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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

Vatican - The Hidden World

Posted by Jayden at November 18, 2015, 6:53 pm in Movies » Documentary - Religion

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The Vatican is both the heart of the Catholic Church and the center of power of an institution that has wielded political influence until the very recent past. In its nearly 2000-year history, entire royal dynasties, states and countries have emerged and vanished again, while the Vatican itself managed to weather the storms of history. No other state has been able to sustain its power so steadily. This film sets out to explain why its continuity persists undisputed to this day. The papal power is founded on the people who work there as servants of God. But what ... read more

The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman

Posted by Jayden at June 6, 2015, 8:41 pm in Ebooks » Mystery - Detective

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Missing diamonds, untouched safe, two blood smeared thumb prints and a mysterious Mr X. If these are present, Dr Thorndyke must be there too. Will he be able to solve this case?

The Red Thumb Mark is the first novel of Freeman’s best-selling Thorndyke series.

Richard Austin Freeman (11 April 1862 – 28 September 1943) was a British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico-legal forensic investigator Dr. Thorndyke. He claimed to have invented the inverted detective story (a crime fiction in which the commission of the crime is described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator, with the story then describing the detective's attempt to solve the mystery). Freeman used some of his early experiences as a colonial surgeon in his novels.

Many of the Dr. Thorndyke stories involve genuine, but often quite arcane, points of scientific knowledge, from areas such as tropical medicine, metallurgy and toxicology.


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"Conflagratam An° 1677. Fabricatam An° 1698. Richardo Powell Armiger Thesaurar." The words, set in four panels, which formed a frieze beneath the pediment of a fine brick portico, summarised the history of one of the tall houses at the upper end of King's Bench Walk and as I, somewhat absently, read over the inscription, my attention was divided between admiration of the exquisitely finished carved brickwork and the quiet dignity of the building, and an effort to reconstitute the dead and gone Richard Powell, and the stirring times in which he... read more

The Hungry Stones, and Other Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Posted by Jayden at January 19, 2015, 10:41 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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Tagore is an artist of rare lyrical powers, who understands the human soul. Tagore's poems and stories are devotions, mystical, sublimated ecstasy. They are the thoughts of a seer, the perfect union of beauty and truth in poetry.

Contents: Hungry Stones; Victory; Once there was a King; Homecoming; My Lord, the Baby; Kingdom of Cards; Devotee; Vision; Babus of Nayanjore; Living or Dead; We Crown Thee King; Renunciation, Cabuliwallah.



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Preface:

The stories contained in this volume were translated by several hands. The version of The Victory is the author's own work. The seven stories which follow were translated by Mr. C. F. Andrews, with the help of the author's help. Assistance has also been given by the Rev. E. J. Thompson, Panna Lal Basu, Prabhat Kumar Mukerjii, and the Sister Nivedita.

THE HUNGRY STONES

My kinsman and myself were returning to Calcutta from our Puja trip when we met the man in a train. From his dress and bearing we took him at first for an up-country Mahomedan, but we were puzzled as we heard him talk. He discoursed upon all subjects so confidently that you might think the Disposer of All Things consulted him at all times in all that He did. Hitherto we had been perfectly happy, as we did not know that secret and unheard-of forces were at work, that... read more

Thunderbolts of the Gods

Posted by Jayden at November 16, 2014, 5:16 pm in Movies » Documentary - Science

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This film introduces you to the key themes of the Thunderbolts theory and includes interviews with a number of the principal figures in Electric Universe research.

Thunderbolts is designed to prepare the viewer for the work of David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill now being presented in a monograph series of which THUNDERBOLTS OF THE GODS is the first, the ELECTRIC UNIVERSE the second. The film also includes contributions from other members of the "THUNDERBOLTS PROJECT' group.

The Thunderbolts promises the viewer, in 64 minutes, a clear understanding of the major elements of the theory being explored by Talbott, Thornhill and... read more

No Name by Wilkie Collins

Posted by Jayden at September 29, 2014, 10:08 pm in Ebooks » Mystery - Detective

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Wilkie Collins tells the story of Magdalen Vanstone. When she and her sister are revealed as illegitimate, they are denied their inheritance and excluded from society. Her sister bows to her fate, but Magdalen herself is determined to overcome society's obstacles to claim her money and her position.

PREFACE (From the Project Gutenberg)

THE main purpose of this story is to appeal to the reader's interest in a subject which has been the theme of some of the greatest writers, living and dead—but which has never been, and can never be, exhausted, because it is a subject eternally interesting to all mankind. Here is one more book that depicts the struggle of a human creature, under those opposing influences of Good and Evil, which we have all felt, which we have all known. It has been my aim to make the character of "Magdalen," which personifies this struggle, a pathetic character even in its perversity and its error; and I have tried hard to attain this result by the least obtrusive and the least artificial of all means—by a resolute adherence throughout to the truth as it is in Nature. This design was... read more

The Terrible Answer by Arthur G. Hill

Posted by Jayden at September 5, 2014, 9:48 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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They came to Mars inquiring after the stuff of Empire. They got—
The
TERRIBLE
ANSWER
By Arthur G. Hill

They came down to Mars ahead of the rest because Larkin had bought an unfair advantage—a copy of the Primary Report. There were seven of them, all varying in appearance, but with one thing in common; in the eyes of each glowed the greed for Empire. They came down in a flash of orange tail-fire and they looked first at the Martians.

"Green," marveled Evans. "What a queer shade of green!"

"Not important," Cleve, the psychologist, replied. "Merely a matter of pigmentation. White, yellow, black, green. It proves only that God loves variety."

"And lord how they grin!"

Cleve peered learnedly. "Doesn't indicate a thing. They were born with... read more

The Vampire by Jan Neruda

Posted by Jayden at August 15, 2014, 7:14 pm in Ebooks » Short Stories

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The excursion steamer brought us from Constantinople to the shore of the island of Prinkipo and we disembarked. The number of passengers was not large. There was one Polish family, a father, a mother, a daughter and her bridegroom, and then we two. Oh, yes, I must not forget that when we were already on the wooden bridge which crosses the Golden Horn to Constantinople, a Greek, a rather youthful man, joined us. He was probably an artist, judging by the portfolio he carried under his arm. Long black locks floated to his shoulders, his face was pale, and his black eyes were deeply set in their sockets. From the first moment he interested me, especially for his obligingness and for his knowledge of local conditions. But he talked too much, and I then turned away from him.

All the more agreeable was the Polish family. The father and mother were good-natured, fine people, the lover a handsome young fellow, of direct and refined manners. They had come to Prinkipo to spend the summer months for the sake of the daughter, who was slightly ailing. The... read more

Dead Man's Planet by Joseph Samachson

Posted by Jayden at July 23, 2014, 9:08 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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When a driven man arrives at a cemetery world,
what else can it be but journey's end—and the start
of a new one?




Outside the ship, it was the sun that blazed angrily. Inside, it was Sam Wilson's temper. "Study your lessons," he snarled, with a savageness that surprised himself, "or I'll never let you set foot on this planet at all."

"Okay, Pop," said Mark, a little white around the nostrils. He looked old for so young a kid. "I didn't mean anything wrong."

"I don't care what you meant. You do as you're told."

In the quiet that followed, broken only by the hum of the arithmetic-tape, Sam wondered at himself. As kids went, Mark had never been a nuisance. Certainly Rhoda had never had any trouble with him. But Rhoda had been altogether different. Sam was tough and he had always got a sense of satisfaction out of knowing that he was hard-boiled. Or at least that was once true. Rhoda had... read more

Creatures of Vibration by Harl Vincent

Posted by Jayden at June 19, 2014, 8:13 pm in Ebooks » Science Fiction

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Harl Vincent (full name Harold Vincent Schoepflin) was an American science fiction writer and mechanical engineer, born at the end of the 19th Century.

Almost all of Harl Vincent's work in science fiction were short stories, published in "pulp" magazines including "Amazing Stories", "Astounding Stories" and "Astounding Science-Fiction".

The Doomsday Planet was the only story that was published as a full novel in paperback.


Creatures of Vibration

A Sequel to "Vagabonds of Space"

By Harl Vincent

The Vagabonds of Space are cast into
the hands of the vibration-maddened
natives of Titan, satellite of Saturn.

Carr Parker sat day-dreaming at the Nomad's controls. More than a week of Earth time had passed since the self-styled "vagabonds of space" had left Europa, and now they were fast approaching the great ringed orb of Saturn with the intention of exploring her satellites.... read more

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