MADAM NINON: A Science Fiction Novel by Larry Maddock

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Did She Offer Humanity Hope—or Hellfire?

Who was the mysterious sex therapist known only as "Madam Ninon"?

"A breakthrough science fiction classic whose exploration of humanity's sexual mores bares comparison with Candide and Stranger in a Strange Land." —Jean Marie Stine, author, Season of the Witch.

Science fiction writer and satirist Larry Maddock's lost masterpiece. Written contemporaneously with Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, it shares uncanny parallels with that more famous tome. In Madam Ninon, a naïf encounters a messianic figure who teaches her followers to engage in freer sex as a means to become fully human.

Released a few months after Stranger, Madame Ninon was not merely overshadowed by Heinlein's success, it was unnoticed, even among the author's own circle of writers and artists. The original paperback's microscopic printing and the fact that it was distributed by a small publisher to a handful of adult bookstores—for an audience who can hardly have been interested in the author's intricate meditations on midcentury sexual conventions and inhibitions—further ensured the resounding silence that greeted its publication.

Yet Madame Ninon is just the kind of novel which Larry Maddock—Agent of T.E.R.R.A. author, science fictioneer, sexologist, and social critic that he was—might have been expected to write.

Inspired by the author's reading of the life and writings of 17th century courtesan Madam Ninon De Lenclos, whose legendary "School of Gallantry" taught the arts of love to the young men and women of France, the book's pungent verbal duels offer the perfect vehicle for Larry Maddock's private speculations on sex and sexuality.

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THE EMPEROR IN THE CITIES OF DANGER [The Emperor’s Secret Files] by Charles Lee Jackson II

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At last, the event Charles Lee Jackson II's fans have been waiting for! After chronicling the origins of half a dozen new super heroes and heroines, he once again turns his pen to the adventures of his supreme creation, The Emperor, the first superhero who worked without a costume, wearing a jacket and tie instead. Now, the man with super powers who would rather dine with a fascinating woman than fight bad guys (but watch out, bad guys, if he gets you in his sights) is back to face peril beyond imagining. In the newest installment in the Emperor saga, he journeys to four legendary cities famed for their mysteries and dangers, and finds death lurking around every corner. It's just another vacation—for the man who travels in crime!

Visiting the Bay Area, The Emperor joins Shanghai Lil to solve a series of puzzling acts of piracy. Add up a recent widow, Lombard Street, sea shanties, and Alcatraz with a new gang of criminals, and see what happens to The Emperor in San Francisco. Invited to Mardi Gras, The Emperor and Shanghai Lil are to be the king and queen of a krewe’s parade. But while they’re trying to enjoy themselves for a change, the inexplicable theft of souvenir doubloons leads to trouble for The Emperor in New Orleans. There the pair take on new villains from the mysterious gang known only as Tsodiac, unraveling the strange circumstances behind the stolen doubloons, while solving a series of ritual stranglings. Then The Emperor's visit to Lil in Seattle leads to more trouble as they investigate the serial killings of homeless people along Skid Road. But there's more to the murders than meets the eye and the trail leads to disguises, cults, deviltry and a perilous trip underground for The Emperor in Hidden City.

Plus, a bonus Emperor exploit: A brief but deadly encounter results when The Emperor rides the rails on a clandestine trip to Santa Fe to collect the last bar of CL-arium, the secret gravity-defying metal he invented. Aboard the train he and young Alison Carlson (the costumed heroine known as Shooting Star) interrupt a new masked menace, the Wizard, a man with uncanny powers, attempting to steal the CL-arium. But despite the Emperor's fast action and fast thinking, he is outwitted for once. Will there be a return match in the future…?

Charles Lee Jackson II's brainchild, The Emperorvese, with its dozens of costumed and super heroes and heroines, villains and villainesses first appeared in a series of alternative comic books in the late 1960s. Then, in the '90s, Mr. Jackson began to retell those adventures in a series of pulp novels written for a number of small press 'zines. Now, for the first time ever, the Amazing Adventures of The Emperor and its companion series, The Emperor's Secret Files—featuring his other characters like Fireball, Solara, the Titan, Shooting Star, Nemesis, and more—are at last being published in book form.

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THE EMPEROR AND THE MASTERS OF DISASTERS [The Emperor’s Secret Files] by Charles Lee Jackson II

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Earth's weather turned into a deadly engine of destruction against humanity!

Enemy aliens from the planet Randnar are here and they have a master plan for conquest and destruction. From blasting a hole in our vital ozone layer to creating a super-hurricane, halting the Gulf Steam, and stirring up a mega-tsunami, their campaign moves from doom to doom—Earth's doom!

It’s up to The Emperor and his fearless band of crimefighters to try to stop the worldwide ruin of civilization! The battle is so intense that The Emperor will need to call on that blonde bombshell, Solara, to help him fight the Masters of Disasters!

As a bonus, you'll also get "The Emperor Faces the Truth", a classic Emperor pulp short story from CLJII Presents, No 1, Summer 1992. Random murder attempts lead the Emperor onto the trail of a megalomaniacal fiend who controls his minions with a magical demonic mask! Then he turns its powers on the Emperor, to add our hero to his list of slaves. Has the Emperor met his match at last?

"Charles Lee Jackson's 'The Emperor' novels are fun, snappy, and a reflection of the pulp fiction that readers have read and loved for decades. Jackson couples original characters with seductive situations that will have you on the edge of your seat." —J. D. Crayne, author of How to Bonk a Zombie.

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THE CASE OF MORGAINE, THE DEMON WITCH [Raven Lenore, Psychic Investigator #5] by Joe Vadalma

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At last, the long-awaited confrontation between Joe Vadalma's greatest creations: psychic investigator, Raven Lenore, and the powerful, treacherous Morgaine, the witch.

Fans of both series will thrill to this ultimate adventure of Raven and Morgaine. The is the novel they've been waiting for! Raven Lenore must use all her wit and street smarts to defeat the demon-witch Morgaine. Many of the characters from both series are present, such as Henry Bagyar the beast; Annie B.; Michael Ellul the thousand-year-old sorcerer; Lara Borinski (Michael's second wife); Mephistopheles the magic cat; Peter Magbertius (Raven's nemesis); Lenore Raven (Raven's doppleganger)—as well as an assortment of demons, ghosts, vampires and angels, and new characters, in a heady brew of evil against good—and evil against evil, as demonic cults vie for power.

Only Raven can save the world from the horrors from the abyss!

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THE ARTIFACT: A Novel of Interstellar Adventure by Joe Vadalma

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Romance, alien space stations, white holes, interstellar smugglers—and more—highlight this enthralling short novel!

Sally and Rog are sometime lovers, but to the universe at large they're just "space bums" who ply the starways dealing in stolen antiquities, looting derelicts, and smuggling illegal goods. Though they remain friends and partners, the truth is that Rog is still in love with Sally, but Sally only loves her starship, Sally's Fantasy.

But things begin to change when they hear of a mysterious white hole that ends near a mysterious alien object. At the other end, Sally and Rog find themselves thousands of light-years outside the galaxy. The only object in view is a space station of unknown design, millions of years old, that may hold untold treasures—or sudden death. What happens there will change their lives and rekindle the passionate love for each other they had long thought could never be ignited again. ...If, that is, they somehow manage to escape with their lives.

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TOKA AND THE MAN BATS [The Jungle-Kings Vol. 2]: The “Lost” Pulp Classic by Raymond A. Palmer

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Lost Pulp Magazine Classic Out-Tarzans Tarzan!

Out of the night sky came a winged monster, and Toka lost his loved princess and queen of Sandcliff. How could he rescue her from these horrors of far bat-land?

The never-reprinted sequel to Toka, King Of The Dinosaurs from the pages of the 1940s Fantastic Adventures. Toka and the Man Bats continues the adventures of that forgotten hero of the jungle, Toka, the caveman of Sandcliff, created by legendary science fiction pulp magazine editor and writer Raymond A. Palmer. In this novel of that wonderful cliff city in a lost world, Palmer lives up to his reputation with another fine Tarzanesque action yarn that thrills on every page.

Cover: Reproduced from the original cover for Toka and the Man Bats, Fantastic Adventures Feb. 1946.

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THROUGH THE DRAGON GLASS and Other Fantasies by A. Merritt

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THE GRANDMASTER OF FANTASY!

Volume II of the first ever collection of the complete short stories of A. Merritt, the supreme genius of fantasy, terror and speculation. Includes, for the first time ever, Merritt's lost story, "Pool of the Stone God."

Through the Dragon Glass & Other Masterpieces of Fantasies contains the complete text of five of A. Merritt’s greatest tales. Included are the title story, "The Fox Woman," "Three Lines of Old French," "Music of the Spheres," and "The Pool of the Stone God." Discover why Isaac Asimov hailed Merritt as "The most famous of all fantasy writers." And why the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says "his stories carry within them the true note of fear the dread of the unknown that lies latent even within civilized man. Stories that grow like the unfolding of an evil flower whose deadly fragrance is both overpoweringly sweet and hateful to the senses, to a terrific climax." Also includes "Merritt on Magic" and "Merritt on Merritt." Companion volume to The Women of the Wood and Other Stories.

Merritt weaves “A glimmering, glittering web of imagination…” —The New York Times.

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DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE by A. Merritt

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Merritt's Masterwork—Over One Million Copies Sold!

Two men in one body! That's how Lief Langdon had always felt. One part of him was a modern-day adventurer, the other was a strange half-memory of a life as a High Priest sacrificing living people to Khalk'ru, a demon god from another time and place.

Then Langdon stumbled through the mirage into a hidden Arctic valley, where he fell under the spell of Evalie, as beautiful outwardly as she was inwardly, and her friends the Little People, elfin warriors constantly warring with Lur, the Witch-Woman, and her demon riders, who raided the Little People's land for sacrifices to their dark god, the Kraken.

Horrified at the thought of these sacrifices, Langdon took up the Little People's cause and wooed Evalie. But when he learned the Kraken was also known as Khalk'ru, memories of his past life—as Lur's lover and High Priest of her sect—came rushing back. Soon Langdon was fighting against his other self, a far stronger self who threatened to submerge him entirely and eagerly join Lur, to rain kisses on her lips and wield the bloody knife of sacrifice on his own best friends!

Here is a story of magic, myth and mystery from an author dubbed "A genius," by Saturday Review of Literature, whose work displayed "a fertility of imaginative resource…unique, eerie, compelling"; a thrilling, uncanny novel that inspired H. P. Lovecraft's work and has sold over one million copies in hard and soft cover—now an ebook exclusively from Futures Past Editions.

Cover art: Virgil Finlay, circa 1941

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I, VAMPIRE [The Benaroya Chronicles II] by Jody Scott

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CAN A SEVEN HUNDRED YEAR OLD TRANSYLVANIAN FIND TRUE LOVE WITH A REVOLUTIONARY RYSEMIAN FISH-WOMAN?

Introduction by Theodore Sturgeon

After seven hundred years, glamorous vampire Sterling O’Blivion has begun to think the joy is going out of life. Then she meets Virginia Woolf in the ladies’ room of a dance studio in Chicago. But Woolf is really Benaroya, a dolphin-like alien anthropologist here to learn all there is to know about humanity and to fight the good fight against the evil, slave-trading Sajorians. Sterling falls madly in love with Benaroya. It’s just the sort of romp an aging vampire needs—but first, to defeat the Sajorians, they have to sell millions of Famous Men’s Sperm Kits to every woman on Earth.

“Scott carries on the tradition of Mark Twain, using outside observers to remark on society. Targets include … the treatment of women … consumer culture and the general human willingness to be led by the nose by a charismatic figure. …A message needed now more than ever.” —Publishers Weekly

“A lot of of fun … its real appeal is in Scott's stabs at the foibles and shortcomings of our society. Jody Scott sees things with a clear eye. You must read carefully, for she can point a caustic finger with a single throwaway line. And when she really winds up, everything is fair game: big business, the military, politics, religion and more. In addition to sharpness and criticism, there are wackiness, clever dialogue, action and lots of love. I enjoyed this one immensely and recommend it highly.” —The Seattle Times

“I liked I, Vampire enough to check it off on the Nebula ballot.” —Pamela Sargent

“Exuberantly clever and wildly iconoclastic… If you thirst for something really witty, quirky, with bags of brains [...] you’ll do no better than this wonderful novel.” —For Books’ Sake

“Those who seek to deride feminist SF often suggest that it is too serious and po-faced, but Jody Scott’s wild imagination, seemingly scattershot but tightly controlled, makes … an absurdly comic romp of unexpected juxtapositions and witty asides.” —SF Mistressworks

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“The second book of Scott's Benaroya Chronicles (after Passing for Human), first published in 1984, is still one of the most astonishing works of science fiction ever written. Sterling O'Blivion is hard at work fleecing ordinary citizens out of their life savings when she unexpectedly runs into Virginia Woolf in the ladies' room. But Woolf isn't Woolf—she's the titular vampire, Benaroya, a 36-foot-tall body-swapping alien trying to save humanity from the sinister Sajorians. Naturally, Sterling falls madly in love with her. Benaroya's plan involves selling Famous Men's Sperm Kits to adjust human perceptions and coaxing the world into psychic enlightenment over several centuries, unless the Sajorians (or Sterling's own morbid self-pity) get in the way. Scott's complex theories of reality will be a barrier to comprehension for many, but readers who can stick out the obtuse bits will be rewarded with a stunning piece of iconoclasm as Scott takes human society to task for its casual cruelties, meaningless obsessions, and ironic hatred of love. Most notably, Sterling's vampirism and lesbian identity work in tandem to make this an early and invaluable work of queer feminist SF; its historic nature alone is worth the price of admission. Introduction by Theodore Sturgeon.”
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Reviewed on: 06/27/2016
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AUTUMN ANGELS [The Great Mystery Trilogy, Book 1] by Arthur Byron Cover

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The Nebula Nominated Breakthrough Novel!

The book that ushered in the 21st century—in 1975! So far ahead of its time that no one knew what to make of it!

"…recommended to readers of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett." —The PorPor Books Blog

"This strange novel-parable launched Cover’s long SF career in 1975. Cover swirls a phantasmagoric slew of allusions, quasi-references, and escapist 'sampling' into something Harlan Ellison’s introduction calls 'entertainingly meaningful.'" —Publisher's Weekly 2015

Autumn Angels is a fast moving, anarchistic romp, filled with pop culture references, in which the clichés and conventions of sci-fi are used as slapstick props, just like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—written four years prior.

"Three Godlike men (the lawyer, the fat man and the demon) … seek to give a godlike humanity depression, in an attempt to make their race seek purpose and become the ultimate species in the universe. What follows is … a novel which plunges you into an original sci-fi world which raises thought provoking questions throughout the plot. …fast paced with engaging and unique characters ... thought provoking and emotive ... Buy it now or I will send you to the antimatter universe." —Adam Gent, Goodreads

"It takes the materials of everyday entertainments—pulp heroes, movies, comics, detective stories—and transforms them …. into a gestalt that is fresh. ...The lawyer is modeled after Doc Savage's sidekick, 'Ham'; the fat man is Sidney Greenstreet; the gunsel is Elisha Cook, Jr. in The Maltese Falcon; the Big Red Cheese is Captain Marvel; the Queen of England who calls herself a virgin is Elizabeth I; the ace reporter is Lois Lane; the zany imp from the Fifth Dimension is Mr. Mxyzptlk, and both the imp and Lois are, of course, from the Superman comics; the godlike man with no name is Clint Eastwood in the Sergio Leone-directed spaghetti westerns; the galactic hero with two right arms is Harry Harrison's Bill, the Galactic Hero; the fuzzy (but boring) little green balls of Sharkosh are Star Trek scenarist David Gerrold's tribbles; and you can figure out for yourself the true identities or esoteric references for The Ebony Kings, the poet, the shrink, the bems, the other fat man and his witty leg man, and on and on." —Harlan Ellison

No wonder Autumn Angels is over the top, the author lists as influences the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Richard Lester, the silent comedians, Woody Allen, Harry Harrison, Keith Laumer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dorothy Parker, Hemingway, Jeeves and Wooster, Phil Dick, Robert Sheckley, and Alfred Bester.

"…agile inventiveness … extraordinary salience and outlandishness … astonishing imagination … grotesque and hilarious … honest and often truly beautiful … shocking and exultant. …nothing like the usual sf fare. I read it through in one sitting." —A.A. Attanasio, author, Radix

"...filled with enough wild images and witty dialogues to equal five books by a lesser writer." —Amazon review

Cover: Ron Cobb.

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