This superlative collection of futuristic tales explores ground-breaking supernatural themes from the founding heroes of the science fiction genre. The short story form is perfect for capturing the atmospheric tension of these legendary stories.
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On the first manned Martian exploratory mission, Jarvis' scout ship crashes in a vast meteor crater near the Ares Vallis. He must endure a perilous journey back to the mothership on foot, and on the way encounters several life forms with Tweel, his new-found Martian companion.
The short and meteoric career of Stanley G. Weinbaum produced many instantly hailed classics. None had the breadth of wonder, and adventure with philosophic insight as the trilogy of stories that feature Ham Hammond and Patricia Burlingame.
What is The Ideal? Renowned science fiction author Stanley Grauman Weinbaum explores individuality and artificial intelligence in this classic story.
"A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum first appeared in 1934. It was Weinbaum's first published story, and remains his best known. It's publication immediately established Weinbaum as a leading figure in the field. One of the aliens in the story, "Tweel", remains one of the most recognised aliens in early science fiction, and is said to be an inspiration for aliens in the works of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.
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Dr. Daniel Scott has invented a serum that enables the organism to adapt itself to overcome injuries and disease. He gets his chance to try his experimental drug on a dying tubercular patient named Kyra Zelas. Scott and his colleague Dr. Herman Bach are amazed when the girl recovers, but she soon begins to exhibit strange actions.
A Venusian honeymoon could quickly end in disaster, when the newlyweds are attacked by savage night dwellers and catatonia inducing spores.English biologist Patricia Hammond with her new American husband Hamilton "Ham" Hammond, decide to explore the dark side of Venus to collect plant specimens. But what they find is a specimen far beyond their expectations, and it forces them to re-evaluate what it means to be "intelligent".