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  • "White Fang" (1906) by Jack London

    by Jack London

    WHITE FANG The first paragraph of this tale of a wolf-dog coming to terms with civilization will make you want to read on : Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean (...)

  • "Burning Daylight" (1910) - Jack London’s last Klondike novel

    by Jack London

    This long (112,00-words) and quite ambitious rags-to-riches (and back) story has a long first part describing the adventures of the central personage Elam Harnish – known by one and all as Burning Daylight because of his habit of routing his comrades out of their blankets with the complaint that (...)

  • "The First Rull" (1978) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    Rulls are deadly enemies of mankind who have sent a team of spies to Earth to recover an anti-gravity raft that the humans have recuperated without (so far) realizing the enormous potential of the superior technology it contains.
    The Rulls are ruthless beings who, although they can and do (...)

  • A selection of Nelson Algren’s best short stories

    by Nelson Algren

    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), author notably of the novels Never Come Morning (1942), The Man With the Golden Arm (1949) and A Walk On the Wild Side (1956), of the essay Chicago, City on the Make (1951) and of the short-story anthology The Neon Wilderness (1947), had a special talent (...)

  • Mot pour Maman

    by Vincent Smith

    L’oraison funèbre pour Marie Smith prononcé par son fils Vincent le 6 juillet 2018 :
    Maman a tenu, longtemps. Sur la fin elle était très faible mais s’accrochait encore. Elle ne parlait plus, avait du mal à nous regarder, mais elle faisait encore des bisous quand on approchait la joue. She did not go (...)