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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Gordon Pym is a stowaway on the Nantucket whaling ship Grampus. During his journey he endures shipwreck, mutiny, starvation and cannibalism. Arthur is saved by the crew of Jane Guy and continues his adventures further south, eventually reaching the South Pole.

Edgar Allan Poe is an essential figure in literature, as well as in the international bestseller The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma. As a gift to our readers, we are including an excerpt of The Map of the Sky in this eBook edition.

The Consolidator or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon

by Daniel Defoe

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The comical history of the states and empires of the worlds of the moon and sun written in French by Cyrano Bergerac; and newly Englished by A. Lovell ...

by Cyrano De Bergerac

EARLY HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY & SPACE. Imagine holding history in your hands. Now you can. Digitally preserved and previously accessible only through libraries as Early English Books Online, this rare material is now available in single print editions. Thousands of books written between 1475 and 1700 can be delivered to your doorstep in individual volumes of high quality historical reproductions. Humankind has studied the skies for centuries, seeking to find our place in the universe. Some of the most important discoveries in the field of astronomy were made in these texts recorded by ancient stargazers, but almost as impactful were the perspectives of those who considered their discoveries to be heresy. Any independent astronomer will find this an invaluable collection of titles arguing the truth of the cosmic system.


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The comical history of the states and empires of the worlds of the moon and sun written in French by Cyrano Bergerac ; and newly Englished by A. Lovell ...
Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil.
Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619-1655.
Lovell, Archibald.
Translation of: Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil.
Each volume has special t.p.
Pages 45-50 lacking in the filmed copy. Pages 40-65 photographed from Yale University Library copy and inserted at the end.
2 v. :
London : Printed for Henry Rhodes ..., 1687.
Arber's Term cat. / II 166
Wing / C7717
Reproduction of the original in the Harvard University Library


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Les Xipéhuz

by J.-H. Rosny

Cette œuvre est différenciés des autres par une biographie détaillée de l'auteur.
Ce livre comporte une table des matières dynamique, et a été relu et corrigé.
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Les prêtres, les vieillards et les chefs ont, dans l’émerveillement, écouté mon récit ; et jusqu’au fond des solitudes les coureurs sont allés répéter la bonne nouvelle. Le grand Conseil a ordonné aux guerriers de se réunir à la sixième lune de l’an vingt-deux mille six cent et quarante-neuf, dans la plaine de Mehour-Asar, et les prophètes ont prêché la guerre sacrée. Plus de cent mille guerriers Zahelals sont accourus, et un grand nombre de combattants des races étrangères, Dzoums, Sahrs, Khaldes, attirés par la renommée, sont venus s’offrir à la grande nation.
Kzour a été cerné d’un décuple rang d’archers, mais les flèches ont toutes échoué devant la tactique xipéhuze, et des guerriers imprudents, en grand nombre, ont péri.
Alors, pendant plusieurs semaines, une grande terreur a prévalu parmi les hommes. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mundus Alter et Idem: An Old World and a New

by Joseph Hall

Mercurius Britannicus sails on his ship to discover a fantastic world where everything is different from ours - or is it? He finds a land of gluttons, a land of drunkards, a land of Amazons, and other weird and wondrous places and people.

The Coming Race

by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.


by Johannes Kepler

According to Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov, Kepler´s "Somnium" ("The Dream"), written around 1611, should be considered the first science-fiction novel ever. The eminent astronomer Johannes Kepler imagines a trip to the moon and speculates about its inhabitants.

Casanova's "Icosameron": The Story of Edward and Elizabeth : Who Spent Eighty-One Years in the Land of the Megamicres, Original Inhabitants of Protoc

by Giacomo Casanova

After a shipwreck, Edward and Elizabeth find themselves in the center of the earth and live for eighty-one years with the small humans they find there.

Nova Solyma, the Ideal City: Or, Jerusalem Regained : An Anonymous Romance Written in the Time of Charles I., Now First Drawn from Obscurity, and Attributed to the Illustrious John Milton, Volume 1

by Samuel Gott

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The Time Ships

by Enrique Gaspar

3.33 avg rating
There is a secret passage through time

...and it leads all the way to the end of Eternity. But the journey has a terrible cost. It alters not only the future but he "present" in which we live.

A century after the publication of H. G. Wells' immortal The Time Machine, Stephen Baxter, today's most acclaimed new "hard SF" author, and the acknowledged Clarke, returns to the distant conflict between the Eloi and the Morlocks in a story that is at once an exciting expansion, and a radical departure based on the astonishing new understandings of quantum physics.

John W. Campbell
Philip K. Dick
Locus Science Fiction
British Fantasy Society
Arthur C. Clarke

Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast

by Robert Paltock

In the backcountry, a single piece of gear could mean the difference between a comfortable night under the stars and a harrowing tale to tell once you're home. Or it could mean that you don't make it home at all.

In this all-new collection from the publisher of
Not Without Peril and No Limits But the Sky, author Peter W. Kick recounts twenty true tales of backcountry misadventure and misfortune, including incidents along the famed Appalachian Trail, and seeks the lessons learned in each. From close-calls to unsolved mysteries, these stories illuminate the realities faced by outdoorspeople across the Northeast. Weather is unpredictable. The best laid plans go awry. And in the worst of times, even the best decision may not be enough to turn the tides.

In the tradition of
Appalachia journal's renowned "Accidents" section, Kick reports on the facts as they were known on the ground―with the help of first-hand accounts of victims, families, witnesses, and Search-and-Rescue professionals. As each story unfolds, Kick and his sources in the SAR community offer a retrospective analysis to help readers discover for themselves what went wrong and how disasters, big and small, might be averted in the future. Route maps and photos further bring each misadventure to life. Readers who immerse themselves in these near misses, methodical searches, and the gut-wrenching clarity of hindsight will be better prepared for whatever the wilderness brings.

News from Nowhere and Other Writings

by William Morris

This volume illustrates the variety of William Morris's prose, while focusing on one theme: the earthly paradise. The "Nowhere" of News from Nowhere (1890) is England in 2102, an ideal pastoral society born out of revolution. It is as compelling a dream of the future as the nightmares of Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Exhilaratingly, it reminds us that nothing is inevitable about the way we live—now or in 1890.

Gulliver?s Travels

by Jonathan Swift

Regarded as the preeminent prose satirist in the English language, Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) intended this masterpiece, as he once wrote Alexander Pope, to "vex the world rather than divert it." Savagely ironic, it portrays man as foolish at best, and at worst, not much more than an ape.
The direct and unadorned narrative describes four remarkable journies of ship's surgeon Lemuel Gulliver, among them, one to the land of Lilliput, where six-inch-high inhabitants bicker over trivialities; and another to Brobdingnag, a land where giants reduce man to insignificance.
Written with disarming simplicity and careful attention to detail, this classic is diverse in its appeal: for children, it remains an enchanting fantasy. For adults, it is a witty parody of political life in Swift's time and a scathing send-up of manners and morals in 18th-century England.


Romans, Volume 3: Micromegas

by Voltaire

The tale recounts the visit to Earth of a giant being from a planet circling the distant star Sirius, and of his companion from the planet Saturn.

The Man in the Moone

by Francis Godwin

4 avg rating
Written in the late 1620s and published posthumously in 1638 under the pseudonym Domingo Gonsales, The Man in the Moone is the story of a fantastic voyage. The prologue explains how a voyage to the Moon seems no more fantastic than a voyage to America had seemed. The tale consists of a number of travel narratives from Spain to China, including a journey to the Moon with the aid of large swan-like birds called "Gansas". Godwin's astronomical theories were influenced by Galileo Galilei's Sidereus Nuncius and by Kepler's Somnium.

The book's genre is uncertain. It is in some sense a utopian fantasy, a picaresque adventure, and one of the first works of science fiction.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

5 avg rating

Every Sunday, Mr. Utterson, a prominent London lawyer, and his distant kinsman, Mr. Richard Enfield, take a stroll through the city of London. Even though to a stranger’s eyes, these two gentlemen seem to be complete opposites, both look forward to, and enjoy, their weekly stroll with one another. One Sunday, they pass a certain house with a door unlike those in the rest of the neighborhood. The door reminds Mr. Enfield of a previous incident in which he witnessed an extremely unpleasant man trampling upon a small, screaming girl while the strange man was in flight from something, or to somewhere.



by Thomas More

A utopia is a community or society possessing highly desirable or near perfect qualities. The word was coined by Sir Thomas More in Greek for his 1516 book Utopia (in Latin), describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and imagined societies portrayed in fiction. It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia.

Environmental Monitoring and Biodiagnostics of Hazardous Contaminants

by Ules Verne

In recent years public awareness of the long term toxic affects heavy metal ions in waters and wastewaters has increased significantly. Environmental agencies have been imposing more and more stringent discharge limits on industries involved in processes using metal ions. Numerous industries produce aqueous effluents con­ taining metal ions and particularly copper and cadmium. Copper sulfate is used on a large scale in the electroplating industries. In addition, copper salts are used as fungicides, timber preservatives, insecticides, paint corrosion inhibitors and in dyestuffs. Cadmium is used in the manufacture of nickel-cadmium batteries, as a corrosion inhibitor and control rods in the nuclear industry. The European Com­ munity has listed cadmium as one of the most dangerous metal due to its toxicity, persistence and bioaccumulation in List 1 of its Directive 76/464/EEC. Therefore, it is important that methods for the removal of these metal ions are found and that the mechanism of removal is characterized and understood. A number of adsorb­ ents have been identified which are capable of removing copper (Panday et aI. , 1985; Ho et aI. , 1996; Low and Lee, 1987; Low et aI. , 1993; Quek et aI. , 1998) and cadmium (Battacharya and Venkobachar, 1984; Namasivayam and Ranganathan, 1995; Periasamy and Namasivayam, 1994) from aqueous solutions. Sorption kin­ etic models have been proposed for some systems.
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