1956: Judy is the designated town slut of Stillwater Creek. After getting thrown out of a sock hop at the local high school, Judy winds up going to the movies with bad boy Hank instead, where a science fiction double feature is playing. However, before the first reel of the second movie is through, the night is interrupted by a very real invasion of flying saucers from outer space…
This is a novelette of 8500 words or approx. 30 pages in the The Day the Saucers Came… series, but may be read as a standalone.
In this third installment of the adventures of John Carter on Mars, our hero labors under sentence of death (for having returned from the land of the dead) in a heroic struggle to recover the beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium. He scours the planet from pole to pole, enduring imprisonment and torture, outwitting antagonists, reveling in carnage, accepting aid from unlikely sources, and dealing tactfully with women who love him despite his devotion to his wife. Having deprived an entire planet of its false religion, he offers in its place worldwide alliances and the promise of lasting peace. (Summary by Thomas Copeland)
Melena Sanders is locked away in Purgatory-which is no vacation-but she'll soon be returning to Alaska, where troubles are mounting once again. Suspicious fires are breaking out, supernaturals are being attacked, and there's an enemy lurking out there waiting for his chance to strike. Her lover, Lucas, is managing to hold their home together during her absence, but he's more than ready for her to return. It will take the two of them working together, along with friends and family, to overcome the darkness that is about to unleash.
A space traveler lives out his recurring nightmare foretelling the impending destruction of Earth—and the horrific fate of humankind. Raised by his grandparents on a Midwestern farm, Jag is selected as one of twelve prodigy students enrolled in the first-ever Space University on board the International Space Station. There he competes against fellow classmates to create an invention that will propel humanity into intergalactic travel. Overcome with jealousy, a fellow classmate sabotages Jag’s creation and sends him spiraling into deep space, where he is enslaved by ruthless pirates, sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and put in a position where he ultimately holds the salvation of Earth in his hands. Can Jag overcome his bitterness and forgive those who harmed him in time to save humanity?
Commander Greylorn has a problem. No, actually he has two of them. It's not enough that the remaining residents of Earth have pinned their last hope of salvation on him and his mission. He has to find a colony that presumedly was established at an unknown star two centuries before and beg their help. But first, he has the small matter of a mutiny on board his starship, and people are trying to kill him!Written in an era when radios used vacuum tubes, the scientific component of the story is quaint and dated. But Laumer makes the centerpiece of his tale the retelling of how, four years out on the voyage, his crew decides it wants to give up and go home when it meets an alien race... that apparently breeds humans in captivity as food animals!Beating the aliens, shanghaiing the crew, finding the colony and saving Mother Earth - just the ingredients for a rattling good yarn! (summary by Mark F. Smith)
Exiled from the court of Queen Elizabeth for accusing a powerful nobleman of treason, swordsman-turned-spy Mal Catlyn has been living in France with his young valet Coby Hendricks for the past year. But Mal harbours a darker secret: he and his twin brother share a soul that once belonged to a skrayling, one of the mystical creatures from the New World.
When Mal's dream about a skrayling shipwreck in the Mediterranean proves reality, it sets him on a path to the beautiful but treacherous city of Venice-and a conflict of loyalties that will place him and his friends in greater danger than ever.
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