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The Rich Boy

Mr. Spaceship

di Philip K. Dick

A human brain-controlled spacecraft would mean mechanical perfection. This was accomplished, and something unforeseen: a strange entity called— Mr. Spaceship.

When the World Screamed

Professor Challenger #5

di Arthur Conan Doyle

Professor Challenger drills into the earth until he reaches the mantle, convinced that it is a sentient being and that by doing so he will be the first person to alert it to mankind's presence. He awakens the...

The Variable Man

di Philip K. Dick

He fixed things—clocks, refrigerators, vidsenders and destinies. But he had no business in the future, where the calculators could not handle him. He was Earth’s only hope—and its sure failure!

Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen

The War Prayer

di Mark Twain

Written by Mark Twain during the Philippine-American War in the first decade of the twentieth century, The War Prayer tells of a patriotic church service held to send the town's young men off to war. During...

The Magic Shop

How It Feels To Die, By One Who Has Tried It; and Other Stories

di Grant Allen

This is a collection of stories by Grant Allen, published in various years. The title story is personal. Allen nearly drowned when he fell through the ice while skating as a boy in Canada, and wrote about the...

The Trial for Murder

A Witch Shall be Born

Second Variety

di Philip K. Dick

The claws were bad enough in the first place—nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace—if it could!

In the Penal Colony

di Franz Kafka

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau's The Torture Garden as an influence. As in some of Kafka's other writings, the narrator in this...

The Colour Out of Space

di Howard Phillips Lovecraft

"The Colour Out of Space" is a first-person narrative written from the perspective of an unnamed surveyor from Boston. In order to prepare for the construction of a new reservoir in Massachusetts, he surveys...

The New Dress

The Country Doctor

di Franz Kafka

The plot follows a country doctor's hapless struggle to attend a sick young boy on a cold winter's night. A series of surreal events occur in the process, including the appearance of a mysterious groom in a...

The Big Trip Up Yonder

di Kurt Vonnegut

If it was good enough for your grandfather, forget it ... it is much too good for anyone else!

The Red Hawk

The Book of Wonder

di Lord Dunsany

The Book of Wonder is the seventh book and fifth original short story collection of Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin...

Jungle Tales of Tarzan

Where Love is, There God is Also