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  • "The First Rull" (1978) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    Rulls are deadly enemies of mankind who have sent a team of spies to Earth to recover an anti-gravity raft that the humans have recuperated without (so far) realizing the enormous potential of the superior technology it contains.
    The Rulls are ruthless beings who, although they can and do (...)

  • A Selection of Nelson Algren’s Best Short Stories

    by Nelson Algren

    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), author notably of the novels Never Come Morning (1942), The Man With the Golden Arm (1949) and A Walk On the Wild Side (1956), of the essay Chicago, City on the Make (1951) and of the short-story anthology The Neon Wilderness (1947), had a special talent (...)

  • Mot pour Maman

    by Vincent Smith

    L’oraison funèbre pour Marie Smith prononcé par son fils Vincent le 6 juillet 2018 :
    Maman a tenu, longtemps. Sur la fin elle était très faible mais s’accrochait encore. Elle ne parlait plus, avait du mal à nous regarder, mais elle faisait encore des bisous quand on approchait la joue. She did not go (...)

  • "The Ghost" (1942) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    This rare excursion of van Vogt into the realm of fantasy first appeared in the August 1942 issue of the highly regarded Unknown Worlds bi-monthly magazine.
    This unusual 12,500-word ghost novelette with whodunit and time-conundrum elements, written during van Vogt’s Canadian days when he was (...)

  • "The Witch" (1943) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    One of van Vogt’s few ventures into the fantasy realm (if witch stories can be so described that is, sometimes one wonders. . .), this solid, nicely-developed novelette about a very old – but not for long if she gets her way with the lovely body of the hero’s wife – and particularly tricky one (...)

  • Three Grimm Brothers "Witch Tales" (1812-1815)

    by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

    The brothers Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), co-authors of an extremely monumental modern German-language dictionary, are first and foremost renowned in the academic circles of their homeland as two of the main founders of German philology.
    But of course among us lesser (...)

  • "In the Penal Colony" (1919) by Franz Kafka

    by Franz Kafka

    A visiting European researcher is invited by the military commander of a penal colony to witness the execution of a soldier condemned for insubordination that is to be carried out in a very special manner by a very special machine that has performed the same task very many times in the past – (...)