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  • "Who Goes There?" (1938) - an iconic sci-fi story by John Campbell

    by John Campbell

    A scientific expedition in Antarctica discovers the remnants of an alien spaceship that had crashed there millions of years ago, and decides – unwisely – to melt the frozen remnants of one of the forms found nearby. When the alien being revives and reveals incredible shape-changing abilities and (...)

  • "The Weapon Shops of Isher" by A. E. van Vogt - the novel (1951)

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This was one of the van Vogt’s most famous golden-age novels with its iconic slogan “The Right To Buy Weapons Is The Right To Be Free” and its theme of a secret and scientifically-advanced organisation providing superior defensive weapons to citizens of a far-off future civilization to protect (...)

  • "La petite Roque" and other stories by Guy de Maupassant

    by Guy de Maupassant

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    1. THE STORY OF A FARM GIRL (1881) Rosa, a young servant on a rather prosperous farm is pursued by Jacques, a labourer on the farm. She is a strong girl and easily fends him off but one thing leads to another and even a marriage promise. But Rosa’s life falls apart a few (...)

  • "Ward No. 6" and other stories by Anton Chekhov

    by Anton Chekhov

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    1. OLD AGE (1886) The architect Uzelkov returns on mission to the town that he had left twenty years before after his divorce there, and is invited to dinner by the wily lawyer who had handled his divorce and who reveals to him during the dinner what really went on with his (...)

  • “Easter Eve” and other great Chekhov stories

    by Anton Chekhov

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    1. OYSTERS (1884) An eight-year-old boy accompanying his unemployed father who has decided to go out to beg for alms notices the strange word “oysters” on a sign inside a restaurant. The story continues in ever-starker tones as the little fellow progressively discovers the (...)

  • "The Lady with The Dog" and other great stories by Anton Chekhov

    by Anton Chekhov

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    1. A TRIVIAL INCIDENT (1886) The narrator recounts how he and his companion, a Prince, had been prevented from hunting in the forest of Madame Kandurin, with whom the prince had formerly been connected. The two go to the lady’s mansion, where the narrator realises the extent (...)

  • The complete (319) stories of Anton Chekhov: synopses, comments and ratings

    by Ray

    Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was probably the most prolific writer of short stories of all time, with 319 published stories to his credit before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 44, as well as 2 novels [1], 16 plays [2] and a number of newspaper articles and essays.
    Here you will find a (...)

  • "Boule de Suif" and other famous stories by Guy de Maupassant

    by Guy de Maupassant

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    1. BOULE DE SUIF (1880) A group of civilians obtains permission from the Prussian forces that have just occupied Rouen during the War of 1870 to leave for the coast: several rich businessmen with their wives, a count and his countess, two nuns, a radical activist and Boule (...)