Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New at Project Gutenberg (16 June 2010)

Links on author, publisher, or year fetch more matching fiction.

Of the less well known authors, I personally have had good experience with Mark Clifton & Winston K Marks. Clifton can sometimes be very good; Marks is generally consistently readable. I haven't read their specific pieces included here, however.

  1. [novel] William Richard Bradshaw's "The Goddess of Atvatabar: Being the history of the discovery of the interior world and conquest of Atvatabar" (1891); download: I'm not sure, but it sounds like a genre work. Some sort of adventure involving a polar expedition.
  2. Dorothy Quick's "The Lost Door"; download; Weird Tales, October 1936: "An alluring but deadly horror out of past centuries menaced the life of the young American--a fascinating tale of a strange and eery love".
  3. Richard S Shaver's "Daughter of the Night"; download; Amazing Stories, December 1948: "The evil magic of the Goddess Diana turned men to stone. Would the power of the strange Eos be strong enough to turn them back to living men?"
  4. Philip K Dick's "Piper in the Woods"; download; Imagination, February 1953: "Earth maintained an important garrison on Asteroid Y-3. Now suddenly it was imperiled with a biological impossibility--men becoming plants!"
  5. Winston K Marks' "Backlash"; download; Galaxy, January 1954: "They were the perfect servants--they were willing to do everything for nothing. The obvious question is: How much is nothing?"
  6. Mark Clifton's "A Woman's Place"; download; Galaxy, May 1955: "Home is where you hang up your spaceship--that is, if you have any Miss Kitty along!"
  7. Stephen Marlowe's "Think Yourself to Death"; download; Amazing Stories, March 1957: "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."
Related: Fiction from old "pulp" magazines.