by Fitz James O'Brien
Number of pages: 50
Fitz James O'Brien was an Irish-born American writer, some of whose work is often considered a forerunner of today's science fiction. The Wonder Smith is an early predecessor of robot rebellion, where toys possessed by evil spirits are transformed into living automatons who turns against their creators.
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by Mary Shelley - eBooks@Adelaide
Set in an apocalyptic future ending in the year 2100, this novel concerns a plague that destroys almost all of humankind. Published in 1826 after the death of her husband and three children, The Last Man is Shelley's look at an apocalyptic future.
by Lucian of Samosata - eBooks@Adelaide
Lucian of Samosata was a Greek satirist of Assyrian extraction, and True History is perhaps his most well-known tale. In this tale, the protagonist visits the Moon, meets extraterrestrial creatures, and takes part in interplanetary warfare.
by Jules Verne - Project Gutenberg
Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine. From the outset, mysterious happenings start to occur around the main characters, attributed initially to goblins and firemaidens.
by Edwin A. Abbot - Seeley and Co.
The book gives some accessible and charming explanations of geometry and physics for the curious non-mathematician. Flatland imagines a two-dimensional world inhabited by sentient geometric shapes who think their planar world is all there is.