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The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

This is a guest post by Marie Sumner – and yes it is about a short novel, not a short story, but I felt it was good enough to make an exception. I hope you enjoy it!

The Island of Dr. Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. It follows a man trapped on an island filled with genetically mutated creatures and brings up questions about what separates men from beasts. Read More

I, Robot by Eando Binder

This is another guest post by our friend Marco Crosa.

But it is the most stupid premise ever made: that a created man must turn against his creator, against humanity, lacking a soul.

I, Robot is a 1939 sci fi short story by Eando Binder, the pen-name of Earl Andrew Binder (1904-1965) and his brother Otto (1911-1974). It is about the creation, the education and the uncertain fate of a sympathetic robot. Read More

Robbie by Isaac Asimov

This is a guest post by Marco Crosa – who is enjoying re-reading Asimov’s robot stories so much that he offered to write yet another review.

“His entire ‘mentality’ has been created for the purpose. He just can’t help being faithful and loving and kind. He’s a machine – made so.”

“Robbie” is a 1939 sci-fi short story by Isaac Asimov and his first one of the robot series. It describes the friendship and the attachment of a little girl to her robotic playmate. Read More

The Red Hell of Jupiter by Paul Ernst

This is a guest post by Jerry Robinette.

How can you not love a story titled “The Red Hell of Jupiter?”

This juicy example of 1930s raygun-and-romance by Paul Ernst originally appeared in Astounding Stories in October of ’31. It’s novella length (a bit over 24,000 words) but worth the time if you enjoy pipe-cleaner aliens and ray-gun shootouts. Read More

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott

This is a guest post by Melanie Slaugh.

Prepare to have your mind blown. The narrator of this strange and interesting satirical novella from 1884 is none other than… a Square.

Yes, you read that right. A Square apparently is telling his life story. Not a cube or a box, either, but a simple, two-dimensional Square. And that is pretty much how the story goes. Follow a two-dimensional shape through his life as he traverses Flatland and encounters someone from Spaceland, who transcends the two dimensions into three, something he cannot begin to fathom. Read More

The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells

This is a guest post by Slava Heretz

"The Land Ironclads" is a 1903 science fiction short story by H. G. Wells. It is an eerily prophetic story about a war correspondent and a soldier in a fictitious battle between “townsmen” and “countrymen”. What’s the catch? While one side has the brawn, the other may have the brains to turn the tide of the war forever. Read More