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Where Love is, There God is Also by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Posted by donatien at August 7, 2016, 4:01 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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Written by one of the world's most famous and beloved storytellers, this attractively packaged book includes three tales: Where Love Is, There God Is Also, The Hermits, and What Men Live By.
Tolstoy is best known for his classic works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.


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In the city lived the shoemaker, Martuin Avdyeitch. He lived in a basement, in a little room with one window. The window looked out on the street. Through the window he used to watch the people passing by; although only their feet could be seen, yet by the boots, Martuin Avdyeitch recognized the people. Martuin Avdyeitch had lived long in one place, and had many acquaintances. Few pairs of boots in his district had not been in his hands once and again. Some he would half-sole, some he would patch, some he would stitch around, and... read more

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Posted by Jayden at July 2, 2016, 3:30 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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Herland is a utopian novel from 1915, written by feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). The result is an ideal social order, free of war, conflict and domination.


EXCERPT from CHAPTER 1. A Not Unnatural Enterprise


This is written from memory, unfortunately. If I could have brought with me the material I so carefully prepared, this would be a very different story. Whole books full of notes, carefully copied records, firsthand descriptions, and the pictures—that's the worst loss. We had some bird's-eyes of the cities and parks; a lot of lovely views of streets, of buildings, outside and... read more

Think Yourself to Death by Stephen Marlowe

Posted by imarion at March 26, 2016, 7:12 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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If you've never read a Johnny Mayhem story before, you are in for a treat. Johnny, who wears different bodies the way ordinary people wear clothes, is one of the most fascinating series characters in science fiction.

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When he reached Ophiuchus, Johnny Mayhem was wearing the body of an elderly Sirian gentleman.

Nothing could have been more incongruous. The Sirian wore a pince-nez, a dignified two-piece jumper in a charcoal color, sedate two-tone boots and a black string-tie.

The loiterers in the street near the Galactic Observer's building looked, and pointed, and laughed. Using the dignity of the dead Sirian, whose body he wore like other people wear clothing, Johnny Mayhem ignored them. They had a point, of course. It was hot and humid on Ophiuchus IX. The loiterers in the dusty, evil-smelling streets wore nothing but... read more

Between Friends by Robert W. Chambers

Posted by Aketeron at March 4, 2016, 6:33 pm in Ebooks » Romance

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What secrets are held between friends? Drene, a dramatic, moody sculptor, shares many secrets with his hood friend, Graylock. Women wed and wooed, death courted and shunned, sanity doubted and restored, these are all part of the dramas between the lifelong friends and sometimes enemies. And to think it all starts when a woman comes between friends.


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Like a man who reenters a closed and darkened house and lies down; lying there, remains conscious of sunlight outside, of bird-calls, and the breeze in the trees, so had Drene entered into the obscurity of himself.

Through the chambers of his brain the twilit corridors where cringed his bruised and disfigured soul, there nothing stirring except the automatic pulses which never cease.

Sometimes, when the sky itself crashes earthward and the world lies in ruins from horizon to horizon, life goes on.

The things that men live through—and live!... read more

Recruit for Andromeda by Stephen Marlowe

Posted by timon at February 16, 2016, 8:44 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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Stephen Marlowe

Born
in Brooklyn, NY, The United States
August 07, 1928

Died
February 22, 2008

Genre
Mystery & Thrillers, Science Fiction & Fantasy



Aka Milton S. Lesser, Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, Jason Ridgway, C.H. Thames.

Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008) was the author of more than fifty novels, including nearly two dozen featuring globe-trotting private eye Chester Drum. Born Milton Lesser, Marlowe was raised in Brooklyn and attended the College of William and Mary. After several years writing science fiction under his given name, he legally adopted his pen name, and began focusing on Chester Drum, the Washington-based detective who first appeared in The Second Longest Night (1955).... read more

A City Near Centaurus by Bill Doede

Posted by Taylor1 at January 13, 2016, 8:34 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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The city was sacred, but not to its gods.
Michaelson was a god—but far from sacred!


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Crouched in the ancient doorway like an animal peering out from his burrow, Mr. Michaelson saw the native.

At first he was startled, thinking it might be someone else from the Earth settlement who had discovered the old city before him. Then he saw the glint of sun against the metallic skirt, and relaxed.

He chuckled to himself, wondering with amusement what a webfooted man was doing in an old dead city so far from his people. Some facts were known about the people of Alpha Centaurus II. They were not actually natives, he recalled. They were a colony from the fifth planet of the system. They were a curious people. Some were highly intelligent, though uneducated.

He decided to ignore the man for the moment. He was far down the ancient street, a mere speck against the sand. There would be plenty of time to wonder about him.... read more

The Nether World by George Gissing

Posted by aloisio at December 22, 2015, 6:44 pm in Ebooks » Literary

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The Nether World is a novel written by the English author George Gissing. The plot concerns several poor families living in the slums of 19th century London. Rich in naturalistic detail, the novel concentrates on the individual problems and hardships which result from the typical shortages experienced by the lower classes — want of money, employment and decent living conditions.


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CHAPTER I
A THRALL OF THRALLS

In the troubled twilight of a March evening ten years ago, an old man, whose equipment and bearing suggested that he was fresh from travel, walked slowly across Clerkenwell Green, and by the graveyard of St. James's Church stood for a moment looking about him. His age could not be far from seventy, but, despite the stoop of his shoulders, he gave little sign of failing under the burden of years; his sober step indicated gravity of character rather than... read more

Where the World is Quiet by Henry Kuttner

Posted by demian at November 12, 2015, 9:39 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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The life of an anthropologist is no doubt filled much of the time with the monotonous routine of carefully assembling powdery relics of ancient races and civilizations. But White's lone Peruvian odyssey was most unusual. A story pseudonymously penned by one of the greats in the genre.


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Fra Rafael saw strange things, impossible things. Then there was the mystery of the seven young virginal girls of Huascan.



Fra Rafael drew the llama-wool blanket closer about his narrow shoulders, shivering in the cold wind that screamed down from Huascan. His face held great pain. I rose, walked to the door of the hut and peered through fog at the shadowy haunted lands that lifted toward the sky—the Cordilleras that make a rampart along Peru's eastern border.... read more

Voyage To Eternity by Stephen Marlowe

Posted by amauri at October 20, 2015, 6:05 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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American-born Stephen Marlowe was a prolific writer who made his mark in several genres, including science fiction. In the gripping page-turner Voyage to Eternity, the galaxy is engaged in a seemingly endless war of epic proportions. When young Christopher Temple is called to serve, he finds himself torn between a sense of duty and a desperate desire to remain with his beloved Stephanie. Will patriotism or romance win out?


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When the first strong sunlight of May covered the tree-arched avenues of Center City with green, the riots started.

The people gathered in angry knots outside the city hall, met in the park and littered its walks with newspapers and magazines as they gobbled up editorial comment at a furious rate, slipped with dark of night through back alleys and planned things with furious futility. Center City's finest knew when to make themselves scarce: their uniforms stood for everything objectionable at this time and ... read more

Genesis by H. Beam Piper

Posted by colibri at September 16, 2015, 8:28 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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GENESIS
By
H. Beam Piper
FEATURE NOVELET
OF LOST WORLDS

Was this ill-fated expedition the end of a proud, old race—or the beginning of a new one?

There are strange gaps in our records of the past. We find traces of man-like things—but, suddenly, man appears, far too much developed to be the "next step" in a well-linked chain of evolutionary evidence. Perhaps something like the events of this story furnishes the answer to the riddle.

Aboard the ship, there was neither day nor night; the hours slipped gently by, as vistas of star-gemmed blackness slid across the visiscreens. For the crew, time had some meaning—one watch on duty and two off. But for the thousand-odd colonists, the men and women who were to be the spearhead of migration to a new and friendlier planet, it had none. They slept, and... read more

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