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
(Full review here.)

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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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AN EAST WIND COMING [The Great Mystery Trilogy, Book 2] by Arthur Byron Cover

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Nebula Nominee author Arthur Byron Cover returns to the Great Mystery Trilogy with this captivating novel, featuring an immortal Sherlock Holmes and a deathless Jack the Ripper in a duel through space and time!

“An East Wind Coming is a decadent smorgasbord...peppered with the thrills of various pulp fictions and comic-book universes. In a far future the iconic characters of nineteenth- and twentieth-century pop culture have been reborn, all of them referring to themselves coyly as "the consulting detective," "the good doctor," "the Big Red Cheese," etc. Imagine Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time reinvented by a chimera of Kim Newman, Philip José Farmer, and Belgian nihilist surrealist Jacques Sternberg, and you'll get an idea of the strange atmosphere of this dense and mindwarping novel. Cosmic concepts, horrific crimes, and pulp heroes . . . what more could you want?” —The Magazine of F&SF

“A dark, rich and unusual fantasy/science-fiction novel. The Golden City of the Godlike Men is haunted by a murderer — possibly a reincarnation of Jack the Ripper. As the utopian streets run with blood, the godlike men face the ultimate crisis of their aimless, drifting existence. The murders seem to expose the underlying corruption and pointlessness of their existence. And the only hope seems to be to rouse the Consulting Detective (Sherlock Holmes) from his torpor, to finally investigate a new case that could change the nature of the godlike men's world. The literary fun-'n'-games should appeal to fans of Alan Moore's LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN or anyone who's explored the Wold-Newton playground of Philip Jose Farmer. But there's a wholly unique and utterly fascinating quality to this lonely, haunted, elegiac novel. Again and again, Cover defiantly mines new meaning and hidden power from the detritus of junk, pop, pulp culture. This lost classic of fantasy richly deserves to be rediscovered.” —Amazon Review

“The book is excellent. I recommend this one very highly, with the proviso that the reader will only enjoy it if they happen to like a great number of different types of writing; from great literature to comic books, pulp magazines, penny dreadfuls, etc.” —Casebook: Jack the Ripper

Arthur Byron Cover’s work is filled with "…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." —A.A. Attanasio, author, Radix

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DEVIL-MAY-CARE [The Benaroya Chronicles III] by Jody Scott

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AN OUTRAGEOUSLY EXTRATERRESTRIAL LOOK AT THE HUMAN CONDITION

Now available in book form for the first time ever! When this sequel to Passing for Human and I, Vampire was written in the 1980s, it was rejected by all the major science fiction publishers who told Jody Scott it was “too far out” for commercial publication.

“Jody Scott knows that science fiction reaches the parts other fiction cannot reach. Like Philip K. Dick, she uses science fiction to question the meaning of reality and the nature of humanity—but saying that doesn't even hint at what a wild, original and outrageously funny writer she is.” —TimeOut Magazine

“The greatest employment of science fiction in the service of satire. The best unknown SF writer.” —Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

Rysemian operatives are here to help us evolve. Or Else. But first they must defeat archfiend Scaulzo, worshiped as the Prince of Darkness across many galaxies. ...But can the devil ever really be tamed? Freewheeling cadet Benaroya has a plan—so audacious it might just succeed. Recruit Virginia Woolf’s lover, lesbian vampire Sterling O’Blivion; send her to the mothership for training and rehab by George Patton and Nancy Reagan. Detail Abe Lincoln and Douglas MacArthur to the 1950s to unravel the Gordian knot of human history, master the nuances of being a “respected male leader,” survive Scaulzo's Agony Organ horrorshow that hypnotically invades their thoughts, and refrain from liking the human race a little too much. Tapdance America’s child-sweetheart to superstardom as a Rysemian evangelist. (“‘I come to you humans from across the void,’ Shirley roared in pulpits everywhere—standing on a pile of books.”) Spring the ultimate, high-stakes trap for the devil; Benaroya the bait, Earth’s fate in the balance.

“Jody Scott is like a mad cabby who knows most of the streets in town and knows where the laughs are—get into her rig and she'll take you on a fast and furious spin through America's ideological terrain.” —Michael Shea

“There’s a hilarious rage at the heart of Devil-May-Care that threatens to devour the plot, but doesn’t. Somehow Jody Scott has created a universe that tears across all the usual genre categories and makes brilliant, vicious fun of just about everything. It’s delicious craziness with some serious wisdom shining through.” —Ernest Hogan, author, High Aztech

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PASSING FOR HUMAN [The Benaroya Chronicles I] by Jody Scott

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One of the 10 Weirdest Science Fiction Novels That You've Never Read —io9

“A joyously and at times scatologically tangled satire of the post-industrial western world from a feminist point of view that wittily verges on misandry.” —The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

“A riproaringly magnificent time. Passing For Human is quite unlike anything anyone else has ever done.” —Neil Gaiman

Passing for Human
or
Who Isn't Afraid of Virginia Wolf?

Starring:
Benaroya, a 36-foot extraterrestrial "dolphin"

in the role of:
"Brenda Starr"
"Emma Peel"
Mary Worth
And a happy New Guinea hoptoad.

With an all-star cast including:
Abraham Lincoln
Jennison, the Kansas Jayhawker
Heidi's Grandfather
General George S. Patton
The Los Angeles Police Department
The Prince Of Darkness
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Ancient Egypt
The Isle of Capri
Interstellar Station 8
Four billion newly created people
And several hundred Richard Nixons

When a dolphin-like alien comes to Earth disguised in a female human body, it sets the stage for a wild feminist romp that out-strangers Stranger in a Strange Land.

“The pace of the story never lets up, yet it finds room for serious contemplation of humanity’s woes. The style is easy, with an edge of noir. The central character is a bit of a tough girl which, mixed with her naivety about humans, makes for an intriguing and likeable character. Especially as she (in common with the other aliens) inhabits bodies she has chosen from Earth culture—Brenda Starr, Emma Peel, and Virginia Woolf. Who could not like that, especially the final scenes in which Virginia Woolf is involved in a running gun battle. The humour, pace, and wry observation make this a rare and wonderful beast—a serious science fiction novel that doesn’t take itself seriously.” —Graeme K Talboys, Grumbooks Review

“The novel leaps along with an energy and a disregard for convention that reminds me a little of genre outsiders like Barry Malzberg and possibly Josephine Saxton in that this reads like a romp through the Collective Unconscious. A closer comparison might be with the early novels of Ishmael Reed who shares with Scott a vitriolic contempt for seemingly all and everything, sniping and satirising hilariously along the way. Jody Scott’s wild imagination, seemingly scattershot but tightly controlled, makes Passing For Human an absurdly comic romp of unexpected juxtapositions and witty asides. Good examples of what SF can do when it steps out of its comfort zone, and of how women’s SF can challenge the genre assumptions by challenging its tropes and its language. Take a look, see what you think.” —Performative Utterance

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This satire was first published in 1977, but its biting commentary still registers strongly today. Aliens trained in Western pop culture disguise themselves as well-known figures and embark on two intersecting tasks: judging humankind’s readiness to join the interstellar community, and searching for a ruthless criminal. Scott carries on the tradition of Mark Twain, using outside observers to remark on society. While the treatment of women is the primary focus, other targets include consumer culture and the general human willingness to be led by the nose by a charismatic figure. ...The speculative elements are well written and give a good sense of physical and cultural differences. A light touch keeps the moralizing from getting too ham-fisted, and this cautionary tale calling for a better world is a message needed now more than ever.

—Publishers Weekly

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HIGH AZTECH: The Wildly Inventive Underground SF Classic

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HIGH AZTECH, the underground cult classic, is back and ready to blow your mind wide open.

“A high-energy adventure peppered with great ideas, well-imagined unusual settings, outlandish characters, and a wicked sense of fun.” —Locus

In mid 21st century Mexico, Tenochtitlán, the metropolis formerly known as Mexico City, is the most exciting place on Earth. Stainless steel pyramids pierce the smoggy sky. Human sacrifice is coming back into fashion, especially on the new Aztechan TV channels, and everyone wants an artificial heart. Xolotl Zapata, celebrated poet, skeptic and trmrhsfr journalistr, starts receiving death threats from a cult he's lampooned in a comic book. But soon he will have much worse problems and be running for his life. The government, the Mafia, street gangs, cults, terrorists, even garbage collectors will be after him. Why? He has been infected with a technological development that will changing human life as we know it Zapata is carrying a virus that can download religious beliefs into the human brain—a highly contagious virus that is converting everyone he meets, and everyone they meet, to the Aztec religion. This is Witnessing with a PUNCH! Since he's a virulent carrier he infects a large part of the city all by himself, and the masses, filled with visions and portents, await the End of the World.

“The plot twists and turns, bouncing between the horrors of a police state with high-tech weaponry and eavesdropping equipment and the feverish hallucinations that the protagonist endures as he is captured first by one enemy then another. Those who enjoy science fiction will probably find pleasure in this book. I found the book entertaining and clever in the complexities of its plot. … an example of what might be called Latin American sci-fi magico-realism.” —Nahua Newsletter

“Cyberpunk is the combining of science fiction and technology with a future society on the brink of self-destruction. Ernest Hogan takes the concept a step further, blending in his love of the Aztec’s ancient beliefs and civilization to produce very unique and gripping stories. When it comes to science fiction of a different breed, Hogan is definitely sitting in the front row. One reviewer aptly referred to Hogan as a ‘mad Mexican Hunter S. Thompson.’” —wickedlocal.com

“Chicano writer Ernest Hogan bridges the gap between hard science fiction and cyberpunk … interweaving Pre-Colombian mythology and Spanish, Spanglish, and Nahuatl language into a humorously dystopian sci-fi context … exploring the intersection of religion, technology, pop culture … with a distinctly Latino twist.” —The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature

“…a delirious mosaic of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, post-cyberpunk savvy, linguistic fun and Aztec myth.” —January Magazine

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About the Author

Ernest Hogan is the author of Cortez on Jupiter, High Aztech, Smoking Mirror Blues, “The Frankenstein Penis,” and other acts of creative outrage. He was born in East L.A. back in the Atomic Age. He has a bad habit of creating “art”—even though he isn't really sure what that is. He is married to Emily Devenport and all of her pseudonyms—they live in Arizona, and are inspired by the strange beauty and political turmoil. He is living proof that Chicano is a science fiction state of being. He blogs at mondoernesto.com and does a biweekly Chicanonautica column for La Bloga.

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THE SECRET AGENT X OMNIBUS: Legion of the Living Dead, The Murder Monster & The Fear Merchants

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by Brant House

Secret Agent X was one of the most lurid of pulp magazines, as these three novels reprinted from its pages prove. The series was unique in another respect: as a Wikipedia entry notes: "In the stories, the true identity of Secret Agent X is never revealed. He is a master of disguise, known as 'the man of a thousand faces', who adopts several different identities in each story. Although he is a dedicated crime-fighter working undercover for the U.S. government, this is unknown to the police who consider him an outlaw. His true role is known only to newspaper reporter Betty Dale and his mysterious Washington controller, K-9."

Like other pulp hero novels, the Secret Agent X stories are filled with nonstop action, bizarre villains, fiendish weapons, and diabolical plots, as these book-length reprints show. If you love the Shadow, the Spider and Doc Savage, you will love Secret Agent X!

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THE THIRD STAR MAN OMNIBUS: The World Changer and The Slaves of Venus by Stuart J. Byrne

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From the #1 Bestselling Author of Star Quest!

More adventures of tomorrow's greatest hero. In The World Changer, when Germaine breaks into the cosmium vault at Martanium, he discovers why he is the key to a would-be tyrant's scheme of empire—and the threat it poses to his personal freedom.

Meanwhile, Germaine and his friends find a way to use a comet as camouflage so they can blast the growing Earth Empire Fleet on Luna. Germaine meets the tough, beautiful Lori Beldon who begins to nurture feelings for the Star Man, but his lonely heart belongs to Anne of Thulone. But the destruction of the Empire Fleet triggers a psychic command the tyrant had implanted in Germaine's mind. He must return to the tyrant's headquarters and surrender himself into the tyrant's hands.

In The Slaves of Venus, when he is sentenced to the Venusian slave mines with his old "Superman" crew from Thulone, Germaine discovers the lost laboratories of the 23rd century "Magicians." There, mutant Paul Traynor comes into contact with a Quasar Crystal and a history-changing breakthrough.

If that weren't enough for Germaine to contend with, the dangerous beauty, Aarri-Waziya, also becomes a love temptation for him. The Star Man creates a second front on Venus by allying with the hidden Braburni nation, the gill-breathing race of the Gagandhi, and the "Magicians'" new star ship, Night Song II, with its mutant weapons. This in turn leads to threatened retaliation from the forces of Sol.

Add the possessive impulse of Aarri-Waziya, and the resulting crisis threatens to leave our adventurers lost in the Milky Way!

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