In A Glass Darkly

by Sheridan le Fanu “All lights are the same to me,” he said; “except when I read or write, I care not if night were perpetual.” There are five stories in this rather sizable book, which makes them more novella or novelette length than shorts, despite the book being known as a short story collection.... Continue Reading →

The Rise of Endymion

by Dan Simmons “Humans have been waiting for Jesus and Yahweh and E.T. to save their asses since before they covered those asses with bearskins and came out of the cave,” she said. “They’ll have to keep waiting. This is our business … our fight … and we have to take care of it ourselves.”... Continue Reading →

Nightfall

by David Goodis The type he was dealing with was the most dangerous and clever of them all. On the surface a soft-voiced innocence, an unembroidered sincerity. Beneath the surface a chess player who could do amazing things without board and chessmen. Vanning is caught between the law and a murderous pack of thieves, all... Continue Reading →

The Humanoids

by Jack Williamson Utterly benevolent, more dreadful than anything evil, these perfect and eternal keepers of mankind prohibited even the freedom of despair. Originally published as a novelette (With Folded Hands) and expanded to novel form a year later, The Humanoids opens with a human race that's spread across the galaxy but never managed to shed itself... Continue Reading →

A Scent of New-Mown Hay

by John Blackburn “Gentlemen, a pestilence has broken out in the northern regions of the Soviet Union. A pestilence so terrible that if we cannot stop it we are finished. And so are you.” Part horror, part science fiction and part crime procedural, A Scent of New-Mown Hay takes place during and slightly after World... Continue Reading →

Elasticity – The Best of Elastic Press

by Various Authors, Andrew Hook (Ed.) I lay there, unable to move, remembering what it felt like to die. No one alive should know what that's like.  -Marion Arnott Consisting of fourteen short stories and one novella, this book contains nine original works and six that were scavenged from prior release and brought under the Elastic... Continue Reading →

Dark Passage

by David Goodis Hate walked in and floated at the side of fear. After a daring prison escape, innocent Parry finds himself at the mercy of Irene who followed his trial and believes in his innocence despite the guilty proclamation. Parry’s first order of business is to make himself unrecognizable to the law, and his... Continue Reading →

The Windup Girl

by Paolo Bacigalupi Children playing at war. Children who don't deserve to die, but are too foolish to live. Our futures have been ravaged, partially by war, partially by disease, but mostly by megalithic corporations. Food cannot grow, and what little can actually be produced is seized in the vice grip of a few mega-corporations... Continue Reading →

Two-Handed Engine

by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore “It reminds me of the old story about the guy who took a short cut through a haunted forest on Hallowe’en,” Cynthia said. “He was thinking that he’d always been on the level, and if devils could get him just because he was in the forest, there just wasn’t... Continue Reading →

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