive through "Damnation Alley" across a ruined America from Los Angeles to Boston--as one of three vehicles attempting to deliver an urgently needed plague vaccine.

Lord of Light

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 191

Roger Zelazny

Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rules their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Only one dares oppose them: he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons. Lord of Light.

The Year of the Quiet Sun

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 192

Wilson Tucker

It was a top secret government project, its funds coming quietly from the Bureau of Standards, its orders directly from the President. The project's goal was to survey the future.

The survey would be made in person, by use of the newly-developed Time Displacement Vehicle. Three specially trained men would be sent to the year 2000, and they would return with invaluable data about the problems to be faced by the government in decades to come.

It seemed almost routine at first. But when the survey team reached their target they found a savage land... an awesome world they may have made, and they had to wonder if any would return to tell about it.

Daybreak - 2250 A.D.

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 208

Andre Norton

Two centuries after an atomic war on earth, a silver-haired mutant sets out on a dangerous search for a lost city of the ruined civilization.

The Worlds of Frank Herbert

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 210

Frank Herbert


  • The Tactful Saboteur
  • Committee of the Whole
  • Old Rambling House
  • Mating Call
  • A-W-F, Unlimited
  • The Featherbedders
  • The GM Effect
  • Escape Felicity

Gather, Darkness!

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 211

Fritz Leiber

GATHER, DARKNESS! is a science-fiction classic. It tells the story of Armon Jarles, a man on the edge, living amidst the disputes of two rival powers at large in the world. 360 years after a nuclear holocaust ravaged mankind, throwing society back into the dark ages, the world is fraught with chaos and superstition. The new rulers over the masses of humanity are the techno-priests of the Great God, endowed with scientific knowledge lost to the rest of humanity. Jarles, originally of peasant descent, rises to become a priest of the Great God. He knows the gospel propagated by the priests to be a fraud, based on illusion and trickery. Even more offensive to him is the paucity of true believers among the priesthood. One day he rebels against his priestly training and attempts to incite the peasants to rise up and demand freedom, but they are not ready. Jarles is not the only dissenter trying to sabotage and expose the false theocracy of the priesthood - witchcraft is slowly gaining strength and support among the populace. Although Jarles is unaware, his rebellion against the power of the priests is about to throw him headlong into the middle of the greatest holy war the world has ever seen.

Night's Black Agents

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 212

Fritz Leiber

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - essay
  • Smoke Ghost - (1941) - shortstory
  • The Automatic Pistol - (1940) - shortstory
  • The Inheritance - (1942) - shortstory
  • The Hill and the Hole - (1942) - shortstory
  • The Dreams of Albert Moreland - (1945) - novelette
  • The Hound - (1942) - shortstory
  • Diary in the Snow - novelette
  • The Man Who Never Grew Young - shortstory
  • The Sunken Land - (1942) - shortstory
  • Adept's Gambit - novella

The Book of Fritz Leiber

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 213

Fritz Leiber

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - (1974) - essay by Fritz Leiber
  • The Spider - (1963)
  • Monsters and Monster Lovers - (1965)
  • A Hitch in Space - (1963)
  • Hottest and Coldest Molecules - (1952)
  • Kindergarten - (1963)
  • Those Wild Alien Words: I - (1974)
  • Crazy Annaoj - (1968)
  • Debunking the I Machine - (1949)
  • When the Last Gods Die - (1951)
  • King Lear - (1934) - essay
  • Yesterday House - (1952)
  • After Such Knowledge - (1974) - essay
  • Knight to Move - (1965)
  • Weird World of the Knight - (1960) - essay
  • To Arkham and the Stars - (1966)
  • "The Whisperer" Re-examined - (1964) - essay
  • Beauty and the Beasts - (1974)
  • Masters of Mace and Magic - (1974) - essay
  • Cat's Cradle - (1974)

The Second Book of Fritz Leiber

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 214

Fritz Leiber

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - essay
  • The Lion and the Lamb - (1950) - novelette
  • The Mighty Tides - (1961) - essay
  • Trapped in the Sea of Stars - short story
  • Fafhrd and Me - (1963) - essay
  • Belsen Express - short story
  • Ingmar Bergman: Fantasy Novelist - (1974) - essay
  • Scream Wolf - (1961) - short story
  • Those Wild Alien Words: II - essay
  • The Mechanical Bride - (1954) - short fiction
  • Through Hyperspace with Brown Jenkin - (1963) - essay
  • A Defense of Werewolves - (1948) - essay

The Green Millennium

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 215

Fritz Leiber

Hugo and Nebula award-winning Fritz Leiber is a science-fiction grand master with an unparalleled ability to discern the stranger side of the universe. THE GREEN MILLENNIUM is set in a futuristic human society based on our own. The regimented, regulated and bureaucratized life style led by the misanthropic Phil Gish leaves him feeling vaguely dissatisfied and emotionally cut off from other people. He is surprised when a pure green cat appears in his room, a cat who makes him feel happier and more alive than he has ever felt. Phil decides to call the cat Lucky, hoping his life will take a turn for the better. If you consider different as change for the better, then Gish really has got something in Lucky--something that everyone else wants--including the Mob, the FBI, some nude aliens, and a gorgeous mystery woman. When Lucky seems to vanish into thin air, Phil will do anything to get him back, even if it means challenging the very powers that rule his world.

The Sinful Ones

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 216

Fritz Leiber

Carl Mackay had an okay job, a beautiful woman, and a lot of big plains. But one day he met a beautiful, frightened girl who didn't quite belong in this world...

The Wanderer

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 217

Fritz Leiber

All eyes were watching the eclipse of the Moon when the Wanderer--a huge, garishly colored artificial world--emerged. Only a few scientists even suspected its presence, and then, suddenly and silently, it arrived, dwarfing and threatening the Moon and wreaking havoc on Earth's tides and weather. Though the Wanderer is stopping in the solar system only to refuel, its mere presence is catastrophic. A tense, thrilling, and towering achievement. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best SF Novel of the Year!

The Mile-Long Spaceship

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 219

Kate Wilhelm

Table of Contents:

  • The Mile-Long Spaceship - (1957)
  • Fear is a Cold Black - (1963)
  • Jenny with Wings - (1963)
  • A is for Automation - (1959)
  • Gift from the Stars - (1958)
  • No Light in the Window
  • One for the Road - (1959)
  • Andover and the Android - (1963)
  • The Man Without a Planet - (1962)
  • The Apostolic Travelers - (1963)
  • The Last Days of the Captain - (1962)


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 220

Philip José Farmer

Though Earthmen first landed on the planet Dare 300 years earlier, they were still bound by the same standards of snobbery and fear... until Jack Cage, eldest son of a wealthy human, found himself strangely drawn to a spectacularly beautiful native. To consort with her meant death. But why? And what were humans doing on the planet anyway?

The Saliva Tree and Other Strange Growths

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 223

Brian W. Aldiss


  • The Saliva Tree
  • Danger: Religion!
  • Day of the Doomed King
  • Legends of Smith's Burst
  • The Lonely Habit
  • One Role With Relish
  • Paternal Care
  • A Pleasure Shared
  • The Source
  • Girl and Robot with Flowers

The Green Brain

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 224

Frank Herbert

In an overpopulated world seeking living room in the jungles, the International Ecological Organization was systematically exterminating the voracious insects which made these areas uninhabitable. Using deadly foamal bombs and newly developed vibration weapons, men like Joao Martinho and his co-workers fought to clear the green hell of the Mato Grosso.

But somehow those areas which had been completely cleared were becoming reinfested, despite the impenetrable vibration barriers. And tales came out of the jungles... of insects mutated to incredible sizes... of creatures who seemed to be men, but whose eyes gleamed with the chitinous sheen of insects....

A fascinating examination of the fragile balance between consciousness, man and insect from one of the best-loved science fiction creators of all time

The Diploids and Other Flights of Fancy

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 225

Katherine MacLean


  • The Diploids
  • Defense Mechanism
  • The Pyramid in the Desert (variant of And Be Merry...)
  • The Snowball Effect
  • Incommunicado
  • Feedback
  • Games
  • Pictures Don't Lie

Riverworld and Other Stories

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 226

Philip José Farmer

This collection was retitled Riverworld: The Great Short Fiction of Philip José Farmer when re-released in 1983. (It contains the original "Riverworld" short story, but is not otherwise part of the Riverworld series.)


  • Stories That Will Not Appear in This Volume [introduction by Philip José Farmer]
  • Riverworld (1966)
  • The Volcano (1976)
  • The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol (1977)
  • The Problem of the Sore Bridge -- Among Others (1975)
  • Brass and Gold (or Horse and Zeppelin in Beverly Hills) (1971)
  • The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod (1970)
  • The Voice of the Sonar in My Vermiform Appendix (1971)
  • Monolog (1973)
  • The Leaser of Two Evils (1979)
  • The Phantom of the Sewers (1978)

Beyond This Horizon

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 227

Robert A. Heinlein

Hamilton Felix, the result of generations of genetic selection, finds his life as the ultimate man boring, until a gang of revolutionaries tries to enlist him in their cause.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 247

John Saul

From the blood of the past, evil rises to seek undying vengeance... Prairie Bend.

Brilliant summers amid golden fields. Killing winters of razorlike cold. A peaceful, neighborly village, darkened by legends of death? Who is Nathaniel? For 100 years, the people of Prairie Bend have whispered the name in wonder and fear. Some say he is simply a folk tale - a legend created to frighten children on cold winter nights. Some swear he is a terrifying spirit returned to avenge the past. And soon... very soon... some will come to believe that Nathaniel lives still - darkly, horrifyingly real. Nathaniel.

For young Michael Hall, newly arrived in isolated Prairie Bend after having lost his father to a sudden tragic accident, Nathaniel is the voice that calls him across the prairie night...the voice that draws him into the shadowy depths of the old, crumbling barn where he has been forbidden to go... the voice - chanting, compelling - he will follow faithfully beyond the edge of terror... Nathaniel.


Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 248

Piers Anthony

Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe. But although they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty-first century. By analyzing information carried on macrons, this unbelievable tool brought the whole universe of wonders to man's doorstep. The macroscope was seen by many as the salvation of the human race.

But in the hands of the wrong man, the macroscope could be immensely destructive-infinitely more dangerous than the nuclear bomb. By searching to know too much, man could destroy the very essence of his mind. This is the powerful story of man's struggle with technology, and also the story of his human struggle with himself. This novel takes us across the breathtaking ranges of space as well as through the most touching places in the human heart. It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love. It is the story of man's desperate search for a compromise between his mind and his heart, between knowledge and humanity.