In Murray Leinster's "Invasion," the unthinkable has come to pass -- a spacecraft has touched ground on American soil with intentions that seem to be nefarious. A lone U.S. soldier is trapped within the vast force field surrounding the ship, and he quickly determines that all is not as it appears to be. Will this intrepid warrior be able to communicate what he knows and thwart the invasion?
In the aftermath of massive, large-scale destruction, civilization must begin again. The Mad Planet details the halting development of a new society after the planet has been ravaged by environmental damage. The tale focuses on a simple but decent and well-intentioned hero, Burl, who seeks to survive against the odds in this dangerous era.
When we imagine establishing contact with an alien race, we usually assume that the interstellar interlopers would be light-years ahead of us in terms of technological sophistication. But what if our new alien acquaintances were astoundingly average in their appearance and intellect? That's the premise of The Invaders, a tale from Murray Leinster that puts a new spin on the first contact genre of science fiction.
In "Attention Saint Patrick," American science fiction writer Murray Leinster cleverly transposes aspects of Irish myth and legend into an intergalactic setting. The inhabitants of a planet known as Eire are battling an infestation of strange creatures known as dinies with an insatiable appetite for infrastructure. Will the far-fetched solution posed by an earthling name Moira solve the problem?
The American science fiction writer who used the nom de plume Murray Leinster was extremely prolific, penning more than 1,500 stories and novels over the course of his career, as well as a number of radio, television, and movie scripts. The story "Sand Doom" recounts the tale of a stranded ship that is down to the last of its supplies. Will the crew members be able to band together to save themselves before it's too late?
Originally published with the alternate title "The World is Taboo," this story from Murray Leinster recounts the valiant efforts of intrepid explorer Calhoun to save a race of outcast blue-skinned beings afflicted with a crippling health condition. Will he be able to make a difference before the entire planet succumbs to the disease?
What if you had clawed your way to a position of nearly unlimited power and influence—only to be supplanted by an even more powerful political figure? That's the premise behind Murray Leinster's thought-provoking tale The Leader, which many science fiction enthusiasts view as one of the most influential stories of its era.
Take an unexpected trip into the past in this gem of golden-era science fiction from Murray Leinster. On what appears to be an ordinary workday, Arthur Chamberlain, a successful engineer based in Manhattan, notices that the sun appears to be traveling backwards in the sky. Chamberlain is the only person who is able to discern the truth of the situation. Can he devise a solution to reverse it in time to save himself and thousands of his coworkers?...
An advanced mining operation on the Moon is the backdrop for a series of bold attempted heists in this suspenseful tale from science fiction master Murray Leinster. The victim, left for dead, is beginning to recall details of the crime. Will the perpetrators be brought to justice? Read Scrimshaw to find out.
What if the inhabitants of Earth received a message from the future warning of an upcoming calamity that could wipe out the entire planet? That's the plot that propels "The Machine that Saved the World" by prolific SF luminary Murray Leinster. When the denizens of the future propose a solution, however, one man harbors suspicions. Is he merely paranoid, or are his misgivings well founded?
Written before the outbreak of World War II, this remarkable story imagines a military conflict in which a weapon of unprecedented power and destructiveness is unleashed—but this time, it's an enemy of the U. S. that has the upper hand. With entire cities swept off the map in a matter of seconds, will the country be able to fight back?
The mild-mannered surveyor Lockley is going about his business at a project site in Colorado when the unthinkable happens -- an object that seems to have originated from outer space crashes to the earth. This unusual event sets off a chain of increasingly dire consequences, and before long, it becomes clear that only Lockley can save the world from the impending alien invasion.
What if you could talk to the version of you who existed ten days ago, or the you who will exist ten days in the future? That's exactly what enterprising telephone lineman Sam Yoder figures out how to do in the surprisingly funny science-fiction story Sam, This Is You. At first, he focuses on the money-making potential of his little scheme—but before long, he runs into some unforeseen complications.
This fast-paced novella will command the attention of fans of classic science fiction. A desperate fugitive attacks the crew of a spaceship that's temporarily docked. Planning to abandon the interloper on a distant, little-known planet, the crew makes a last-minute landing there—only to discover a danger far more lethal than the fugitive they sought to maroon.
Though originally geared toward the young adult market, Space Tug, the second novel in Murray Leinster's Joe Kenmore series, contains enough action and adventure to keep readers of any age engaged. The plot centers on the operation of a space station and is chock-full of the kind of technical details and suspenseful ordeals that fans of golden-era science fiction are sure to appreciate.
Long before extended space travel became a reality, prolific science fiction author Murray Leinster created a richly detailed scenario in which a project that bears a striking resemblance to the International Space Station is being planned and executed. However, several nefarious factions want the planned expedition to fail. Can unlikely hero Joe Kenmore salvage the project?
Get set for interstellar adventure with this action-packed novel from groundbreaking SF writer Murray Leinster. In an amazingly prescient plot that resonates with today's reality TV-obsessed culture, the space flight project of the book's title is a television show that helps fund humanity's first foray into the cosmos.
Protagonist Bran Hoddan wants nothing more for himself than to be free of the taint of criminal activity that has long besmirched his clan. His plans for his future include a steady job and a fulfilling marriage. However, unforeseen circumstances have intervened, and suddenly Hoddan finds himself being pursued by a brutal group of primitive people. In desperation, he turns to his native trade -- piracy -- to free himself.
The novella Nightmare Planet is the conclusion to Murray Leinster's popular Argosy series and is most closely linked to his previous tales The Mad Planet and The Red Dust. A spaceship lands on a seemingly uninhabited planet that turns out to be the vestiges of a grotesque science experiment gone horribly awry. Will the crew members be able to survive in this hostile territory?
Much like the lepers of ancient times, the inhabitants of the planet Dara have been afflicted by a deadly epidemic and shunned by their neighbors. Only one man's moral code compels him to intervene and help save this otherwise-doomed race. Will the courageous Calhoun be able to succeed?