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Lord Peter

Dorothy L. Sayers - 1971
    I Lord Peter Views the Body (1928) 12 stories: The .. 1 Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers2 Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question3 Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will4 Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag5 Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker6 Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention7 Vindictive Story of the Footsteps That Ran8 Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste9 Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head10 Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach11 Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face"12 Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba"II Hangman's Holiday (1933) 4 stories: The ..1 Image in the Mirror"2 Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey"3 Queen's Square"4 Necklace of Pearls"III In the Teeth of the Evidence (1939)1 In the Teeth of the Evidence2 Absolutely Elsewhere"IV Striding Folly (1972)1 Striding Folly2 The Haunted Policeman3 Talboys* Sayers, Lord Peter and God by Carolyn Heilbrun* Greedy Night, A Parody by E. C. Bentley

Holding Wonder

Zenna Henderson - 1971
    In this many-dimensioned new collection of speculative fiction, Zena Henderson introduces us to a boy who "calls" his mother, despite the fact that the nearest phone is miles away.--and reads the distress call from an orbiting astronaut's mind; to the amazing cures of Aunt Sophronia--pills for the living dead; and to Loo Ree, the imaginary friend of a first grader -- who tuns out to be all too real...Contents:The Indelible Kind (1968)J-Line to Nowhere (1969)You Know What, Teacher? (1954)The Effectives (1965)Loo Ree (1953)The Closest School (1960)Three-Cornered and Secure (1971)The Taste of Aunt Sophronia (1971)The Believing Child (1970)Through a Glass - Darkly (1970)As Simple as That (1971)Swept and Garnished (1971)One of Them (1971)Sharing Time (1971)Ad Astra (1971)Incident After (1971)The Walls (1971)Crowning Glory (1971)Boona on Scancia (1971)Love Every Third Stir (1971)

Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970

Richard Brautigan - 1971
    Richard Brautigan is the author of "Willard & His Bowling Trophies", "Trout Fishing in America", "In Watermelon Sugar" & "A Confederate General From Big Sur".Revenge of the lawn --1692 Cotton Mather newsreel --1/3, 1/3, 1/3 --The gathering of a Californian --A short story about contemporary life in California --Pacific Radio fire --Elmira --Coffee --The lost chapters of Trout fishing in America: "Rembrandt Creek" and "Carthage Sink" --The weather in San Francisco --Complicated banking problems --A high building in Singapore --An unlimited supply of 35 millimeter film --The Scarlatti Tilt --The wild birds of heaven --Winter rug --Ernest Hemingway's typist --Homage to the San Francisco YMCA --The pretty office --A need for gardens --The old bus --The ghost children of Tacoma --Talk show --I was trying to describe you to someone --Trick or treating down to the sea in ships --Blackberry motorist --Thoreau rubber band --44:40 --Perfect California day --The post offices of eastern Oregon --Pale marble movie --Partners --Getting to know each other --A short history of Oregon --A long time ago people decided to live in America --A short history of religion in California --April in god-damn --One afternoon in 1939 --Corporal --Lint --A complete history of Germany and Japan --The auction --The armored car --The literary life in California, 1964 --Banners of my own choosing --Fame in California, 1964 --Memory of a girl --September California --A study in California flowers --The betrayed kingdom --Women when they put their clothes on in the morning --Halloween in Denver --Atlantisburg --The view from the dog tower --Greyhound tragedy --Crazy old women are riding the buses of America today --The correct time --Holiday in Germany --Sand Castles --Forgiven --American flag decal --The World War I Los Angeles airplane

A Perfect Vacuum

Stanisław Lem - 1971
    Embracing postmodernism's "games for games' sake" ethos, Lem joins the contest with hilarious and grotesque results, lampooning the movement's self-indulgence and exploiting its mannerisms.Beginning with a review of his own book, Lem moves on to tackles (or create pastiches of) the French new novel, James Joyce, pornography, authorless writing, and Dostoevsky, while at the same time ranging across scientific topics, from cosmology to the pervasiveness of computers. The result is a metafictional tour de force by one of the world's most popular writers.

The Golden Ball and Other Stories

Agatha Christie - 1971
    Vincent and his family to magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, and unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover? In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Crime takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights.Contents:The Listerdale MysteryThe Girl in the TrainThe Manhood of Edward RobinsonJane in Search of a JobA Fruitful SundayThe Golden BallThe Rajah's EmeraldSwan SongThe Hound of DeathThe GypsyThe LampThe Strange Case of Sir Arthur CarmichaelThe Call of WingsMagnolia BlossomNext to a Dog

All the Myriad Ways

Larry Niven - 1971
    Includes: All the Myriad Ways (1968); Passerby (1969); For a Foggy Night (1968); Wait It Out [Known Space] (1968); The Jigsaw Man [Known Space] (1967); Not Long Before the End (1969); Unfinished Story No. 1 (1970); Unfinished Story No. 2 (1971); Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex (essay, 1969); Exercise in Speculation: The Theory and Practice of Teleportation (essay, 1969); The Theory and Practice of Time Travel (essay, 1971) Inconstant Moon (1971); What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers? (1971); Becalmed in Hell [Known Space] (1965).

Taipei People

Pai Hsien-yung - 1971
    Patrick Hanan praises the volume as -the highest achievement in the contemporary Chinese story.- Henry Miller considers Pai Hsien-yung -a master of portraiture.- Stories from this collection have already been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean.


Richard Matheson - 1971
    Terror storiesRemember that murderous semi chasing Dennis Weaver down a lonely stretch of desert highway?Duel, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed first film, was adapted by Richard Matheson from his unforgettable story of the same name.But "Duel" is only one of the classic suspense tales in this outstanding collection of stories by the Grand Master of Horror, which also contains Matheson's legendary first story, "Born of Man and Woman," as well as several stunning shockers that inspired memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Little Girl Lost," "Steel," and "Third from the Sun."Like Matheson's previous collection, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, this collection is an indispensable treasure trove of terror from the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come.

Restless Nights: Selected Stories

Dino Buzzati - 1971
    Contains:-The Seven Messengers-The End of the World-Appointment with Einstein-The Saucer Has Landed-The Survivor's Story-Prank-The Walls of Anagoor-Human Greatness-The Colomber-The Writer's Secret-The Bewitched Jacket-The Elevator-The Ubiquitous-The Wind-The Eiffel Tower-The Falling Girl-Quiz at the Prison-Elephantiasis-The Scandal on Via Sesostri-The Scrivners-What Will Happen on October 12th?-The Count's Wife-The Bogeyman

Lives of Girls and Women

Alice Munro - 1971
    When she begins spending more time in town, she is surrounded by women -- her mother, an agnostic, opinionated woman who sells encyclopedias to local farmers; her mother's boarder, the lusty Fern Dogherty; and her best friend, Naomi, with whom she shares the frustrations and unbridled glee of adolescence.Through these unwitting mentors and in her own encounters with sex, birth, and death, Del explores the dark and bright sides of womanhood. All along she remains a wise, witty observer and recorder of truths in small-town life. The result is a powerful, moving, and humorous demonstration of Alice Munro's unparalleled awareness of the lives of girls and women.

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories

Alice Walker - 1971
    But unlike her first collection of stories, the women in these tenderly wrought tales face their problems head on, proving powerful and self-possessed even when degraded by others—sometimes by those closest to them. But even as the female protagonists face exploitation, social asymmetries, and casual cruelties, Walker leavens her stories with ample wit and, as always, an eye for the redemptive power of love. A collection that reveals a master of fiction approaching the fullness of her talent, these are the stories Walker produced while penning The Color Purple. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Inconstant Moon

Larry Niven - 1971
    The sun had gone nova.DEATH BY ECSTASY: Belters didn't get addicted to current stimulation, so why did the spacer die with electrodes in his brain?BORDERED IN BLACK: the continent had a thin black border all the way around. The things that made it drove a space explorer raving mad.These are three of the superb stories in this new collection by Larry Niven. The others are just as good.

The Kingdom Under the Sea and Other Stories

Joan Aiken - 1971
    A collection of eleven fairy tales from eastern Europe and the Soviet Union retold by a noted English author.

Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in Speculative Fiction

Harlan Ellison - 1971
    If someone were stupid enough to do it, novels could be written and published with such titles as " Moby Dick," " Alice in Wonderland" or "Gone With the Wind." But also, by law, ownership of a title can be guaranteed if it can be proved that the original author has established such a connection with the title that any duplication would infringe that linkage. How famous is this most famous of all Harlan Ellison's books? Well known enough that an English film company was stopped in its attempt to make a movie called " I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream." It's Ellison's title, the company was told.For more than sixteen years this work has been considered a classic of imaginative fiction.Isn't it about time you found out why? Discover why no one who has read this story has ever been able to forget it!Contents:· The Song of the Soul · in · I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream · ss If Mar ’67 · The Discarded [“The Abnormals”] · ss Fantastic Apr ’59 · Deeper Than the Darkness · nv Infinity Science Fiction Apr ’57 · Blind Lightning · ss Fantastic Universe Jun ’56 · All the Sounds of Fear · ss The Saint Detective Magazine (UK) Jul ’62 · The Silver Corridor · ss Infinity Science Fiction Oct ’56 · “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman · ss Galaxy Dec ’65 · Bright Eyes · ss Fantastic Apr ’65 · Are You Listening? · ss Amazing Dec ’58 · Try a Dull Knife · ss F&SF Oct ’68 · In Lonely Lands · ss Fantastic Universe Jan ’59 · Eyes of Dust · ss Rogue Dec ’59 · Nothing for My Noon Meal · ss Nebula #30 ’58 · O Ye of Little Faith · ss Knight Sep ’68 · The Time of the Eye · ss The Saint Detective Magazine May ’59 · Life Hutch [Kyben] · ss If Apr ’56 · The Very Last Day of a Good Woman [“The Last Day”] · ss Rogue Nov ’58 · Night Vigil [“Yellow Streak Hero”] · ss Amazing May ’57 · Lonelyache · ss Knight Jul ’64 · Pennies, Off a Dead Man’s Eyes · ss Galaxy Nov ’69

John Updike: The Collected Stories

John Updike - 1971
    His evocations of small-town Pennsylvania life, and of his own religious, artistic, and sexual awakening, transfixed readers of The New Yorker and of the early collections Pigeon Feathers (1962) and The Music School (1966). In these and the works that followed—the formal experiments and wickedly tart tales of suburban adultery in Museums and Women (1972) and Problems (1979), the portraits of middle-aged couples in love and at war with aging parents and rebellious children in Trust Me (1987) and The Afterlife (1994), and the fugue-like stories of memory, desire, travel, and unquenched thirst for life in Licks of Love (2000) and My Father’s Tears (2009)—Updike displayed the virtuosic command of character, dialogue, and sensual description that was his signature.   Here, in two career-spanning volumes, are 186 unforgettable stories, from "Ace in the Hole” (1953), a sketch of a Rabbit-like ex-basketball player written when Updike was a Harvard senior, to "The Full Glass” (2008), the author’s toast to the visible world, his own impending disappearance from it be damned.” Based on new archival research, each story is presented in its final definitive form and in order of composition, established here for the first time. This unprecedented collection of American masterpieces is not just the publishing event of the season, it is a national literary treasure.

Rod Serling's Night Gallery

Rod Serling - 1971
    Miraculously, the boat is still afloat--and its only passenger is alive!"Make Me Laugh": Fat, ugly Jackie Slater is a third-rate comic playing the desperation circuit of sleazy nightclubs. Enter Chatterje, the miracle guru. Suddenly, Jackie is a big-time TV comic--but the laughs are tinged with hysteria."Pamela's Voice": Jonathan has ever-so-neatly "disposed" of his nagging, druid-like wife, Pamela. Strange, then, that she should return from the grave in full bloom--and bitchier than ever.PLUS "Does the Name Grimsby Do Anything to You?"--The worst space risk of all: Lunar Insanity... "Clean Kills and Other Trophies"... Father and son play the most dangerous game... and the Emmy Award Nominee "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar".Don't miss television's most imaginative show -- Rod Serling's Night Gallery

Broken Nest

Rabindranath Tagore - 1971
    Within seemingly simple plots, Tagore portrays with extraordinary compassion and lyricism the predicament of women in traditional Bengali contexts, moving from the loneliness of an intelligent, beautiful woman neglected by her husband in the Nobel Laureate's acclaimed novella Broken Nest, to the powerlessness of a young girl whose prized possession is taken away in Notebook, from the casual abandonment of an orphan in Postmaster, to a girl robbed of her childhood in The Ghat's Tale. Powerful, brilliant and astute, the novella and three short stories included in this collection - translated here by acclaimed fiction writer Sharmistha Mohanty, who has brought into English the music of Tagore's narratives - are Tagore's finest prose works.

Gods, Men and Ghosts: The Best Supernatural Fiction of Lord Dunsany

Lord Dunsany - 1971
    M. D. Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, ranks among the twentieth century's great masters of supernatural and science fiction. An outstanding dramatist whose supernatural plays anticipated the theater of the absurd, Dunsany was also a virtuoso writer of short stories and essays. This selection presents the finest of his works, gathered from long-out-of-print sources. Contents include the famous "Three Sailors' Gambit," possibly the best chess story ever written; the remarkable trilogy about Nuth and the Gnoles, Thangobrind the Jeweller, and the Gibbelins; exploits of the Gods, including both "The Gods of Pengana" and adventures from other books; and favorite adventures of Jorkens, prince of liars. Dunsany's spellbinding tales are complemented by the remarkable visions of Sidney H. Sime, whose delicate illustrations form an indispensable complement to the stories.

Can You Feel Anything When I Do This?

Robert Sheckley - 1971
    Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? (1969) storyCordle to Onion to Carrot (1969) storyThe Petrified World (1968) story Game: First Schematic (1971) story Doctor Zombie & His Little Furry Friends (1971) storyThe Cruel Equations (1971) storyThe Same to You Doubled (1970) story Starting from Scratch (1953) story The Mnemone (1971) storyTripout (1971) storyNotes on the Perception of Imaginary Differences (1971) storyDown the Digestive Tract & Into the Cosmos with Mantra, Tantra & Specklebang (1971) story Pas de Trois of the Chef & the Waiter & the Customer (1971) storyAspects of Langranak (1971) story Plague Circuit (1971) story Tailpipe to Disaster (1971) story by Robert Sheckley

A Book Of Princesses

Sally Patrick Johnson - 1971
    That is when you should read about princesses, for whether they are bullied or cherished, proud or simple, hardworking or spoilt, beautiful or long-nosed, they are always special.In this book you will find every type of princess imaginable; some are nice, some are horrid, some pretty, some plain, and the stories about them have been told by such wonderful writers as Walter de la Mare, Hans Andersen, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, A.A. Milne, and George MacDonald.It is a book for little girls, especially those who like to dream.

Sturgeon is Alive and Well

Theodore Sturgeon - 1971
    Eleven stories first published 1954-71.Foreword (1971) • essayTo Here & the Easel (1954) • novella Slow Sculpture (1970) • novelette It's You! (1970) • story Take Care of Joey (1971) • story Crate (1970) • story The Girl Who Knew What They Meant (1970) • storyJorry's Gap (1968) • story It Was Nothing—Really! (1969) • story Brownshoes (1969) • story (aka The Man Who Learned Loving)Uncle Fremmis (1970) • story The Patterns of Dorne (1970) • story Suicide (1970) • story

Nightwebs (Crime Masterworks)

Cornell Woolrich - 1971
    His stories are masterpieces of psychological suspense and mystery, and they have inspired classic movies like Hitchcock's Rear Window and Truffaut's The Bride wore Black. This collection brings together twelve of his finest, most powerful and disturbing tales.Contains the stories:- Graves for the Living- The Red Tide- The Corpse Next Door- You'll Never See Me Again- Dusk to Dawn- Murder at the Automat- Death in the Air- Mamie 'n' Me- The Screaming Laugh- One and a Half Murders- Dead on Her Feet- One Night in Barcelona- The Penny-a-Worder- The Number's Up- Too Nice a Day to Die- Life is Weird Sometimes(N.B: The last four stories are not included in the Crime Masterworks edition.)

Jeffrey Introduces Thirteen More Southern Ghosts

Kathryn Tucker Windham - 1971
    Windham on her travels. His only purpose for existing is to prod her into collecting and preserving 'true ghost stories from throughout the south.


Samuel R. Delany - 1971
    so that others may explore the outer limits of sexual perversion.Far beneath the surface of the planet earth, a doomed architect lives out the rest of his years in a hideous life-sustaining coffin... in a world where not dying is the ultimate form of punishment.And in a remote outpost near Canada, a lone cluster of Hell's Angels prepare for the final battle with a society which demands that all men share in the good life... whether they want to or not.This is the universe of Samuel R. Delany. Rooted in the present, projected into the future, it is an existence where anything can happen—and does!

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Stay Awake By

Alfred Hitchcock - 1971
    No one should waste those deliciously dark hours between dusk and dawn when the wind howls the loudest and the smallest sounds can reap the greatest dividends of dread. Therefore in his latest collection Hitch has personally selected tales tailored to break the stranglehold of slumber and make sure that all your nightmares are waking ones.

Vermilion Sands

J.G. Ballard - 1971
    But now it languishes in uneasy decay, populated only by forgotten movie stars, solitary impresarios and artistic and literary failures, a place where love and lust pall before the stronger pull of evil.Contents:· The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D [Vermillion Sands] · ss F&SF Dec ’67 · Prima Belladonna [Vermillion Sands] · ss Science-Fantasy #20 ’56 · The Screen Game [Vermillion Sands] · nv Fantastic Oct ’63 · The Singing Statues [Vermillion Sands] · ss Fantastic Jul ’62 · Cry Hope, Cry Fury! [Vermillion Sands] · ss F&SF Oct ’67 · Venus Smiles [“Mobile”; Vermillion Sands] · ss Science-Fantasy #23 ’57 · Say Goodbye to the Wind [Vermillion Sands] · ss Fantastic Aug ’70 · Studio 5, The Stars [Vermillion Sands] · nv Science-Fantasy #45 ’61 · The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista [Vermillion Sands] · nv Amazing Mar ’62

Vaster Than Empires and More Slow

Ursula K. Le Guin - 1971
    One of the ship's crew of 10 is a human empath whose role as ship's Sensor is to detect any presence of intelligent life, but upon their arrival they find vast forests and open fields of grasses, without animals of any kind ... not even an insect. Unable to stand the irritatating emotional excreta of his fellow crewmates, the empath sets up an outpost to do a species count on the local flora, but when he fails to report in on the radio, the others suspect the native vegetation may not be as harmless as it seems. Locus Poll Award Nominee, Hugo Award Nominee

The Spawn of Cthulhu

Lin Carter - 1971
    Contents:About The Spawn of CTHULHU & H.P. Lovecraft · Lin CarterThe Whisperer in Darkness · H.P. Lovecraft · in Weird Tales Aug ’31 An Inhabitant of Carcosa · Ambrose Bierce · ss San Francisco Newsletter Dec 25, 1886 The Yellow Sign · Robert W. Chambers · nv The King in Yellow, New York & Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1895 Cordelia’s Song from The King in Yellow · Vincent Starrett · pm Weird Tales Apr ’38 The Return of Hastur · August Derleth · nv Weird Tales Mar ’39 Litany to Hastur (from Dreams from R’lyeh) · Lin Carter · pm Amra v2 #32 ’65 The Children of the Night · Robert E. Howard · ss Weird Tales Apr/May ’31 K’n-yan · Walter C. DeBill, Jr. · pm The Arkham Collector Win ’71 The Tale of Satampra Zeiros [Satampra Zeiros] · Clark Ashton Smith · ss Weird Tales Nov ’31 The Hounds of Tindalos · Frank Belknap Long · ss Weird Tales Mar ’29 The Curse of Yig · Zealia Brown Reed Bishop · ss Weird Tales Nov ’29 The Mine on Yuggoth [revised from “The Tower from Yuggoth”, Goudy #2 ’61] · Ramsey Campbell · ss The Inhabitant of the Lake, Arkham, 1964

The Ghouls

Peter Haining - 1971
    Peter Haining has collected the stories on which eighteen of the very best horror films were based...""...In his introductions to each story, Mr. Haining provides a brief look at the story itself and the films made from it, including some fascinating bits of information about the making of the motion picture."Stories included:The Devil in a ConventThe LunaticsPuritan PassionsPhantom of the OperaThe MagicianFreaksMost Dangerous GameDracula's DaughterAll that Money Can BuyThe Body SnatcherThe Beast with Five FingersBeast from 20,000 FathomsThe FlyBlack SundayIncident at Owl CreekDie, Monster, Die!The SkullThe Oblong Box

A Few Fair Days

Jane Gardam - 1971
    Recounts the experiences of a little girl growing up in a seaside town in Yorkshire during the years between the two world wars.

The Peculiar Exploits of Brigadier Ffellowes

Sterling E. Lanier - 1971
    Someone who lives at the lost fringes of the planet, and a focal point for the supernatural and sometimes dark forces that lie unknown in the hidden corners of the world. As the retired Brigadier tells his stories at the club, he is often initially scoffed at, but as the tales continue, silence fills the room and the bravest of men begin to shudder as they absorb the all too real terror of Ffellows adventures. Listen yourself and see how well YOU sleep afterwards."His Only Safari""The Kings of the Sea""His Coat So Gay""The Leftovers""A Feminine Jurisdiction""Fraternity Brother""Soldier Key"

Best Mystery And Suspense Plays Of The Modern Theatre: The Complete Text

Stanley Richards - 1971
    The plays are:Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha ChristieSleuth by Anthony ShafferChild's Play by Robert MarascoAngel Street by Patrick HamiltonDangerous Corner by J.B. PriestlyDracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. BalderstonDial "M" for Murder by Frederick KnottThe Letter by W. Somerset MaughamArsenic and Old Lace by Joseph KesselringBad Seed by Maxwell Anderson

How to Write Short Stories with Samples

Ring Lardner - 1971
    In 1924, F. Scott Fitzgerald arranged for How to Write Short Stories to be published and more attention was then paid to Lardner's work.

When the Bough Breaks, and Other Stories,

Naomi Mitchison - 1971
    Contents Include: The Hostages Vercingetorix and the Others: Cottia went to Bibtacte The Man from Alesia Got to put up with it Now The Triumph of Faith When the Bough Breaks A Note on some Books

Collected Stories

Mary Josephine Lavin - 1971
    The green grave and the black grave --At Sallygap --The cemetery in the demesne --Sunday brings Sunday --The long ago --The young girls --A happy death --The sand castle --The small bequest --A visit to the cemetery --A tragedy --The long holidays --My vocation --Frail vessel --Brigid --The great wave --The mouse --The living --In the middle of the fields --The cuckoo-spit --Happiness --The new gardener.

Modern Short Stories: The Uses of Imagination

Arthur Mizener - 1971
    In any reasonably definable sense, the short story has existed as a literary form for less than a hundred years, and the significant differences among short stories are not historical differences but differences in mode, in the attitudes toward life which govern an author's sense of reality and the techniques of expression these attitudes dictate.