The Space Annihilator by Gene Christie (editor)


Early Science Fiction from The Argosy, 1896-1910

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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.”

Additional information

Weight 9.6 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in