Sci Fi Shorts is a collection of classic science fiction stories from the golden age of space stories. This group of four unabridged short stories by various authors covers such adventures as invading technological hordes, superweapons on the moon, meteors with strange powers, and robot armies waging war on mankind.
The humanoid - man's ultimate mechanical triumph and perfect servant - so flawlessly effective and self-regenerative as to stifle mankind into impotence and eventual enslavement - was the invention of Jack Williamson in one of the finest science fiction novels of all time, The Humanoids.
"Great Listen - But - The Weakest of the Trilogy"
Who is the Child of Night? That’s what small-town reporter Will Barbee must find out. Inexorably drawn into investigating a rash of grisly deaths, he soon finds himself embroiled in something far beyond mortal understanding. Doggedly pursuing his investigations, he meets the mysterious and seductive April Bell and starts having disturbing, tantalizing dreams in which he does terrible things - things that are stranger and wilder than his worst nightmares. Then his friends begin dying one by one, and he slowly realizes that an unspeakable evil has been unleashed.
Why are so many old people dying of starvation - yet their pockets are stuffed with money? Based on a story by H.L. Gold. this episode of X Minus One originally aired on July 17, 1956.
In the second book in the Legion of Space series, Jay Kalam, Hal Samdu, and Giles Habibula fight The Cometeers, an alien race of energy beings controlling a "comet" which is really a giant force field containing a swarm of planets populated by their slaves. The slave races are of flesh and blood, but none are remotely similar to humans. The Cometeers cannot be destroyed by AKKA, as they are incorporeal from the Universe's point of view and exist for the most part in an alternate reality.
A sinister message - and a loathsome serpent-like trademark - were the only clues the Legion of Space had to the identity of Mankind's most evasive and horrible enemy. But meanwhile, He or It - had meticulously begun to destroy the world... The Legion of Space was well accustomed to facing mortal peril in the black depths of outer space in order to defend humanity against its unearthly foes.
They were the greatest trio of swashbuckling adventurers ever to ship out to the stars! There was giant Hal Samdu, rocklike Jay Kalam, and the incomparable, shrewd, and knavish Giles Habibula. Here is there first thrilling adventure - the peril-packed attempt to rescue the most important person in the galaxy, keeper of the vital secret essential to humanity's survival in the deadly struggle against the incredibly evil Medusae.
"Cliff-Hanging Space-Opera Adventure!"
A spaceman who ekes out a living by mining precious metals from meteors comes across an incredible find - a ship drifting in space with no one aboard. When he gets inside he finds that there is actually one creature he recognizes alive - a very frightened dog - and one he does not recognize because he cannot see it: an invisible alien that seems to have destroyed and somehow disposed of the entire crew. Now he and the dog must find a way to defeat this indivisible foe or face the same fate.
A dark mystery has been buried beneath the sands of the Sahara for eons. In a basement in New Mexico, four poker buddies find reason to believe that a startling secret is out there, and these four amateur adventurers are about to uncover it.
"Can you say useless wonder?"
When a giant meteor crashes into the earth and destroys all life, the small group of human survivors manage to leave the barren planet and establish a new home on the moon. From Tycho Base, men and woman are able to observe the devastated planet and wait for a time when return will become possible. Generations pass. Cloned children have had children of their own, and their eyes are raised toward the giant planet in the sky which long ago was the cradle of humanity.
Decades after the murderous assaults on the civilized worlds by the Medusae and the Cometeers - worlds protected by the Legion of Space - the Hawkshead Nebula is a new setting of danger and intrigue. Jil Gyrel is a lonely girl on a dismal planet at the edge of that Nebula. Her life is changed forever when her father's long missing spaceship reappears. The only survivor is her father's best friend Shon Macharn.
Somewhere, eons past, the seekers had begun as weapons - cyborg war machines. nuclear explosions, and powerful lasers meant little to them, for each was larger than 10 battleships and subsisted on a diet of heavy metals, preferably radioactive. Soon the seekers began their own Lifeburst, flying to nearby stars, evolving, eating, destroying...our solar system next.
Jack Williamson, Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master, takes listeners to the near future, where humankind's Project Starseed uses faster-than-light quantum-wave technology to send colonists to distant star systems.
The Defender is a near-indestructible robot whose brain contains the extensive scientific and military knowledge of five men. Created by the smart, beautiful Megan Drake, the Defender longs for Megan’s love as he works to implement Megan’s dream: planting and nurturing the human race on far-off planets. Along the way he battles previous colonizers - human and robot alike - and discovers the limits of being indestructible.
One of the best things science fiction can offer is a fresh analysis of what it means to be human. This book delivers on that analysis - in spades. Ordinarily, a review shouldn't provide a synopsis, but since one is not provided by Amazon.com, I'll provide a brief one. The setting is Earth, one thousand years in the future. The world is populated by humans ("premen"), genetically perfected humans ("trumen"), genetically modified soldiers ("mumen") and gods, who are part human, part celestial matter.
"Early Sci-Fi excellent narration"
The men of Earth were on the verge of breaking into space. The first of their manned moon rockets was on its way to Luna. Now, after ten thousand years, the celestial Watchers were forced to a decision. Were the Earth people ready to join in the civilizations of sapce - or should they be turned down and wiped out with solar fire? THE TRIAL OF TERRA had begun!
"Think what it would mean! To prove we aren't alone! To find other races - older and wiser than we are! Out on the moon, I hope to find an answer. If we do pick up a signal from space, it will be the great turing point in human history. It will give our lives a meaning." — Yet to make his words good, Adam Cave had to break with his family and society, and put himself against his own world. But once out there on the far side of the moon, where an isolated band kept pushing Earth's call letters into the void, the picture changed startlingly, shockingly.
"Very Interesting Take On Human First Contact"
A genetic experiment gone wrong produces a tiny pink "worm" that matures into a beautiful woman whose superhuman powers propel her toward a unique destiny.
Williamson breaks new ground in a thrilling hard-science-fiction novel which has the verve and excitement of a great fantasy. In a world plagued by wolves, wyverns, and dragons, young Zorn is the descendant of the mythic hero who saved the world a thousand years ago from the Demon Moon. Now Zorn must face the high-tech secrets behind the legends.
Chosen to be one of a select crew to go to Mars, Sam Houston Kelligan soon finds himself marooned with a crippled spacecraft, afflicted with an illness, and abandoned by his crewmates.