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  • "The Replicators" (1965) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    Steve Matlin is an particularly ornery, introverted, stubborn and combative farmer (and WW2 veteran) who comes across a very big and very strange alien monster on a back road near his farm, so as he was out on an (illegal) hunting expedition anyways, he shot the thing, of course.
    Well, the (...)

  • E-book Index

    by Ray

    The 69 e-books on this site [1] are identified here in alphabetical order by author and title.
    Click on a title to access the e-books for that title. N° AUTHOR TITLE GENRE SECTION 1 Kingsley Amis S-F “drink” stories anthology Science-Fiction 2 Harry Bates A Matter of Size novella (...)

  • "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 (November 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 (...)