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یکشنبه 6 آذر 1390

“The Star” By “Wells, H. G”

The Star

Herbert George Wells

Published: 1897



About Wells
: Herbert George Wells, better known as H. G. Wells, was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau. He was a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and produced works in many different genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. He was also an outspoken socialist. His later works become increasingly political and didactic, and only his early science fiction novels are widely read today. Wells, along with Hugo Gernsback and Jules Verne, is sometimes referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction". Source: Wikipedia
Also available on Feed books for Wells: • The War of the Worlds (1898) • The Time Machine (1895) • The Invisible Man (1897) • The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) • Tales of Space and Time (1900) • A Modern Utopia (1905) • The Sleeper Awakes (1910) • The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth (1904) • The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost (1902) • The First Men in the Moon (1901)
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It was on the first day of the new year that the announcement was made, almost simultaneously from three observatories, that the motion of the planet Neptune, the outermost of all the planets that wheel about the sun, had become very erratic. Ogilvy had already called attention to a suspected retardation in its velocity in December. Such a piece of news was scarcely calculated to interest a world the greater portion of whose inhabitants were unaware of the existence of the planet Neptune, nor outside the astronomical profession did the subsequent discovery of a faint remote speck of light in the region of the perturbed planet cause any very great excitement. Scientific people, however, found the intelligence remarkable enough, even before it became known that the new body was rapidly growing larger and brighter, that its motion was quite different from the orderly progress of the planets, and that the deflection of Neptune and its satellite was becoming now of an unprecedented kind.

یکشنبه 3 مهر 1390

“The Fires Within” By “Arthur C. Clarke”


The Fires Within

Arthur C. Clarke



 First published in Fantasy, August 1947, as by ‘E. G. O’Brien’

 Collected in Reach for Tomorrow





    ‘This,’ said Karn smugly, ‘will interest you. Just take a look at it!’

 He pushed across the file he had been reading, and for the nth time I decided to ask for his transfer or, failing that, my own.

 ‘What’s it about?’ I said wearily.

 ‘It’s a long report from a Dr Matthews to the Minister of Science.’ He waved it in front of me. ‘Just read it!’

 Without much enthusiasm, I began to go through the file. A few minutes later I looked up and admitted grudgingly: ‘Maybe you’re right — this time.’ I didn’t speak again until I’d finished....


 My dear Minister (the letter began). As you requested, here is my special report on Professor Hancock’s experiments, which have had such unexpected and extraordinary results. I have not had time to cast it into a more orthodox form, but am sending you the dictation just as it stands.

 Since you have many matters engaging your attention, perhaps I should briefly summarise our dealings with Professor Hancock. Until 1955, the Professor held the Kelvin Chair of Electrical Engineering at Brendon University, from which he was granted indefinite leave of absence to carry out his researches. In these he was joined by the late Dr Clayton, sometime Chief Geologist to the Ministry of Fuel and Power. Their joint research was financed by grants from the Paul Fund and the Royal Society.

 The Professor hoped to develop sonar as a means of precise geological surveying. Sonar, as you will know, is the acoustic equivalent of radar, and although less familiar is older by some millions of years, since bats use it very effectively to detect insects and obstacles at night. Professor Hancock intended to send high-powered supersonic pulses into the ground and to build up from the returning echoes an image of what lay beneath. The picture would be displayed on a cathode ray tube and the whole system would be exactly analogous to the type of radar used in aircraft to show the ground through cloud.

 In 1957 the two scientists had achieved a partial success but had exhausted their funds. Early in 1958 they applied directly to the government for a block grant. Dr Clayton pointed out the immense value of a device which would enable us to take a kind of X-ray photo of the Earth’s crust, and the Minister of Fuel gave it his approval before passing on the application to us. At that time the report of the Bernal Committee had just been published and we were very anxious that deserving cases should be dealt with quickly to avoid further criticisms. I went to see the Professor at once and submitted a favourable report; the first payment of our grant (S/543A/68) was made a few days later. From that time I have been continually in touch with the research and have assisted to some extent with technical advice.

 

پنج‌شنبه 24 شهریور 1390

I, Robot BY Isaac Asimov

I, Robot

Isaac Asimov





TO JOHN W. CAMPBELL, JR, who Godfathered THE ROBOTS
The story entitled "Bobbie" was first published as "Strange Playfellow" in Super Science Stories. Copyright 1940 by Fictioneers, Inc.; copyright ® 1968 by Isaac Asimov.
The following stories were originally published in Astounding Science Fiction:
"Reason," copyright 1941 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.; copyright ® 1969 by Isaac Asimov.
"Liar!" copyright 1941 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.; copyright ® 1969 by Isaac Asimov.
"Runaround," copyright 1942 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.; copyright ®1970 by Isaac Asimov.
"Catch That Rabbit," copyright 1944 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.
"Escape," copyright 1945 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.
"Evidence," copyright 1946 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.
"Little Lost Robot," copyright 1947 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.
"The Evitable Conflict," copyright 1950 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.