Rendezvous on a Lost World

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Rendezvous-On-A-Lost-World-websiteBy A. Bertram Chandler
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

His was a dream few spacemen ever saw come true. Alan Kemp was an obsessed man–driven by the realization of a dream into the black emptiness between the stars.  In a rebuilt, second-hand, obsolete ship, Kemp and his three comrades too off–determined to set up a shuttle between the planets at the Rim of the galaxy.  But trouble–in the form of two lost colonies, one inhabited by giant mechanical insects and the other ruled by the descendants of a murderous pirate–threatened. Kemp’s crew began to wonder: just how much will a man sacrifice to realize a dream?

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The 13th Immortal

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The-13th-Immortal-websiteBy Robert Silverberg
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

What happens when men become immortal?  Can living forever become boring?  What happens to you when you see your lovers, wives and even children grow old and die and you continue in a status that defies aging?  Life upon a planet divided into twelve grids wherein each section has its Immortal or Duke and seems to be tranquil and well-organized.  How is it that a 13th immortal becomes known and challenges the stability and ways of the other twelve rulers?

“Who was your father?” the mutant asked Dale Kesley.  And try as he might, Kesley could not remember: his past was an utter blank.  But he knew one thing—the answer to his life’s riddle lay in Antarctica, the once frozen continent, now an earthly paradise surrounded by an impenetrable barrier. But how to get there?  The only means of transportation were the spindly six-legged mutant horses.  And it was suicide for Kesley to travel on the American continents.  Two immortal dictators had set king-size rewards for his capture–dead or alive.  But somewhere in the two continents there was someone who would help him, someone he had to find.  The future of the world depended on his success.

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Doomsday Eve

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Doomsday-Eve-websiteBy Robert Moore Williams
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

SPLIT-SECOND RACE WITH WORLD’S END!

In the midst of the war—that terrible conflict that threatened humanity’s total destruction—the “new people” suddenly appeared.  Quietly performing incredible deeds, vanishing at will, they were an enigma to both sides. Kurt Zen was an American intelligence officer among the many sent to root them out.  He found them.  Taken captive in their hidden lair, he waited as the enemy prepared to launch the super missile, the bomb to end all bombs—and all life.  If only he could find the source of the new people’s power, Kurt alone might be able to prevent obliteration of the Earth…

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Beyond the Silver Sky

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Beyond-the-Silver-Sky-websiteBy Kenneth Bulmer
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

Keston Ochiltree’s visit home had been short and disastrous. His newborn nephew had proved to be one of the Hopeless Ones and had only served to remind him of the present plight of mankind. Keston knew that the decision he was being called on to make might mean a new start for humanity or the end of their underwater civilization. Each day found more Hopeless Ones being born: pitiful creatures with webbed hands and feet. More important, the inhuman Zammu were pressing their attack in a fierce struggle between species. Most important, the silver sky was lowering. The shimmering sky -level would soon shrink until they all burned in the gaseous beyond.  So Keston’s decision might mean everything. Should he stay in the Emperor’s shark cavalry to fight the Zammu? Or should he join Professor Lansing in an illegal attempt to find what lay Beyond the Silver Sky?

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First on the Moon

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First-on-the-Moon-websiteFirst on the Moon
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

The four men had been scrutinized, watched, investigated, and intensively trained for more than a year.  They were the best men to be found for that first, all-important flight to the Moon—the pioneer manned rocket that would give either the East or the West control over the Earth.  Yet when the race started, Adam Crag found that he had a saboteur among his crew… a traitor!  Such a man could give the Reds possession of Luna, and thereby dominate the world it circled.  Any one of the other three could be the hidden enemy, and if he didn’t discover the agent soon—even while they were roaring on rocket jets through outer space—then Adam Crag, his expedition, and his country would be destroyed!  First on the Moon is a thrilling adventure…  a top-notch novel!

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Bring Back Yesterday

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Bring-Back-Yesterday-websiteBring Back Yesterday
(Vintage Science Fiction Pulp)

John Petersen, second mate on the interstellar run, met the gorgeous Ilona in the passengers’ lounge of the ship. Then he met her again in her apartment on Carinthia. In fact, that’s where he was when he missed the return flight, thereby becoming a Distressed Terran Spaceman. For a while, it looked like Petersen was in deep trouble, for a D.T.S. is the kind of guy no one wants around.  That’s why he was extra dubious when a Carinthian private eye offered him a job.  And taking that job was like jumping out of the alpha and in the gamma rays.  For Petersen was soon to find himself in his own vicious time cycle.  And unless he could figure it out, he wouldn’t even have the pleasure of dying.

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The Time Traders

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The-Time-Traders-websiteBy Andre Norton
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

Andre Norton weaves another spellbinding science fiction tale that takes place in multiple layers of time and during different periods of history.  If it is possible to conquer space, then perhaps one can also conquer time. To test this theory Ross Murdock finds him­self transplanted to the North Pole to participate in a top secret project. It is suspected that Russian scientists have discovered how to transport themselves back to prehistoric times in order to learn long forgotten secrets. A convicted criminal in his own time period, Ross becomes a volunteer in the government program that hopes to beat the Russians to the discovery of these scientific secrets.  Can time travel be artificially created? Can people from different time periods be brought forward from the past through the use of technology?  Perhaps the real question is, can they return!

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Cosmic Checkmate

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Cosmic-Checkmate-websiteBy Charles V. DeVet and Katherine MacLean
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

“I’ll beat you the second game,” was the Earthman’s challenge to the planet Velda—whose culture was indeed based on a complicated super-chess of skill and concentration. A Human and a Veldian could meet over a game board, but was there any other ground for understanding? For the code of Velda was strange and savage, based on a concept of honor no Earthman could comprehend. The men were warriors and the women were—mysteries. One world was challenging a galaxy, as one man was challenging that world.  And in the contest for a universe, would there be a second game?

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Fire Past the Future

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Fire-Past-The-Future-websiteBy Charles Eric Maine
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

Farrant was a good man—maybe too good, with his easygoing humor and wry acknowledgment that he was something of a dunderhead among a flock of super-experts. Yet Farrant committed at least one particularly bloody killing—and then couldn’t remember that his victim was dead. How many others had he killed?  What was the secret locked in his mind—the secret that affected the lives of everybody on the island, and which would eventually uncover the secret of AGNES itself?  Fire Past The Future is an excellent example of the oft-heard statement that the science fiction writers of the fifties and sixties pored over the science and invention magazines and were aware of what was on the horizon or within research.  The information about atomic energy, space exploration and anti-gravity is extremely interesting.  Such data is woven within a fascinating story of exploration, rocketry and even murder.  If you know of or have heard of the Lorentz-Fitzgerald theory, you’ll love this story!

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Hero’s Walk

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Heros-Walk-websiteBy Robert Crane
(Classic Science Fiction Pulp)

It had come—the dreaded bombardment from outer space. The mysterious voices had warned Earth; but ambition and vanity had driven a few powerful men to disregard the warnings. Now Neil Harrison of InterCos (the UN of the future) had to make his way through the frightening streets of New York to meet the girl who waited for him. During that walk through the frightening bomb-lit dark, the drama of the future world (and of much of today’s, too) is revealed in a moving and truly unusual narrative.  Because that future America is simply our world—with all its virtues and defects—carried forward some decades and intensified. It’s called InterCos now, not the U.N.; the threat is not from behind the Iron Curtain, but from beyond the stars; but men are behaving the same way. They are heroic and silly; they are visionary and short-sighted; they push the world to the brink of destruction and then fight valiantly to save it.

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