Archives

The Valor of Cappen Varra

We have said that there are many and strange shadows, memories surviving from dim pasts, in this FANTASTIC UNIVERSE of ours. Poul Anderson turns to a legend from the Northern countries, countries where even today the pagan past seems only like yesterday, and tells the story of Cappen Varra, who came to Norren a long, […]


Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Short Stories

The Burning Bridge

Usually there are two “reasons” why something is done; the reason why it needs to be done, and, quite separate, the reason people want to do it. The foul-up starts when the reason-for-wanting is satisfied … and the need remains! Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories


Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories

The Man Who Came Early

How rarely science-fiction writers succeed in creating a wholly alien culture may be judged from any adequate study of an earthly culture of a time or place which does not form part of our direct heritage. S.F’s aliens may have pseudopods or supersdentific gadgets, but rarely so wholly different a frame of reference as man […]


Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories

Security

In a world where Security is all-important, nothing can ever be secure. A mountain-climbing vacation may wind up in deep Space. Or loyalty may prove to be high treason. But it has its rewards. Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories


Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories

The Escape

The effect of the Change was actually rather small—but great enough to make foxes open locked doors, turn a moron into a super-moron, and give Earth a galaxy while its own system fell to pieces under it! Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories


Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories

Duel on Syrtis

Bold and ruthless, he was famed throughout the System as a big-game hunter. From the firedrakes of Mercury to the ice-crawlers of Pluto, he’d slain them all. But his trophy-room lacked one item; and now Riordan swore he’d bag the forbidden game that roamed the red deserts … a Martian! Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short […]


Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories