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by Fitz James O'Brien , 1859
O'Brien's work is often considered a forerunner of today's science fiction. The Wonder Smith is an early predecessor of robot rebellion, where toys possessed by evil spirits are transformed into living automatons who turns against their creators.
The True History
by Lucian of Samosata - eBooks@Adelaide , 2012
Lucian of Samosata was a Greek satirist of Assyrian extraction, and True History is perhaps his most well-known tale. In this tale, the protagonist visits the Moon, meets extraterrestrial creatures, and takes part in interplanetary warfare.
by Pierre Benoit - ManyBooks , 1919
This French novel of 'Atlantis in the Sahara' made a huge splash when it was published. The exotic Saharan setting, the stories of desert survival, the overpowering allure of the last Queen of Atlantis, make a memorable, if a bit pulpy, read.
Five Thousand Miles Underground
by Roy Rockwood - ManyBooks , 1908
What does an enterprising inventor do to follow up the marvelous dirigible-ship Monarch? Cobble it together into an astounding vessel that travels on both air and sea, and then head more than twenty thousand leagues under the Earth!
A Princess of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs - Grosset & Dunlap , 1917
This is a wonderful scientific romance, early science fiction melded with an epic dose of romantic adventure. A Princess of Mars is the adventure of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who unexpectedly find himself transplanted to the planet Mars.
Robur the Conqueror
by Jules Verne - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
A science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story begins with strange lights and sounds reported in the skies all over the world. The events are capped by the mysterious appearance of black flags with gold suns atop tall historic landmarks.
A Voyage to Arcturus
by David Lindsay - Feedbooks , 1920
One of the most revered classics of science fiction, it has inspired, enchanted, and unsettled readers for decades. It is simultaneously an epic quest across one of the most unusual and brilliantly depicted alien worlds ever conceived.
by William Olaf Stapledon - Feedbooks , 1937
A poetic and deeply philosophical work, the true classics of SF. The book challenges preconceived notions of intelligence and awareness, and ultimately argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from our inevitable anthropomorphism.
The Poison Belt
by Arthur Conan Doyle - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
Professor Challenger, his wife, journalist Malone and adventurer Roxton have gathered with oxygen canisters to watch the final hours of the world. As a poisonous miasma apparently asphyxiates the human race, Malone feverishly writes his copy.
The Last Man
by Mary Shelley - eBooks@Adelaide , 2008
Set in an apocalyptic future ending in the year 2100, this novel concerns a plague that destroys almost all of humankind. Published in 1826 after the death of her husband and three children, The Last Man is Shelley's look at an apocalyptic future.
Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future
by Olaf Stapledon - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
Epic science fiction classic. A work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across 2 billion years and 18 distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive.
A Journey into the Interior of the Earth
by Jules Verne - Pennsylvania State University , 2001
Jules Verne's classic science fiction adventure about Professor Liedenbrock and his nephew Axel who set off to Iceland with their guide, Hans, and enter the weird and wonderful world deep beneath the surface of the earth.
The Underground City
by Jules Verne - Project Gutenberg , 1998
Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine. From the outset, mysterious happenings start to occur around the main characters, attributed initially to goblins and firemaidens.
From the Earth to the Moon
by Jules Verne - eBooks@Adelaide , 2003
Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts (first published in 1865), Jules Verne's prophetic novel of man's race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen.
The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells - Project Gutenberg , 2004
The novel is considered one of the earliest works of science fiction and the progenitor of the 'time travel' subgenre. Wells advanced his social and political ideas in this narrative of a nameless Time Traveller who is hurtled into the year 802,701.
Off On A Comet, Or Hector Servadac
by Jules Verne - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
Although time has obscured this book, Jules Verne's Off on a Comet is a remarkable work. Verne takes his characters on a journey to the depths of infinite space, to present what astronomers of that time really knew of outer space.
The Master Of The World
by Jules Verne - Project Gutenberg , 2003
A series of unexplained happenings occur across the eastern US, caused by objects moving with such great speed that they are nearly invisible. The first-person narrator John Strock travels to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to investigate.
After London, or Wild England
by Richard Jefferies - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
Science fiction novel which describes an England of the distant future in which most of the people have died and a swamp covers the site of old London. The hero of the story sets out on a quest to win the hand of the daughter of a neighboring baron.
The Lost World
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Tor Classics , 1912
Classic adventure by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which uses the written word to visualize the mysterious world of pterodactyls, plesiosaurs and iguanadons roaming the earth in the 20th century. An SF adventure into the dense jungles of South America.
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea
by Jules Verne - Ward, Lock & Co. , 1899
The tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine the Nautilus. A French professor travels underwater with his captors battling sea creatures, collecting gold, sinking ships, and eating aquatic delights. Exciting adventure for all ages.