The Complete Stories, Volume 1

By Isaac Asimov

The 1st e-book of the definitive three-volume choice of brief tales through the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose stories have overjoyed numerous lovers for over part a century--a needs to for each technological know-how fiction bookshelf.

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Behind the Eyes of Dreamers: and Other Short Novels

By Pamela Sargent

In an untamed backyard, a lady discovers the cost of freedom
Aniya is an ideal creature. utilizing the ability of the internet, she has banished all of her painful thoughts, permitting herself to dwell in a country of ideal contentment on a far-future Earth. so as to have partners, she creates eidolons—living beings imprinted with all of Aniya's ideas, emotions, and needs. Of the 2 creatures, Orielna is worked up to dwell in her creator's shadow, yet Josef isn't really. while the soreness inside of him turns into overwhelming, he commits a homicide and flees into the tangle of the backyard, a spot the place demise has now not been conquered. To rescue him, Orielna follows him to the backyard and discovers that in the back of its partitions lie very unlikely dangers—and unknown joys.

during this bewitching assortment, Pamela Sargent explores what turns into of humanity while all its pains are stripped away.

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Dreams of Dreams and the Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa

A urban lighting / Italian Voices Book

"Elaborately imagined...mini-catalog of significant artists’ desires and the author’s interpretation of the final 3 days within the lifetime of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Tabucchi’s wealthy language and his magical-realist attraction tinge the quantity with a visionary glow."—Publishers Weekly

" a beautiful little booklet that retains ringing on your head lengthy after you’ve comprehensive it."—Kirkus

Chapter One

DREAM OF DAEDALUS,
ARCHITECT AND AVIATOR

One evening, hundreds of thousands of years in the past, at a time very unlikely to calculate precisely, Daedalus, architect and aviator, had a dream.

He dreamed that he used to be deep within a huge palace and he used to be facing a hall. The hall opened into one other hall and Daedalus, drained and harassed, walked alongside it, leaning at the partitions. whilst he had come to the tip, the hall opened right into a small octagonal room, from which 8 corridors branched out. Daedalus started to suppose wanting breath and a necessity for clean air. He entered one hall, however it ended opposed to a wall. He went into one other, however it too ended opposed to a wall. Seven instances Daedalus made an try out until eventually, at the 8th test, he entered a really lengthy hall that, after a chain of curves and corners, led out into one other hall. Daedalus then sat down on a marble step and commenced to mirror. at the hall partitions have been flaming torches that illuminated frescoes blue with birds and flowers.

I'm the single person who might understand how to get out of the following, Daedalus acknowledged to himself, and that i do not be mindful. He took off his sandals and started to stroll barefoot at the eco-friendly marble floor.

To console himself, he started to sing an historic dirge he had realized from an outdated servant who had rocked his boy or girl cradle. The arcades of the lengthy hall carried his voice again to him ten instances over.

I'm the single one that may possibly know the way to get out of right here, acknowledged Daedalus, and that i do not remember.

At that second, he got here out right into a large, round room frescoed with absurd landscapes. He remembered that room yet he could not consider why he remembered it. there have been seats lined with sumptuous materials and, in the course of the room, a wide mattress. at the fringe of the mattress used to be seated

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American Falls: The Collected Short Stories

By Barry Gifford

American Falls is the 1st significant choice of brief tales from Barry Gifford, grasp of the darkish part of the yank truth. those tales variety greatly well-liked and interval, from the Fifties to the current, from absurdist routines to romantic stories, from tales approximately early life innocence to novellas of homicide and revenge.
In the name tale, a Japanese-American hotel operator chooses no longer surrender a complete stranger, a black guy sought after for homicide, while the police come trying to find him. In "Room 584, The Starr Hotel," a guy rants his outrage at an amorous couple within the room round the corner ahead of he himself is arrested for having devoted a number of murders. "The unstated" recounts the confessions of a guy with no mouth who tells concerning the girl who enjoyed him. And during this collection’s longest fiction, a novella referred to as "The Lonely and the Lost," a small town’s proficient and colourful population remedy their difficulties as most sensible they could until eventually it comes time for the satan to harvest what they've got sown.
Dark and light-weight intermix in masterful chiaroscuro, darkish turning into gentle, mild revealing sinister or brooding complexity. No basic endings, basically chuffed beginnings.

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Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

By Philip K. Dick

Selected tales of Philip ok. Dick comprises twenty-one of Dick’s such a lot wonderful and resonant tales, which span his complete occupation and express a world-class author operating on the top of his powers.

In “The Days of Perky Pat,” humans spend their time fiddling with dolls who be able to dwell an idyllic existence not to be had to the Earth’s actual population. “Adjustment group” seems to be on the destiny of a guy who via mistake has stepped out of his personal time. In “Autofac,” one neighborhood needs to conflict benign machines to take again keep watch over in their lives. And in “I desire I Shall Arrive Soon,” we persist with the tale of 1 guy whose very truth can be not anything greater than a nightmare. the gathering additionally contains such vintage tales as “The Minority Report,” the root for the Steven Spielberg motion picture, and “We Can commit it to memory for You Wholesale,” the foundation for the movie Total Recall. With an creation through Jonathan Lethem, Selected tales of Philip ok. Dick is a powerful distillation of 1 of yank literature's so much looking imaginations.

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Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre

Following the outstanding good fortune of Necronomicon, its better half quantity brings jointly Lovecraft's closing significant tales plus his bizarre poetry, a couple of imprecise revisions, and a few striking nonfiction, together with the seminal severe essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature."

Gathering jointly in chronological order the remainder of Lovecraft's not often obvious yet amazing brief fiction, this assortment contains the whole lot of the long-out-of-print selection of thirty-six sonnets "Fungi from Yuggoth."

Lovecraft died on the age of forty-seven, yet in his brief lifestyles he became out dozens of news that modified the face of horror. His awesome mind's eye spawned either the Elder God Cthulhu and his eldritch cohorts, in addition to the unusually compelling city of Innsmouth, all of which characteristic the following.

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See You in Paradise: Stories

By J. Robert Lennon

The first significant choice of brief fiction from "a author with sufficient electrical energy to illuminate the rustic" (Ann Patchett)

"I bet the issues that scare you're the issues which are nearly normal," observes one narrator during this number of bubbling and infrequently uncanny tales. Drawing on fifteen years of labor, See You in Paradise is the fullest expression but of J. Robert Lennon's exact and brilliantly comedian tackle the pathos and surreality on the center of yankee lifestyles.
In Lennon's the USA, a portal to a different universe will be came across with brilliant nonchalance in a suburban yard, adoption nearly reaches the extent of blood activity, and outdated neighbors go back from the lifeless to thieve your female friend. Sexual disorder, suicide, tragic injuries, and occupation stagnation all create remarkable possibilities for unforeseen grace during this full-hearted and mischievous depiction of these days (weeks, months, years) all of us have while issues simply do not pass relatively right.

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Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov

By Anton Chekhov

Referred to as the best of brief tale author, Anton Chekhov replaced the style itself together with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian lifestyles and the human situation. Now, thirty of his most sensible stories from the most important sessions of his inventive lifestyles are available this remarkable one quantity version. incorporated are Chekhov's typically short, evocative early items reminiscent of "The Huntsman" from 1885, which brilliantly conveys the advanced texture of 2 lives in the course of a gathering on a summer's day. 4 years later, Chekhov produced the journey de strength "A dull Story" (1889), the penetrating and caustic self-analysis of a loss of life professor of drugs. darkish irony, social remark, and symbolism mark the tales that keep on with, rather "Ward No. 6" (1892), the place the tables activate the director of a psychological medical institution and make him an inmate. the following, too, is considered one of Chekhov's top -known tales. "The woman with the Little Dog" (1899), a glance at illicit love, in addition to his personal favourite between his tales, "The Student," a relocating piece in regards to the value of non secular tradition.

Atmospheric, compassionate, and uncannily clever, Chekhov's brief fiction possesses the transcendent energy of artwork to awe and alter the reader. This huge variation, expertly translated, is mainly trustworthy to the that means of Chekhov's prose and the original rhythms of his writing, giving readers an actual experience of his style-and, in doing so, a real figuring out of his greatness.

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Burning Chrome

By William Gibson

Best-known for his seminal sf novel Neuromancer, William Gibson is admittedly most sensible while writing brief fiction. Tautly-written and suspenseful, Burning Chrome collects 10 of his top brief tales with a preface from Bruce Sterling, now to be had for the 1st time in exchange paperback. those outstanding, high-resolution tales exhibit Gibson's characters and intensely-realized worlds at his best possible, from the chip-enhanced couriers of "Johnny Mnemonic" to the street-tech depression of "Burning Chrome."

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