A manuscript is found that details the adventures of an American passenger whose ship is sunk by a U-boat in 1916, and ultimately finds himself on an island roamed by dinosaurs and cavemen. Burroughs’ working title for this novel was “The Lost U-Boat.”
The City of the Living Dead – Civilizations are messy things. Everyone has their own ideas on how to run them. How do you go about building a Utopia? Who should run them? Politicians? Scientists? Psychologists? Artists? And what do you do with a civilization when you are running it?
Early Cthulhu Stories – seven early stories by H.P. Lovecraft that are the foundation of the Cthulhu Mythos. The Cthulhu stories describe a race of “Elder Beings” who once ruled the universe, but who are now imprisoned or sleeping in some remote part of the Earth or elsewhere in the universe. They only await the time “when the stars are right” to return and resume their rule. Monsters and evil humans live and act to hasten this return.
Conan the Barbarian: The Beginnings by Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) contains the first three Conan novelettes as well as Howard’s introduction to the Hyborian world of Conan.
Adam Link: Robot Vol. 1 by Eando Binder
Dr. Link created a self-aware robot and named it/him Adam Link. After Dr. Link died, Adam had to face the world alone. And the world had to determine if Adam was monster or man. These are the memoirs of Adam Link- robot.
Ring Twice For Laura by Vera Caspary (1899-1987) is the 1942 serialized novel that would become famous as the 1944 Otto Preminger movie ‘Laura.’ Serialized over seven weeks in Collier’s Weekly Magazine, it is the story of a New York City career woman mistakenly thought murdered in her own apartment and the three men most affected: her narcissistic former lover, her philandering fiancee, and the hardboiled detective assigned to investigate her case.
These are the original Buck Rogers novels. Caught in a mining accident in 1927, Anthony “Tony” (Buck) Rogers fell into a state of suspended animation and only came back to consciousness 492 years later. He awakens in a world where Americans are mere back woods gangs “not worth the trouble of subduing” by the ruling Han Airlords. And so the stage is set for the “Second War of Independence.”
The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley (1883-1958) is more famously known as The Mark of Zorro. Serialized in All-Story Weekly in 1919, The Curse of Capistrano is the classic tale of the masked avenger Zorro, full of sword fights, horse chases and forbidden romance. Any number of masked and caped heroes can trace their inspirations back to Zorro, but this is the original novel.