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1. Long [69775 words]Double For Death by Rex Stout [Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller]
2. Mid-Length [38309 words]The Earth Killers and Other Stories by A. E. Van Vogt [Science Fiction]
3. Short [8752 words]Hot Planet by Hal Clement [Science Fiction]
4. Mid-Length [46957 words]Campus Doll by Donald E. Westlake [Erotica/Mystery/Crime]
5. Mid-Length [42803 words]The Odor Of Thought: Short Stories Of Robert Sheckley, Volume 2 by Robert Sheckley [Science Fiction]
6. Mid-Length [44296 words]Worlds of the Imperium by Keith Laumer [Science Fiction/Suspense/Thriller]
7. Short [10665 words]Mr. Spaceship by Philip K. Dick [Science Fiction]
8. Short [7546 words]Through the Purple Cloud by Jack Williamson [Science Fiction]
9. Short [8608 words]The Defenders by Philip K. Dick [Science Fiction]
10. Short [4976 words]Coming Attraction by Fritz Leiber [Science Fiction/Suspense/Thriller]
  1. Mid-Length [43554 words]Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Volume 1 by Robert Sheckley [Science Fiction/Fantasy]
2. Long [54382 words]The Lost Bradbury: Forgotten Tales of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury [Science Fiction/Fantasy]
3. Mid-Length [44296 words]Worlds of the Imperium by Keith Laumer [Science Fiction/Suspense/Thriller]
4. Short [13159 words]Scanners Live in Vain by Cordwainer Smith [Science Fiction]
5. Short [15288 words]Second Variety by Philip K. Dick [Science Fiction]
6. Short [15293 words]The Creatures That Time Forgot by Ray Bradbury [Science Fiction]
7. Mid-Length [44667 words]The Towers of Titan and Other Stories by Ben Bova [Science Fiction]
8. Short [12356 words]Time Grabber by Gordon R. Dickson [Science Fiction/Alternate History]
9. Short [22469 words]Lorelei of the Red Mist by Ray Bradbury & Leigh Brackett [Science Fiction/Fantasy]
10. Short [5475 words]S as in Zebatinsky by Isaac Asimov [Science Fiction/Humor]
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51 Heels Are For Hating and Other Stories
by Fletcher Flora
  Jackie Brand is a small-time middleweight boxing professional just barely trying to make ends meet. The week before a fight with one of Jay Paley's boys, he comes home to his wife Peg daydreaming again about her much-coveted motor court out on Highway 66, and guiltily he goes out to have a drink. At the bar, he is met by the competition's manager, and the latter makes a proposal: lose the fight and get paid ten thousand dollars. The amount would actually cover the downpayment for Peg's house, so... more info>>

Words: 23300 - Reading Time: 66-93 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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52 Hocus-Pocus Universe
by Jack Williamson
  Into the world of facts and figures, scientists and soldiers, came Eon Hunter. Eon the misfit, with his stubborn refusal to accept the world as it was; Eon the enigmatic, who always returned to involve himself in Guilborn's life. They loved the same girl, but were opposites in every other aspect. And Guilborn the scientist now has a theory that may prove to be the salvation of Earth. But Eon is convinced it will destroy it! (Published: 1953)

Words: 16207 - Reading Time: 46-64 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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53 Honey in the Flesh
by G. G. Fickling
  What happens when Miss California from the Miss Twentieth Century Pageant is found dead in Long Beach harbor? You get someone who is as sexy, beautiful, and as smart as Honey West to investigate the mysterious murder. But the tricky part for Honey is what to do when the real Miss California shows up for the Pageant. The Honey West character was created by Gloria and Forrest E. "Skip" Fickling under the pseudonym "G.G. Fickling" in the late 1950s. The G.G. represented the initials of his wife, Gl... more info>>

Words: 47313 - Reading Time: 135-189 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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54 Hostage For A Hood
by Lionel White
  Every minute she had was borrowed, and every second ticked off the time for murder. Joyce was driving along the deserted avenue. Just ahead on a side street, Cribbins checked the second hand of his watch for the last time. He swung the heavy Cadillac around the corner. He had a rendezvous with an armored car and a quar¬ter of a million dollars; he had a tommy gun to make sure it all went off smoothly. Everything was timed, everything was planned down to the most insignificant detail--except for ... more info>>

Words: 49758 - Reading Time: 142-199 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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55 House of Darkness
by Ellery Queen
  Ellery Queen finds himself in charge of the young rambunctious lad, Djuna. What better way to spend his time than at the newly opened amusement park called Joyland. But the park's designer pride and joy is his "House of Darkness". A haunted house that reminds Queen of the set of Dr. Caligari. But what terror does the darkness hold? Ellery Queen and Djuna is about to find out! (Published: 1935)

Words: 8621 - Reading Time: 24-34 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime

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56 I Am Tomorrow
by Lester del Rey
  Thomas Blake has just become president. He has plans to change the world. To be a benevolent leader that will give the power to the people. But when he is wrenched out of his body and finds himself in the body of a rebel assassin who's job is to kill the Bigshot dictator. The dictator is Blake forty years hence, and now he was obviously falling in love with a girl who believed his highest mission in life was to shoot his older self!

Words: 15273 - Reading Time: 43-61 min.
Category: Science Fiction

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57 I'm A Stranger Here Myself and Other Stories
by Craig Rice
  Charlie Bekker--also known as Bob Smith, J. Brown and Will Jones--one morning finds himself in a very sticky situation: he wakes up on the floor of an unfamiliar room, under circumstances he couldn't recall, with a girl he has known only in passing. And the girl is dead. But by some good fortune he happens to bump into John J. Malone, Chicago's best criminal defense lawyer, who agrees to help him get out of the mess. But the multiple identities starts getting on his nerves, as well as the web of... more info>>

Words: 21744 - Reading Time: 62-86 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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58 Jobo
by Henry Slesar
  Jobo was picked upon and teased. Not like any other child in the deep woods of Tennessee. They called him a freak, but he was strong and could whoop anybody, if forced to do so. Unfortunately, he may be forced to do so. Meanwhile, John Tilletson was on an expedition of lifetime--to Easter Island! All to prove his unorthodox hypothesis that the giant head sculptures of Easter Island have an extraterrestrial origin. Soon Jobo and John Tilletson's worlds would collide.

Words: 13695 - Reading Time: 39-54 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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59 Joe Puma, P.I.
by William Campbell Gault
  In the dangerous and oftentimes cynical world of private investigations, Beverly Hills-based private eye Joseph Puma is a refreshing breath of fresh air. In his job, he often encounters the seedier side of life, and yet, he retains that idealism that justice must be served. "A man is dead," he says. "Isn't it important to you?" Oftentimes broke and needing to pawn his old Chevrolet, Joe nevertheless finds time to help old friends and strangers, even without pay. He does not shy away from danger... more info>>

Words: 44613 - Reading Time: 127-178 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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60 Killer and Others
by James Gunn
  Science Fiction Grand Master James Gunn started his career writing short stories in the 1950s. Here are three stories that show some of his diversity of style. The Gravity Business: When an extended family land on an explored planet and their anti-gravity refuses to work. They are all dismayed when they find out the furry little alien named "Freep" is the culprit. Stilled Patter: The baby business is all a vast conspiracy and one man knows why. Killer: Sam Newman landed his ship on what was sure... more info>> (Published: 1953)

Words: 13708 - Reading Time: 39-54 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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61 Last of the Breed
by Les Savage, Jr.
  The town of Apache Wells had quietly sneered at Brian Sheridan all his life. It knew him as a drunk, a playboy, the worthless son of a man who had hacked his power and fortune from the Arizona wilds in the tradition of the great empire builders. And then one day the father was dead. Brian found himself broke, hated, squeezed dry by the men he'd known as friends. Slowly Brian Sheridan began to fight back, to come alive as a man. It was a good feeling. But it carried the uneasy knowledge that some... more info>>

Words: 60481 - Reading Time: 172-241 min.
Category: Historical Fiction
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62 Leprechaun Tales: The Fantastic Adventures of Tink, Jing and Nastee
by William P. McGivern
  Tink, a leprechaun with the belief in goodness of people, is ever optimistic. He never fails in sharing his beliefs and even making bets on the goodness of people, despite Nastee's persistent pessimism. Nastee never misses a trick to undo whatever goodness that can be undone. Along with Jing the beautiful elfin music sprite, the three of them battle Nazis, lions, and gremlins, as they make their way unseen in the world of humans. Originally published in the 1940s, these five stories by William P... more info>>

Words: 36950 - Reading Time: 105-147 min.
Category: Fantasy/Humor

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63 Lorelei of the Red Mist
by Ray Bradbury, Leigh Brackett
  Hugh Starke, space-rat and convict, was being pursued by spacecraft into the unknown parts of Venus. He had just pulled off the largest lone wolf heist in the history of that planet. But now it looked like he was going to pay the ultimate price for his misdeeds. But fate had a strange twist on Starke's life when he woke up in a different body. A body that was strong and powerful. In a body of a Venusian barbarian named Conan. But was Starke anything more than a puppet in this new body? For he so... more info>> (Published: 1946)

Words: 22469 - Reading Time: 64-89 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy
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64 Man Hungry
by Donald E. Westlake
  Daniel Blake, whose first novel debuted in the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks, sought refuge in a small state-supported college as an English instructor when he failed to publish his subsequent novels. One year, he told himself. One year of teaching and saving his salary, and he would go back to New York and write. His plan seemed straightforward enough. However, Blake did not count on life happening to him. He met Ann, the new gym teacher, and they lived together and established a... more info>>

Words: 51550 - Reading Time: 147-206 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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65 Master of Noir: Volume Three
by John D. MacDonald, Lawrence Block, Ed McBain
  This anthology features some of the most famous authors writing at the peak of their careers! Volume three of Master of Noir has the following ten great stories: THE KILLERS by JOHN D. MACDONALD, ATTACK by ED McBAIN, JUST WINDOW SHOPPING by LAWRENCE BLOCK, SIX FINGERS by HAL ELLSON, STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by THEODORE PRATT, MAY I COME IN? by FLETCHER FLORA, COP FOR A DAY by HENRY SLESAR, PRECISE MOMENT by HENRY KANE, GRAVEYARD SHIFT by STEVE FRAZEE, BAIT FOR THE RED-HEAD by EUGENE PAWLEY

Words: 50543 - Reading Time: 144-202 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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66 Masters of Noir: Volume Four
by Lawrence Block, Mickey Spillane,
  This anthology features some of the most famous authors writing at the peak of their careers! Volume four of Master of Noir has the following ten great stories: THE PICKPOCKET by MICKEY SPILLANE, I DON'T FOOL AROUND by LAWRENCE BLOCK, MAN WITH A SHIV by RICHARD WORMSER, THE FLOATER by JONATHAN CRAIG, SWAMP SEARCH by HARRY WHITTINGTON, FACE OF EVIL by DAVID ALEXANDER, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF by WILLIAM CAMPBELL GAULT, THE FAST LINE by ART CROCKETT, CRIME OF PASSION by RICHARD S. PRATHER, and LUST S... more info>>

Words: 52925 - Reading Time: 151-211 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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67 Masters of Noir: Volume One
by Ed McBain, Mickey Spillane, Lawrence Block
  A walk on the wild side! In this series of collections of gritty Noir and Hardboiled stories, you'll find some of the best writers of the craft writing in their prime. The following stories are included in this first volume of Masters of Noir: IDENTITY UNKNOWN by JONATHAN CRAIG, THE GIRL BEHIND THE HEDGE by MICKEY SPILLANE, CARRERA'S WOMAN by ED McBAIN writing as RICHARD MARSTEN, BUTCHER by RICHARD S. PRATHER, LOOK DEATH IN THE EYE by LAWRENCE BLOCK, ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON by GIL BREWER, FRAME ... more info>>

Words: 52516 - Reading Time: 150-210 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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68 Masters of Noir: Volume Two
by Craig Rice, Jonathan Craig, Hal Ellson
  Another walk on the wild side! In this series of collections of gritty Noir and Hardboiled stories, you'll find some of the best writers of the craft writing in their prime. The following stories are included in this second volume of Masters of Noir: GREEN EYES by HAL ELLSON, BIG STEAL by FRANK KANE, NECKTIE PARTY by ROBERT TURNER, THE PURPLE COLLAR by JONATHAN CRAIG, I DON'T FOOL AROUND by CHARLES JACKSON, NICE BUNCH OF GUYS by MICHAEL FESSIER, FLOWERS TO THE FAIR by CRAIG RICE, DIE LIKE A DO... more info>>

Words: 51899 - Reading Time: 148-207 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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69 Meeting of the Minds: Short Stories of Robert Sheckley, Volume 1
by Robert Sheckley
  Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 -- December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical. Sheckley was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001. Included in this collection are nine of some of his best stories written in the 1950s. Includes the following stories: ME... more info>>

Words: 43554 - Reading Time: 124-174 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy
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70 Midnight Blue
by Ross Macdonald
  Lew Archer was out for a little target practice. Just a deserted old estate in the canyon where Archer could get away from the Hollywood rat race and sharpen his shooting skills down in the meadow. But he found two things there he wasn't expecting. One was a crazy old vagrant that had set up in dilapidated gatehouse. And two was a glittering red object on the ground. It was a red enameled fingernail that just happens to still be attached to its owner. A young blonde who was strangled, buried and... more info>> (Published: 1960)

Words: 10401 - Reading Time: 29-41 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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71 Mona
by Lawrence Block
  Also published as Grifter's Game. The living was high and the pickings came easy--till my one wild love became my sweet, slow death. Clip artist, reamer, pigeon plucker--take your pick. They all spell confidence man. Hell--they all spell me, Joe Marlin. But then, by any other name I'd smell as sweet to bored women on the prowl--rich ladies with their baby blues tight shut and their pocketbooks wide open. That was my game--devil-may-care conning, fly-by-night living, skipped checks at plush hotel... more info>>

Words: 49793 - Reading Time: 142-199 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller

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72 Mr. Spaceship
by Philip K. Dick
  The war continues as a stalemate. The Yucconae, an alien race, are living organisms that can traverse outer space. The Earth's drone rockets do not have a chance against the flexibility of a living organisms. Working in a military research facility, Kramer comes up with a system of installing a man's brain as the central processor of a rocket. Since a pilot could not withstand the pressures of deep space flight, a willing sacrifice will need to be made. Kramer's ex-wife, Dolores, remembers an ol... more info>> (Published: 1953)

Words: 10665 - Reading Time: 30-42 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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73 Nothing More Than Murder
by Jim Thompson
  Joe Wilmot has the nicest movie theatre in his area. Sure it wasn't a major city, but it was something he had built up. The Barclay Theatre still carries his wife's maiden name, but it didn't bother him much--not too much at all. His wife Elizabeth was always fouling things up and Joe was always fixing things. Sure, a few people lost out in their dealing with Joe, but what the hey, this was business. And one thing Joe had learned growing up in the orphanage was that you got to look out for numbe... more info>>

Words: 54480 - Reading Time: 155-217 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller

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74 Now Die In It
by Ed McBain
  Matt Cordell was on his way down. Since he lost his license as a detective for attacking his wife and her lover, his goal is seeking oblivion with a bottle. But P. I. work came to him in spite of himself. His buddy's sister-in-law is pregnant and he wants to know who the daddy is. The case takes on extra emphasis when his buddy's sweet sister-in-law turns up dead. With the help of a nympho, Matt finds out the person he's seeking name is Freddie. Now with only about 100,000 Freddies in NY, Matt C... more info>> (Published: 1953)

Words: 11098 - Reading Time: 31-44 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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75 One Little Bullet
by Henry Kane
  The nightclub, the Long-Malamed, was packed. Peter Chambers was enjoying the show. A great Afro-Cuban drummer with and even greater dancer, Manaja, was on stage. Now, lightning from the spot hit the stage in garish waves as Manaja began her torso-flinging performance. Her copper body had been rubbed with oil, reflecting the bursting flashes of light and loud drums, which proved a perfect distraction for one little bullet to find its way into the nightclub owner's temple. Now Peter Chambers' clie... more info>> (Published: 1952)

Words: 12635 - Reading Time: 36-50 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
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