Against the Fall of Night

by Arthur C. Clarke In his play he had now found the ultimate, deadly toy which might wreck what was left of human civilization—but whatever the outcome, to him it would still be a game. Earth has changed from what we now recognize, being hundreds of millions of years in the future, and mankind both... Continue Reading →

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More Than Human

by Theodore Sturgeon “No one knows what’s really wrong with you but you; no one can find a cure for it but you; no one but you can identify it as a cure; and once you find it, no one but you can do anything about it.” The twin sisters can teleport. The baby holds... 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 →

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 →

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 →

The City & The City

by China Mieville Is it more foolish and childish to assume there is a conspiracy, or that there is not? In an odd kind of futuristic noir, Inspector Borlu lives in a city that’s split to the point its inhabitants aren’t legally allowed to acknowledge the other city, so anyone living there carefully learns to... Continue Reading →

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