[Free eBook] Twilight of the Tenth World by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction Collection]

Twilight of the Tenth World by the late British author John Russell Fearn, edited by British editor Philip Harbottle, is a standalone collection of his vintage science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This gathers and reprints for the first time 3 novelettes and 4 short stories mostly from the 1930s and 1940s, originally published in Amazing Stories, Future Fiction, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and other magazines, with an introductory essay about the author and his works by editor Harbottle (a science fiction author in his own right).

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Frontier Legion by Sydney J. Bounds [Vintage Science Fiction]

Frontier Legion by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his shorter science fiction works, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The titular novella was originally published in 1952 as a serial in Authentic Science Fiction Magazine, and eight other stories from points throughout his decades-long career (which eventually culminated in the British Fantasy Awards creating the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer) are included as a bonus.

The main story is a old school pulpy sci-fi adventure thriller starring an amnesiac man who wakes up on a spaceship with an important mission to fulfill and enemies in his way, and many of the other stories also explore themes of human relations with space and aliens and technology.

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[Free eBook] The Best of Sydney J. Bounds: Volumes 1 & 2 [Vintage Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, & Mystery]

The Best of Sydney J. Bounds: Volume 1: The Strange Portrait and Other Stories & Volume 2: The Wayward Ship and Other Stories by the late English author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by British editor Philip Harbottle, are reprint collections of his short stories across various genres (mostly SFnal), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These volumes were originally published in 2003 by Wildside Press’s Cosmos Books imprint and have been expanded with even more material in Venture’s new editions. The late Bounds was a prolific multi-genre author, who wrote pulp westerns and crime thrillers pseudonymously from the 1940s onwards, as well as fantasy, science fiction, and horror under his own name. The British Fantasy Awards’ “Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award” for promising debut novels is named in his honour.

These collections are primarily focused on showcasing his classic science fiction and fantasy work, but also include selected mystery and horror tales from throughout his decades-long career, which editor Harbottle gives an overview of in his introductory essays.

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[Free eBook] The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Cordwainer Smith [Vintage Science Fiction]

The Best of Cordwainer Smith by the late Cordwainer Smith, the sfnal writing pseudonym of scholar Paul Linebarger, edited by J. J. Pierce, is a collection of vintage science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Ebook of the Month offer for April and was originally published in 1975 by Ballantine Books as part of their Ballantine’s Classic Library of Science Fiction line.

The collection contains a selection of Smith’s short stories and novelettes from the 1950s and 1960s in his Instrumentality of Mankind future setting where humanity has colonized a number of other planets, plus two essays by editor Pierce about the author and the Instrumentality universe. Several stories have been much-translated, and one of the novelettes was nominated for the Retro Hugo Award which recognizes early sfnal work from before the awards’ creation.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Secret of the Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar [Vintage YA Science Fiction]

Secret of the Lost Planet by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar, perhaps best known for his crime thrillers, is the 3rd novel in his Jeremy Grant series of vintage juvenile science fiction adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Burke. The series, which was was very popular and adapted to both radio and TV serials back in the day, stars an orphaned teen boy who goes to live in the household of his scientist uncle, who turns out to be secretly building a space ship with the help of his student/secretary.

This adventure sees them returning to a lost planet encountered in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), engaging in a thrilling adventure when a nefarious outsider plans to steal the peaceful population’s powerful thought-sending device for his own purposes, and of course must be thwarted by the plucky crew and the local friends they make.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Scatter of Stardust by E. C. Tubb [Science Fiction]

A Scatter of Stardust by the late British author E. C. Tubb, perhaps best known for his long-running Dumarest Saga, is a collection of his vintage science fiction short stories from the 1950s onward, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is an expanded edition of the collection published in 1976 by Dennis Dobson, and now contains several additional stories, as well as all the vintage original content.

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[Free eBook] Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein [Classic Science Fiction]

Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein is his vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is one of their featured Free Book of the Month selections for December (for a double holiday treat, the other is a repeat of Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn’s short story collection Soulmates). The novel was originally published in 1956 by Doubleday, and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

The story is set in the future of our solar system where the Moon and assorted planets have been colonized by differing government entities, and stars anunemployed actor hired to play a role with unexpectedly high stakes, with the fate of Mars potentially hanging in the balance.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Child of Space by E. C. Tubb [Vintage Science Fiction]

Child of Space by the late E. C. Tubb, edited by Philip Harbottle, is his posthumous vintage science fiction novel, newly rediscovered by his estate, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is a previously unpublished novel which does not appear to tie into any of Tubb’s long-running popular golden age sci-fi series such as the Dumarest saga, selected posthumously from the author’s literary estate. The story involves the inhabitants of a moonbase who are preparing for the arrival of a strange object, only to find it even stranger than they had anticipated.

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[Free eBook] Lunar Vengeance: A Collection of Science Fiction Stories by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction]

Lunar Vengeance: A Collection of Science Fiction Stories by the late British author John Russell Fearn, edited by British author Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his vintage golden age science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This new collection reprints six tales from the 1940s-1950s, apparently with a theme of exploring civilization (or the lack of it) on various settlements within our solar system, and includes a brief introduction to the author and his works by science fiction author and editor Philip Harbottle.

The title story was originally published in Amazing Stories magazine in 1943 under the pseudonym Thornton Ayre, and the other stories also appeared credited as by Vargo Statten, Mark Denholm, Volsted Gridban, as well as Fearn’s own name (mostly during reprints and translations).

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[Free eBook] Secret of the Lost Planet by Angus MacVicar [Vintage YA Science Fiction]

Secret of the Lost Planet by the late Scottish author Angus MacVicar, perhaps best known for his crime thrillers, is the 3rd novel in his Jeremy Grant series of vintage juvenile science fiction adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Burke. The series, which was was very popular and adapted to both radio and TV serials back in the day, stars an orphaned teen boy who goes to live in the household of his scientist uncle, who turns out to be secretly building a space ship with the help of his student/secretary.

This adventure sees them returning to a lost planet encountered in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), engaging in a thrilling adventure when a nefarious outsider plans to steal the peaceful population’s powerful thought-sending device for his own purposes, and of course must be thwarted by the plucky crew and the local friends they make.

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