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Post by ChuckW » March 18th, 2015, 6:18 am

Set up by Tortilla , taken over by ChuckW

Below is a list of science fiction, proto-science fiction, and fantasy with strong science fiction elements of all types that I think is worth your time/ should get recorded. :D If you have any more suggestions or would like to pick up one, PM or reply to the thread so I can add/remove it.

Unrecorded Stories, Novels, and Plays (Source Text Available)

- A.D. 2000 by Alvarado M. Fuller
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44307

- Arqtiq: A Story of the Marvels at the North Pole by Anna Adolph
https://archive.org/details/DocFeb0620171225
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arqtiq

- Back to Methuselah by George Bernard Shaw [a five part series of plays]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_Methuselah
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13084

- Beyond the Vanishing Point by Ray Cummings
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22527/22527-h/22527-h.htm

- The Brick Moon by Edward Everett Hale (a short work of speculative fiction containing the first known depiction of an artificial satellite) - 1869
http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/1633
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brick_Moon

- Cæsar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century by Ignatius Donnelly
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5155
Summary and historical significance: http://www.sacred-texts.com/utopia/cc/index.htm

- Clearing the Seas: Or, The Last of the Warships by Donal Hamilton Haines
https://archive.org/details/clearingseasorl01haingoog

- The Conquest of the Moon: A Story of the Bayouda (by the British Empire!)
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008611866) by Paschal Grousset 1889
From Wikipedia: One of Grousset's most interesting science fiction novels was Les Exilés de la Terre — Selene-Company Limited* (1887), probably one of the most fanciful cosmic tales of all times. In it, a consortium which intends to exploit the Moon’s mineral resources decides that, since our satellite is too far to be reached, it must be brought closer to the Earth. A Sudanese mountain composed of pure iron ore becomes the headquarters of the newly established Selene Company. Solar reflectors are used to provide the energy required to convert the mountain into a huge electro-magnet, with miles of cables wrapped around it. A spaceship-cum-observatory is then built on top of the mountain. When the experiment begins, the mountain is ripped away from the Earth and catapulted to the Moon. There, the protagonists have various adventures and eventually return to Earth by re-energizing the mountain.
More on the author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Grousset

- The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26563

- Dalleszona and the Seventh Treasure by Allen Kendrick Wright
https://archive.org/details/dalleszonandseve00wrigiala

- A Demigod: A Novel by Jackson, Edward Payson, 1840-1905
https://archive.org/details/demigodnovel00jackiala

- The Diothas; or, A Far Look Ahead by John Macnie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diothas
https://archive.org/details/afarlookaheador00macngoog

- The Discovery of a World in the Moon by John Wilkins
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19103

- Doctor by Murray Leinster
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51782

- Doomsday Eve by Robert Moore Williams
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50138

- Eve and the Evangelist by Harry E. Rice
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009950732

- Farmer by Mack Reynolds
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51799

- Fifteen Hundred Miles An Hour by Charles Dixon, published in 1895. (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49713)
The identity of the author seems unclear. Both the British Library and University of Oxford seem to think it is Charles Dixon (1858 - 1926) the British ornithologist. This seems a bit unlikely, as his whole life seems to be about birds, but who knows? This novel purports to be from the manuscripts of a Dr. Hermann, a member of the Royal, the Astronomical, and the Geographical Societies, who disappeared mysteriously and was never seen again.

- His Wisdom, the Defender by Simon Newcomb
https://archive.org/details/hiswisdomdefende00newcrich

- The Last Invasion by Donal Hamilton Haines , Harper & Brothers
https://archive.org/details/lastinvasion00brotgoog

- LA LÉGENDE DES SIÈCLES, Or The Legend of the Ages by Victor Hugo
A sci-fi epic poem by Victor Hugo about the development of man.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8775/8775-h/8775-h.htm#link2H_4_0133
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_L%C3%A9gende_des_si%C3%A8cles

- Limanora: The Island of Progress by Godfrey Sweven
See entry on Riallaro below.
https://archive.org/details/limanoraislandp00browgoog

- The Lunarian Professor and his Remarkable Revelations Concerning the Earth, the Moon and Mars by James Bradun Alexander
https://archive.org/details/lunarianprofess01alexgoog

- The Machine That Floats by Joe Gibson
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49693

- The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Cheney Train and Robert Williams Wood
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19174
Science fiction written by a physicist.

- Master of Life and Death by Robert Silverberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50441

- Memoirs of the Twentieth Century is an early work of speculative fiction written by Irish writer Samuel Madden. Written in 1733, it takes the form of a series of diplomatic letters written in 1997 and 1998 - 1733
http://books.google.com/books/about/Memoirs_of_the_twentieth_century_by_S_Ma.html?id=T6QOAAAAQAAJ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_of_the_Twentieth_Century

- The Monster by S. M. Tenneshaw
More SF by a scientist.
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24913

- The Onslaught from Rigel by Fletcher Pratt
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41049

- Phrenology, A Detector of Murder: A Tale of the Fortieth Century by Anti-Humbug
https://tinyurl.com/yc85t6j8
https://io9.gizmodo.com/5780422/the-birth-of-steampunk-in-the-19th-century

- The Planet Mappers by E. Everett Evans
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50682

- A Prophetic Romance: From Mars to Earth by John F. McCoy
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/010824286

- The Queen of Appalachia by Joe H. Borders
https://archive.org/details/queenofappalachi00bord

- The Radio Man by Ralph Milne Farley
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/52167

- The Radio Planet by Ralph Milne Farley
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/52326

- A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert D. Ward
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33662

- Riallaro: The Archipelago of Exiles by Godfrey Sweven
A Swiftian satire that documents the fantastical journeys of an unnamed protagonist, who roams around on his flying machine seeking out the mystical, super-scientific utopia of Limanora. Followed by Limanora (see above).
https://archive.org/details/riallaroarchipel00swev

- The Scarlet Empire by David MacLean Parry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Empire
https://archive.org/details/scarletempire00parrgoog

- The Secret Martians by Jack Sharkey
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50668

- The Sentimentalists by Murray Leinster
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51102

- Sentry Of The Sky by Evelyn E. Smith
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51867

- The Silver Menace by Murray Leinster
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50622

- The Social War of 1900 by Simon Landis
Play adaptation of one of the most notoriously awful science fiction novels ever written (which we've already recorded).
https://archive.org/details/socialwarof190000land

- Space Station 1 by Frank Belknap Long
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50290

- The Struggle for Empire by Robert William Cole
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100218279?

- Sub-Coelum: A Sky-Built Human World by Addison Peale Russell
https://archive.org/details/subcoelumskybuil00russiala
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub-Coelum

- Thoth: A Romance by J. Shield Nicholson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Shield_Nicholson
https://archive.org/details/thothromance00nich

- Through the Eye of The Needle, by William Dean Howells (sequel to A Traveler from Altruria)
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8295/8295-h/8295-h.htm

- A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells (Altruria, a utopian world that combined the foundations of Christianity and the U.S. Constitution to produce an “ethical socialism” by which society was guided - followed by its sequel, Through the Eye of the Needle [see above] - 1894
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8449

- A Trip to Plutonia by Emanuel Haldeman Julius
https://archive.org/details/triptoplutopia00hald

- The Troublemakers by George O. Smith
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51868

- True History by Lucian ( the earliest known fiction about travelling to outer space, alien life-forms and interplanetary warfare. Written in the 2nd century, the novel has been referred to as "the first known text that could be called science fiction". The work was intended by Lucian as a satire against contemporary and ancient sources, which quote fantastic and mythical events as truth.) - 2nd
century
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/45858/45858-h/45858-h.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_History

- Unveiling a Parallel: A Romance by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unveiling_a_Parallel
https://archive.org/details/unveilingparalle00jone

- Utopia Achieved by Herman Hine Brinsmade
https://archive.org/details/utopiaachievedno00brin

- The White Invaders by Ray Cummings
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20551/20551-h/20551-h.htm

- Wolfbane by C. M. Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51845

- The World Masters by George Chetwynd Griffith - 1903
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/38028

The World Peril of 1910 by George Chetwynd Griffith - 1907
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24764

- The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33660

Yezad: A Romance of the Unknown by George Babcock
https://archive.org/details/yezadaromanceun00cogoog

- Young Readers Science Fiction Stories by Richard M. Elam
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/53456

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Missing Source Text -- feel free to track down a copy at your local library!
- [PLAY] The Blue Flame by George V. Hobart and John Willard (The main character is a religious young woman who dies and is revived as a soulless femme fatale) - 1920
Cannot find a public domain text.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Flame_(play)

- Theologus Autodidactus by Ibn al-Nafis (This work is one of the first Arabic novels, may be considered an early example of a science fiction novel, and an early example of a coming of age tale and a desert island story.)
Cannot find a public domain text.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theologus_Autodidactus

- New Amazonia: A Foretaste of the Future by Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Amazonia

- 2894, or The Fossil Man (A Midwinter Night's Dream) by Walter Browne
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2894_(novel)

- The Milltillionaire, or Age of Bardization by M. Auberré Hovorré
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Milltillionaire
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This list: http://thethunderchild.com/Books/OutofCopyright.html is a great list of PD sci-fi on US Gutenberg.
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Post by Availle » March 27th, 2015, 7:47 am

I have taken a look at Urashima Taro and I'm not sure it should be classified as sci-fi. Sounds to me more like a version of Rip van Winkle... :wink:

It is nice to read though, the whole book is, if somebody wants to set it up! :thumbs:
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Post by Tortilla » March 27th, 2015, 10:19 am

Availle wrote:I have taken a look at Urashima Taro and I'm not sure it should be classified as sci-fi. Sounds to me more like a version of Rip van Winkle... :wink:

It is nice to read though, the whole book is, if somebody wants to set it up! :thumbs:
It's a "proto-scifi," mostly because literature scholars consider it one of the earliest stories with sci-fi-like elements (think on The Story of Princess Kaguya, which is considered in the same elements, where some scholars think the moon kingdom refers to aliens instead of a religious or folk tale connotation. :)
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Post by annise » March 27th, 2015, 2:11 pm

I thought that it wasn't at first but then I thought - city under the sea , time slowed down.
Non human species. I suppose there is not attempt to explain it "scientifically" but the line between SciFi and Fantasy is often smudged in modern works. I've seen the "Pern" series described as Fantasy but to me it has a strong scientific basis - more than we can do now but a possible/probable extension of current knowledge.

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added I knew I had read it before. We had this book highly battered and much read by my older siblings and me in my youth https://librivox.org/japanese-fairy-tales-by-yei-theodora-ozaki/ so we do have a version here :D

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Post by sjmarky » March 30th, 2015, 2:40 pm

Once I complete Columbus of Space, I plan to do The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror, also as a solo. It's long-ish, but so far it's been a good read.
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Post by Tortilla » March 30th, 2015, 8:30 pm

Alright, thank you guys! :)
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Post by fredreads » May 6th, 2015, 2:14 am

I may be interested in these . . .

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Post by Tortilla » May 6th, 2015, 5:18 am

fredreads wrote:I may be interested in these . . .
Claim as many as you want. :) I personally would love The Steam Man of the Prairies to be read. :)
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Post by sjmarky » May 6th, 2015, 9:08 am

Tortilla wrote:
fredreads wrote:I may be interested in these . . .
Claim as many as you want. :) I personally would love The Steam Man of the Prairies to be read. :)
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Post by edhumpal » June 14th, 2015, 6:02 pm

This just popped up on Gutenberg:
Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman's Destiny http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49207
and wikipedia calls it New Zealand's first science fiction novel:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini_2000,_or,_Woman's_Destiny

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Post by Elizabby » June 14th, 2015, 7:59 pm

Wow! NZ and women? I think I better do this one! I'll take it as a solo, I think. Unless anyone is keen to join me - I can set it up as a group.
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Post by Tortilla » June 14th, 2015, 10:40 pm

edhumpal wrote:This just popped up on Gutenberg:
Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman's Destiny http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49207
and wikipedia calls it New Zealand's first science fiction novel:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini_2000,_or,_Woman's_Destiny

Awesome! I'd love to see you do it! :)
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Post by Boomcoach » July 13th, 2015, 7:27 pm

The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Cheney Train and Robert Williams Wood
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19174

Science fiction written by a physicist.

His Wisdom, the Defender by Simon Newcomb
https://archive.org/details/hiswisdomdefende00newcrich

More SF by a scientist.

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Post by Tortilla » July 15th, 2015, 5:51 pm

Thank you! :) I updated the list.
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Post by RuthieG » July 17th, 2015, 12:23 am

New on Project Gutenberg:

Lord Tedric by E. E. Smith
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49462

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