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  • "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

    1. Articles the most visited year-to-date (January-June 2018)
    2. Articles the most visited cumulatively
    1. ARTICLES THE MOST VISITED YEAR-TO-DATE Rank __________________Title_________________ Visits Genre__ Author_____ Section_____ Date Posted Prev. Rank 1 The Complete Short Stories of (...)

  • 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 - BOOKS ONE AND TWO

    by Jan Valtin

    This is the memoir of a militant and full-time party worker in the German Communist Party (KPD) and in the Comintern – the international organization of all the Communist parties in the world - in the twenties and thirties, this is a first-hand account of many of the dramatic events which (...)

  • "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. (...)