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The Jumping Frog

von Mark Twain

Mark Twain's "The Jumping Frog : In English, then in French, then clawed back into the civilized language once more by patient unremunerated toil" (1865), also known as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras...

Heart of the West

von O. Henry

A collection of 19 short stories from the West.

In the Penal Colony

von Franz Kafka

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau's The Torture Garden as an influence. As in some of Kafka's other writings, the narrator in this...

Jury Service

von Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross

Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom...

Love Among the Haystacks

Mr. Spaceship

von Philip K. Dick

A human brain-controlled spacecraft would mean mechanical perfection. This was accomplished, and something unforeseen: a strange entity called— Mr. Spaceship.

The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

The Chronicles of Captain Blood

The Ego Machine

von Henry Kuttner

When a slightly mad robot drunk on AC, wants you to join an experiment in optimum ecology—don't do it! After all, who wants to argue like Disraeli or live like Ivan the Terrible?

Love in the Night

What Christmas Is as We Grow Older

Cabbages and Kings

von O. Henry

A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a...

The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

von Maurice Leblanc

This collection of Lupin short stories presents more puzzling criminal involvements of the classic French hero-thief and his men.

The Variable Man

von Philip K. Dick

He fixed things—clocks, refrigerators, vidsenders and destinies. But he had no business in the future, where the calculators could not handle him. He was Earth’s only hope—and its sure failure!

The Magic Shop

The Moon Maid

von Edgar Rice Burroughs

In the late twentieth century, Admiral Julian 3rd can get no rest, for he knows his future. He will be reborn as his grandson in the next century to journey through space and make an ominous discovery inside...

The Rich Boy

The Red Hawk

The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation

von Louisa May Alcott

A christmas story from the writer of Little Women.

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man