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A Million Years in the Future by Thomas P. Kelley

A Million Years In The Future by Thomas P. Kelley

A Million Years In The Future – a thrilling interplanetary story of Jan, the last man on Earth; Tara the Glorious, Queen of the Stars; the Wolves of Worra, the Nine Terrible Sisters, and the Black Raiders, destroyers of a thousand planets.

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A Million Years In The Future (1940) by Thomas P. Kelley is a thrilling interplanetary story of Jan, the last man on Earth; Tara the Glorious, Queen of the Stars; the Wolves of Worra, the Nine Terrible Sisters, and the Black Raiders, destroyers of a thousand planets.

Part One – A tale of the Wolves of Worra and the Nine Terrible Sisters, and the fearsome Black Raiders

  1. Jan of the Purple City
  2. Thovian Pursuit
  3. The Black Raiders
  4. Vapors of Vengeance
  5. The Prison Farms of Capara
  6. A Break for Liberty
  7. Vonna

Part Two – The Moon of Madness . . . Said to be the Very Birthplace of Time

  1. The Moon of Madness
  2. Blood-Stained Altars
  3. The Thing that Came in the Night
  4. Wolves of Worra
  5. The Nine Terrible Sisters
  6. What I Found in the Black Tower

Part Three – A story of the Black Raiders, destroyers of a thousand worlds, and Tara, Queen of the Stars

  1. Invaders from the Outside
  2. Billions of Miles Beyond the Sun
  3. The Golden City
  4. Tara, Queen of the Stars
  5. The Great Games
  6. In the Silent Watches of the Night

Part Four – Thrilling interplanetary story of Tara the Glorious, Queen of the Stars; and the Black Raiders, destroyers of a thousand planets.

  1. The Magic Mirror
  2. I Find Vonna
  3. Dungeons of Despair
  4. The Temple of the Bells
  5. Back to Earth

Thomas Patrick Kelley (1905-1982), was the self-proclaimed “King of the Canadian Pulps” and the “Fastest Author in the East.” He began writing pulp fiction in the 1930s, publishing mostly with Weird Tales and Uncanny Tales. A Million Years in the Future was originally published in four parts in Weird Tales in 1940.

A Million Years In The Future contains 7 illustrations.

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It was our herds, our mounts, and our own lives the warriors sought.

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1. Jan of the Purple City

THIS is a story of triumph and failure, a story of what happened when the Black Raiders came from the stars with their vapors of death; the strange tale that I, Jan, Prince of the Purple City and last man of my world, the planet Earth, tell of the year 1,001,940.

Nor will there ever be a sequel to this story. Never again will the ebon hordes bring terror from the skies. Never again will their space-ships come to bear our maids to the orgies of their temples, or carry fettered slaves and warriors to the sands of their arenas. No more will the eternal Tara flaunt her blinding beauty, or laugh while all around her are the cries and screams of the dying. The terrible Secret of the Bells was at last told to an Earthman, and mine are the hands that blew a world to a hundred trillion atoms.

And now I am alone, alone in the gathering dusk of my own planet to begin the writing of this strange narrative—Earth’s last and final story. All around me are the dreary plains and moss-covered hills of what was once the bottom of a mighty ocean. Overhead the stars are growing brighter and more numerous. Soon they will appear in the great number that will encompass the heavens. Then will come the moons—those three tiny, jagged bodies—to brighten the bleak landscape with their weird and ghostly light.

And yet in the terrible silence of a lifeless world I write on and on, writing of a planet, and a civilization that is no more, writing words that can never know the eyes of other than myself.

Why, then, should I continue this story, or insist on telling that which must forever remain a secret? Perhaps it is the memories of the wild adventures that were mine upon that distant world, Capara. Perhaps it is the thoughts of how I so well held my own against the swordsmen of the Eternal One, or the warriors of the Fire King who reigned on a distant sun; how I found the golden Ball of Life, beheld the great god, Time, or slew the Nine Terrible Sisters who had known a million years!

But no. In these final hours I believe it is for another purpose—that I take a pride in telling of the bravery of my race, of that white-skinned, dark-haired people who are no more. For I am a Prince of the Bardonians, that proud and fearless race who were last to fall before the Migs when the terrible little brown men came to our world with their incalculable numbers, to raze our homes and steal our women.

That, of course, was eons ago. Since then our world has known many invasions from the sky—the yellow-skinned Trulls —the Saurian, men of Sura—the weird, insect-like creatures with their wands of light, who came from the lost planetoid— the beautiful, warrior-women from a star so distant as to be invisible to the naked eye.

And then at last the ones whose very name brought terror to our world, that shouting and barbaric horde who swept down all before them—the Black Raiders!

Through the ages, at irregular intervals, the invasions had continued, while the inhabitants of our ravaged planet slowly dwindled in numbers, in power, in intellect itself. The elders of the twenty or more still remaining tribes who inhabited the ruined-cities of the ancients were ever loud in telling of that fact, talking always of the great civilization and the billions our world had known as far back in the dawning as a million years ago.

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