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  • The Silkie Stories (1964-1967) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    THE SILKIE STORIES
    After more than a decade of absence from the science-fiction field in the fifties and early sixties, A. E. van Vogt started writing science fiction again in the sixties, after the not particularly successful publication of a mainstream political novel, The Violent Man, in (...)

  • "Rogue Ship" (1950) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This rousing space-opera extravaganza starts off with a bang when the very wealthy and scientifically-minded hero learns that the spaceship that he had built to ship a colony to the far-away Alpha Centauri star system six years ago – to escape a forthcoming nova-explosion of the sun which only (...)

  • The Most-Visited Articles in 2017

    by Ray

    The articles that had the most visits during 2017 are shown below, in descending order of popularity. ARTICLES THE MOST VISITED DURING 2017 Rank __________________Title__________________ Visits Genre__ Author_____ Section_____ Date_Posted 1 "The Weapon Shops of Isher" (1949) - a major (...)

  • "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 71 e-books available on this site are identified here in alphabetical order by author and title [1].
    Click on a title to access directly 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 (...)

  • "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 (December 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 (...)