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  • The Ultra Man (1966) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    On a large and very cosmopolitan United Nations space-station on the moon, a gifted psychologist is explaining to a colleague what people way down on the street below are thinking and saying just by studying the expressions on their faces through field-glasses, when all of a sudden he declares (...)

  • The Star-Saint (1951) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    A shipload of colonists is about to land on the far-away and beautiful planet of Ariel when their captain announces that they will be left there on their own – he has to rush off because time is money – to investigate just what happened to the previous 1000-strong colony there which has been (...)

  • The Most-Visited Articles on this site

    by Ray

    The articles that have had the most visits over the past month (October 2017) and cumulatively [1] are shown below, in descending order of popularity. ARTICLES THE MOST VISITED OVER THE PAST MONTH Rank __________________Title______________________ Visits Genre__ Author______ Section______ (...)

  • The average number of meanings per word in German (and maybe English too)

    by Ray

    Based on a study of the evolving number of words in the successive editions of our German-English Literary Dictionary, we can safely venture to say that: for GERMAN
    there are about 2 meanings per word on average for the 10,000 or so most commonly-used words (such as those listed in the (...)

  • "The Weapon Shop" (1942) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    One of van Vogt’s iconic stories, this theme of a mysterious "Weapon Shop" organization, subtly fighting to oppose by advanced technological, ideological and organizational means the overreaching tyranny of a populist-style family dictatorship, provided the central theme to a number of works by (...)

  • "Juggernaut" (1944) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This is an interesting wartime story inspired by the immense possibilities for both war and peace of new technological discoveries - here in the domain of metallurgy - that were so rapidly reshaping the world in that crucial decade.
    It embodies in a way that special flavour of enthusiasm (...)

  • "Out of the Night" (1941) by Jan Valtin - BOOK THREE

    by Jan Valtin

    The third and final part of Jan Valtin’s vivid account of his activities, adventures and experiences with the German Communist Party, the Comintern and the Gestapo during the 1920s and 1930s, of which the first two sections can be seen above. The full text is available in e-book format below. (...)

  • "The Golden Egg" (1941) by Theodore Sturgeon

    by Theodore Sturgeon

    This quite wonderful exploration of man-woman relationships by an enormously superior being from another dimension of space-time will for sure have you chuckling and nodding in agreement throughout, and admiring the skill and talent of Theodore Sturgeon in his initial and possibly most creative (...)

  • "Mitkey Rides Again" (1950) by Frederic Brown

    by Frederic Brown

    If you liked Frederic Brown’s superb story The Star Mouse about the rocket scientist Professor Oberburger and his precious and very precocious mouse-assistant Mitkey - and how could you not have liked/loved it? - then you will want to catch up on the later adventures of Mitkey and his Minnie (...)