The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
As rising temperatures make much of the Earth uninhabitable, its citizens flee to cramped space colonies, where they alleviate the boredom with a hallucinogenic drug. When Palmer Eldritch discovers a more potent version, it threatens to plunge the population into an alternative sense of reality.
Stories of the Dreamlands
‘Well do I remember the night of the great Aurora, when over the swamp played the shocking coruscations of the daemon-light’: one sentence from ‘Polaris’ and we are in the alien dimension of Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle. Here are all 23 stories, including ‘The Cats of Ulthar’, ‘Nyarlathotep’ and ‘Cool Air’.
The Invisible Man
Suddenly I Realized The Power I Held, The Power to Rule....
Having made himself invisible through an irreversible process, scientist Griffin is free from the constraints of the law, but also on the path to insanity. Written in 1897, his story offers a warning about unintended consequences and explores questions of morality.
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.