[Free eBook] The Faithful by Lester Del Rey [1930s Sapient Dogs Science Fiction Short]

The Faithful by the late Lester Del Rey, an SFWA Grand Master and co-editor with Judy-Lynn Del Rey of the long-running Del Rey science fiction & fantasy imprint for publisher Balllantine Books (since acquired by Random House), is a standalone science fiction short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller and science fiction reprints.

This was originally published in 1938 in the April issue of Astounding Science-Fiction magazine and was the author’s very first published work.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity bio-engineered sapient dogs and apes, before inadvertently wiping themselves out, as a canine leader of the now-nomadic dog-people comes across one final surviving human, whose experiments greatly extended the dogs’ lifespans and allowed him to survive the fatal plague.

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[Free eBook] Murder in Space by E. C. Tubb [1950s Science Fiction Collection]

Murder in Space by the late British author E. C. Tubb, perhaps best known for his long-running science fiction Dumarest Saga, and edited by British author Philip Harbottle, is a vintage golden age science fiction collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally collected in 1997 by Gryphon Books.

The collection contains 6 short stories and 1 novella, all originally published during the 1950s in magazines including Authentic Science Fiction Monthly and New Worlds Science Fiction, with a brief introduction to the author and his works by editor Harbottle.

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[Free eBook] Alien Landscapes by John Burke [Vintage 1950s Science Fiction Collection]

Alien Landscapes by the late English author John Burke, a prolific pseudonymous multi-genre author and early science fiction fandom member, is a vintage golden age science fiction short story collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Museum Press Limited.

The collection reprints 5 short stories and a multi-chapter novella, all originally published during the 1950s in genre magazines including Authentic Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, and Nebula Science Fiction.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Man Who Sold the Earth by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction Collection]

The Man Who Sold the Earth by the late British author John Russell Fearn, edited by British author Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his vintage science fiction short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These were mostly originally published during the 1940s in various genre magazines, but a few are posthumous collaborations by other authors with his estate, which appeared from the 1970s onwards.

This collection has a new introduction by editor Harbottle, and contains seven stories which mostly explore themes of space or dimensional travel.

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[Free eBook] The Green Mandarin Mystery by Denis Hughes [Vintage 1950s Science Fiction Mystery/Technothriller]

The Green Mandarin Mystery by the late British author Denis Hughes is a vintage standalone science fiction mystery/technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1950 by Curtis Warren using the pseudonym Grant Malcolm.

The story is set in contemporary London (circa the 1950s), centred around the investigation of ongoing mysterious disappearances of expert scientists valued by the British government, all leaving behind a card referencing the “Green Mandarin”, an enigmatic entity or organization which may be using them to fulfill nefarious plans for humanity.

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[Free eBook] Nebula by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction]

Nebula by the late British author John Russell Fearn is a standalone science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1950 by Scion under the title Nebula X using the pseudonym Vargo Statten.

The story stars a physicist working on transmutation, who is troubled by the sudden mysterious appearance of a woman with alien features in his securely locked lab, whose intentions towards humanity may not be benign.

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[Free eBook] The Lords of Creation by Philip E. High [Vintage Science Fiction Collection]

The Lords of Creation by the late British author Philip E. High, who enjoyed a period of popularity during the 1950s-1960s with his sf adventure novels, is a vintage science fiction short story collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This contains seven stories, mostly originally published during the 1950s in genre magazines including Nebula Science Fiction and Authentic Science Fiction and reprinted for the first time in decades, as well as one tale published during 2003, with an introduction and retrospective by British author Philip Harbottle, a former editor of High’s, who encouraged his later career revival.

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[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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