John Russell Fearn (1908-1960)John Francis Russell Fearn was born in Worsley, near Manchester, on 5th June, 1908. As a child he devoured imaginative fiction, beginning to write SF at the age of ten - in imitation of Wells and Verne - on a typewriter he was given for his birthday. Extremely prolific, Fearn used many pseudonyms. During the 1930s he wrote for magazines, including the US Pulp magazines, but during the Second World War he switched to books, becoming a central figure in the post-war paperback boom. He wrote numerous westerns, crime stories and romances as well as SF, most of which appeared under the names Vargo Statten and Volsted Gridban (the latter pseudonym being taken over from E. C. Tubb).
Altogether Fearn published 18 stories in the pre-war Astounding, and went on to write more than 100 other stories in all the leading American pulp magazines through to 1948. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction notes that 'his best work is vigorous and occasionally vivid' and the influential British SF agent and editor, John Carnell, paid this tribute: 'Fearn was one of the Greats of the earlier ages, and his name should be there with Hugo Gernsback, John W. Campbell, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Murray Leinster, and all the others whose thoughts and works formulated today's modern science fiction.'
Soon after moving in, they are visited by a strange figure of a man -- Dr. Lexton, their nearest neighbour, who tries to persuade them to sell the house to him. But who is Dr. Lexton, and what was the nature of the secret experiment that Ena.'’s deceased uncle, entomologist Cyrus Odder, had carried out at the house?
It is not long before there is a mysterious death in the house, and then death spreads its net across the countryside -- and the entire world...
Included in this volume are 25 of his best works, selected by editor Philip J. Harbottle (who also contributes an introduction):
HE CONQUERED VENUS
HE WALKED ON AIR
THE MASTER MIND
ISLAND IN THE MARSH
SECRET OF THE MOON TREASURE
SEEDS FROM SPACE
THE SILVER COIL
PHANTOM FROM SPACE
THE GHOST SUN
KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT LEARNING
THE VOICE COMMANDS
THE JEWELS FROM THE MOON
THE RED MAGICIAN
FLIGHT OF THE VAMPIRES
WEDDING OF THE FORCES
LATER THAN YOU THINK
FIRST OF THE ROBOTS
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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
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"Zora and the Land Ethic Nomads," by Mary A. Turzillo
"Food for Friendship," by E.C. Tubb
"The Life Work of Professor Muntz," by Murray Leinster
"Tiny and the Monster," by Theodore Sturgeon
"Beyond Lies the Wub," by Philip K. Dick
"Pictures Don’t Lie," by Katherine MacLean
"The Big Trip Up Yonder," by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Storm Warning," by Donald A. Wollheim
"The Application of Discipline," by Jason Andrew
"Tom the Universe," by Larry Hodges
"Wild Seed," by Carmelo Rafala
"Tabula Rasa," by Ray Cluley
"The Eyes of Thar," by Henry Kuttner
"Regenesis," by Cynthia Ward
"Not Omnipotent Enough," by George H. Scithers and John Gregory Betancourt
"Plato’s Bastards," by James C. Stewart
"Pen Pal," by Milton Lesser
"Living Under the Conditions," by James K. Moran
"The Arbiter," by John Russell Fearn
"The Grandmother-Granddaughter Conspiracy," by Marissa Lingen
"Top Secret," by David Grinnell
"Living Under the Conditions," by James K. Moran
"Sense of Obligation," by Harry Harrison
"Angel's Egg," by Edgar Pangborn
"Youth," by Isaac Asimov
"Anthem," by Ayn Rand
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Award-winning author Jack Dann depicts, in "Mohammed’s Angel," an all-too-plausible future in which cultures, sensibilities, and terrorist acts are inextricably mixed. "Ultra Evolution," by John Russell Fearn, is a cautionary tale about the advancement of man—not always a good thing! Sheila Finch's "Miles to Go" is the moving story of a wheelchair marathoner faced with a crucial decision. Mel Gilden relates mankind's first encounter with aliens in "The Little Finger of the Left Hand." Last, and certainly not least, Ardath Mayhar's poignant "The Next Generation" shows the human race forced to make a crucial decision about its survival.