A compilation of 16 stories that appeared in The Argosy—the first “pulp” magazine—between 1896 and 1910.
These vintage tales feature such imaginative subjects as matter transmission, a laser weapon, telepathy, devices to regulate gravity and render people invisible, a murderous long-distance attack from Mars, a cannibal plant, reanimation of the dead, a regimented 1984-type society—and even such startlingly “modern” concepts as a cellular telephone and a man-made earth satellite!
Selected and edited by Gene Christie.
- (Introduction) The Genre Without a Name by Gene Christie
- Citizen 504 by Charles Palmer
- The Space Annihilator by Harlie Oren Cummins
- The Obliteration of No.14 by William Forster Brown
- Those Fatal Filaments by Mable Ernestine Abbott
- The Gravity Regulator by Emmett Campbell Hall
- The Blue Death by Masters B. Stevens
- The Curious Experience of Thomas Dunbar by Gertrude M. Barrows
- The Nemesis of the Vibratory Theory by William Warren
- Dr. Appleton’s Discovery by Bertram Lebhar
- The Crimson Blight by Frank Lillie Pollock
- Professor Jonkin’s Cannibal Plant by Howard R. Garis
- ‘Twixt Two Plagues by F.J. Knight-Adkins
- Forty-One Nights of Mystery by Guy Chase Hazzard
- Finis by Frank Lillie Pollack
- The Silent Witness by William Blakeston
- Around the World in 24 ours by Stephen Angus Cox
First book publication.
Trade paperback / 1602 pages
Cover art by Frank R. Paul
“I recommend this collection if you want a look into the developing genre of science fiction.”