The Classic Science Fiction Collection
Fantastic Tales From Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne, HG Wells, Miles J Breuer, Austin Hall
This anthology draws on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Jules Verne and HG Wells were experimenting with ideas suggested by technology. These 41 tales by 21 authors feature robots, dystopian societies and time travel and set the scene for the genre’s success.
The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
Star Wars, A New Hope
With an evil empire ruling the galaxy, hope for the future lies in the hands of a small band of rebels led by Luke, Leia and Han, and Alexandra Bracken tells the story of A New Hope from their points of view. Slightly off-mint. Age 9+
The Mammoth Book of Kaiju
Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Kaiju (‘strange beast’) – from which the original Godzilla emerged – this anthology of tales introduces a new breed of city-destroying monsters, including Gary MacMahon’s terror from the deep and Frank Wu’s 80-foot, fire-breathing lizard.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, hitchhiking around the galaxy after the demise of Earth, are in trouble: the Improbability Drive fails in their host’s ship, Arthur has jammed the computer by asking it for a cup of tea and the restaurant is 576,000 million miles away. Part two of the five-part Hitchhiker trilogy.
The Man in the Moone
or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither
First published in 1638, Francis Godwin's fanciful tale pre-dates Jules Verne by more than two centuries. It tells of a Spanish sailor who flies to the moon in a craft powered by birds. There, he finds 'a kind of people most strange,' ruled by a great king called Irdonozur. A modern introduction considers the scientific knowledge available to Godwin, who was Bishop of Hereford, and his prescient understanding of gravity.