Journeys Through Time & Space: 5 Classic Novels of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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A Nebula Award winner presents tales that shaped modern science fiction and fantasy—five complete novels by Mark Twain, H. G. Wells, and more.

In this handpicked collection, New York Times–bestselling author Greg Bear travels back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when novelists let their imaginations soar beyond conventional boundaries of time and space and contributed to the emergence of imaginative new literary genres.
 
In 1889, Mark Twain introduced Americans to time travel in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, in which a hard-headed New Englander is sent back through history to the age of chivalry. Six years later, H. G. Wells propelled an intrepid inventor into the far future via The Time Machine; there, our fearless hero discovers a nightmarish evolutionary scenario in which technologically advanced but mutated Morlocks dwell underground, preying on the innocent aboveground Eloi.
 
In 1912, long before Ray Bradbury or Star Wars, Edgar Rice Burroughs imagined the first wildly popular alternative fantasy/alien culture with A Princess of Mars, transporting readers from Arizona to the red planet, where Confederate soldier John Carter is swept up in another kind of civil war and seduced by a gorgeous red-hued princess.
 
In 1920, Scottish novelist David Lindsay presented A Voyage to Arcturus, an interstellar quest for truth as well as an inquiry into the nature of good and evil that inspired generations of fantasy writers to come. And in 1922, E. R. Eddison turned the planet Mercury into a fantasy version of Earth where demons and witches wage war on a Homeric scale in The Worm Ouroboros.
 
With an insightful introduction, Bear celebrates the writers who first swept readers away to other times and worlds—and blew their minds in ways that altered our literary landscape and collective imagination forever.
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H. G. Wells: The son of a professional cricketer and a lady’s maid, H. G. Wells (1866–1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist’s assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best remembered for his groundbreaking science fiction novels, including The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells also wrote extensively on politics and social matters and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of his day. 
 
E. R. Eddison (1882–1945) was born in Leeds, England, and shared an early education with fellow author Arthur Ransome. Later, after attending Eton and Oxford, Eddison joined the Board of Trade, where he worked until his retirement in 1938. In 1922 Eddison released his most enduring and critically acclaimed work, The Worm Ouroboros, depicting the land of Mercury. Eddison would return to Mercury a decade later with his Zimiamvian trilogy.
 
David Lindsay (1876–1945) was a Scottish author best known for his novel A Voyage to Arcturus, a revolutionary work of philosophical science fiction.
 
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950) worked as a cowboy in Idaho, a gold miner in Oregon, a railroad policeman in Utah, and a department manager for Sears Roebuck in Chicago before achieving lasting fame with Tarzan of the Apes, the first in a series of novels about a man raised by giant apes in the African jungle. Burroughs also created the iconic science fiction hero John Carter and was named by Ray Bradbury “the most influential writer, bar none, of our century.”
 
Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910), who grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, and worked as a printer, riverboat pilot, newspaperman, and silver miner before his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” brought him international attention. He would go on to write two of the great American novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and many other enduring works of fiction, satire, and travelogue. He is one of the most widely recognized figures in US history.
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Open Road Media
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Jul 11, 2017
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2664
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9781504045643
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English
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Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
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Ursula K. Le Guin’s selection of twenty-six stories showcases H. G. Wells’s genius and reintroduces readers to his singular talent for making the unbelievable seem utterly plausible.
 
He envisioned a sky filled with airplanes before Orville Wright ever left the ground. He described the spectacle of space travel decades before men set foot on the moon. H. G. Wells was a visionary, a man of science with an enduring literary touch, and his originality and inventiveness are fully on display in this essential collection.
 
“Wells imagined both dark and bright futures because his creed allowed both while promising neither, and because the eighty years of his life were years of immense intellectual and technological accomplishment and appalling violence and destruction.”—Ursula K. Le Guin, from the introduction
 
“Everything one imagines in the way of genius and fun.”—Rebecca West

Including these stories:

“A Slip Under the Microscope”
“The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes”
“The Plattner Story”
“Under the Knife”
“The Crystal Egg”
“The New Accelerator”
“The Stolen Body”
“The Argonauts of the Air”
“In the Abyss”
“The Star”
“The Land Ironclads”
“A Dream of Armageddon”
“The Lord of the Dynamos”
“The Valley of Spiders”
“The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham”
“The Man Who Could Work Miracles”
“The Magic Shop”
“Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland”
“The Door in the Wall”
“The Presence by the Fire”
“A Vision of Judgment”
“The Story of the Last Trump”
“The Wild Asses of the Devil”
“Answer to Prayer”
“The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper”
“The Country of the Blind”
The King Arthur Super Pack is the most complete collection of Arthurian literature ever assembled. There are more than two thousand pages of amazing literature here. There are more than a dozen major works included in this collection, as well as a number of works of interest to Arthurian fans. Journey back in time to the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, when magic and chivalry ruled the land. Included in this omnibus edition are: 'Le Morte D'Arthur' by Sir Thomas Malory; 'Idylls of the King' by Lord Alfred Tennyson; 'A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court' by Mark Twain; 'Erec et Enide' by Chrétien de Troyes; 'The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights' by Sir James Knowles; 'Stories of King Arthur's Knights: Told to the Children' by Mary MacGregor; 'Stories of King Arthur and His Knights' by U. Waldo Cutler; 'King Arthur's Knights: The Tales Re-Told for Boys & Girls' by Henry Gilbert; 'Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion' by Beatrice Clay; 'King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table' by Rupert S. Holland; 'The Marvellous History of King Arthur in Avalon' by Geoffrey of Monmouth; 'Gawayne and the Green Knight: A Fairy Tale' by Charlton Miner Lewis; 'Merlin's Youth' by George Parker Bidder; 'Sir Gawain and the Lady of Lys' translated by Jessie L. Weston; 'Merlin the Enchanter' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson; 'King Arthur at Avalon' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson; 'Sir Lancelot of the Lake' by Thomas Wentworth Higginson; 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' translated by Jessie Weston; 'The Story of the Champions of the Round Table' by Howard Pyle; 'A Knyght Ther Was' by Robert F. Young; 'The Egyptian Maid or The Romance of the Water-Lily' by William Wordsworth; 'Merlin and Vivien' by Lord Alfred Tennyson; 'Merlin's Song' by Ralph Waldo Emerson; 'Gawain and the Lady of Avalon' by George Augustus Simcox; and 'The Marriage of Sir Gawaine' by Bishop Thomas Percy.
This is the COMPLETE WORKS of America's favourite storyteller Mark Twain. The eBook contains every novel, short story - even the very rare ones ñ essay, travel book, non-fiction text, letter and much, much more! . (Current Version: 3)

Features:
* ALL 12 novels, with concise introductions and contents tables
* images of how the books first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* includes Twain's rare unfinished novel 'The Mysterious Stranger', often missed out of collections
* ALL of the short stories, with quality formatting
* the short stories have their own chronological and alphabetical contents tables - find that special story easily!
* Twain's 20 short story contributions to "The Library of Humor", with their own contents table
* even INCLUDES Twain's complete letters, essays and satires - with their own special contents tables
* ALL of the travel writing, with contents tables
* includes Twain's "Chapters from My Autobiography"
* SPECIAL BONUS texts, including three contemporary Twain biographies - explore the great man's amazing life in Paine's and Howells' famous biographies!
* UPDATED with a special literary criticism section, with various works exploring Twain's contribution to literature
* UPDATED with Archibald Henderson's critical study MARK TWAIN
* UPDATED with the complete speeches
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

The eBook also includes a front no-nonsense table of contents to allow easy navigation around Twain's immense oeuvre. Welcome to hours upon hours upon hours of reading one of literature's most famous storytellers!

CONTENTS
The Novels
THE GILDED AGE: A TALE OF TODAY
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
and many more!

The Short Stories (too many to list!)
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF SHORT STORIES
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF SHORT STORIES
MARK TWAIN'S LIBRARY OF HUMOR

The Essays and Satires
LIST OF TWAIN'S ESSAYS AND SATIRES

The Travel Writing
THE INNOCENTS ABROAD
ROUGHING IT
A TRAMP ABROAD
FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR
SOME RAMBLING NOTES OF AN IDLE EXCURSION

The Non-Fiction
OLD TIMES ON THE MISSISSIPPI
and many more!

The Letters
THE COMPLETE LETTERS OF MARK TWAIN

The Speeches
THE COMPLETE SPEECHES

The Criticism
MARK TWAIN BY ARCHIBALD HENDERSON
MARK TWAIN BY BRANDER MATTHEWS
THE AMERICANS BY DAVID CHRISTIE MURRAY
MARK TWAIN BY FREDERICK WADDY
NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLES

The Biographies
CHAPTERS FROM MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY M.TWAIN
MY MARK TWAIN BY WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS
MARK TWAIN A BIOGRAPHY BY A.B. PAINE
THE BOYS' LIFE OF MARK TWAIN BY A. B. PAINE
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