Here is an anthology of exceptional Science Fiction short stories. Volume 2 includes "Proof by Hal Clement; "Mimic" by Donald A. Wollheim, and "Pilgrimage" by Nelson Bond.
King Solomon's Mines tells the story of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party. It is the first English fictional adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.
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".