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Lost Worlds: The Ultimate Anthology: 40 Classic Tales :

Long before Indiana Jones…

The ‘Lost World’ or ‘Lost Race’ genre was one of the most popular genres of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This Masterworks of Adventure anthology is a collection of 40 tales considered to be among the best and most influential works. We started with 333: A Bibliography of the Science-Fantasy Novel, by Crawford, Donahue and Grant (1953), which lists the best works published before 1950, then cross-referenced them with Science-fiction, the Early Years by Everett Franklin Bleiler, Stuart Teitler’s By the World Forgot: Towards a Bibliography of Lost Race Fiction from 1800, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s Lost Race Checklist, the ultimate checklist for collectors.

You’ll find stories told in a variety of styles: travelogues, boy’s adventure, romantic adventure, philosophical adventure and pulp fiction. Some have been made available for Kindle for the very first time and are exclusive to ROH Press.

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Atlantis and Lemuria: 13 Classic Tales :

“Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, but there occurred violent earthquakes and floods, and in a single day and night it disappeared into the depths of the sea.” ~ Plato, Timaeus & Critias

Atlantis tales were one of the most popular Lost World sub-genres of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You could argue that it’s still the most popular Lost World sub-genre today. Plato’s tale of a sunken world has spawned countless books, films and TV shows. The survivors of that sunken continent appeared to have scattered to every corner of the globe, founding new civilizations on every continent, in isolated jungles, underground, or beneath the waves.

This Masterworks of Adventure anthology is a collection of 13 tales considered to be among the best and most influential works.

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Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
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Englishman Peter Blood, a noble doctor who was imprisoned for attending to a wounded rebel, narrowly escapes the hanging during the turbulent reign of James II.

Blood, who was given a ten-year sentence of servitude on a Barbados plantation, escapes from captivity and courageously begins a career as a pirate, never losing sight of his objectives to clear his record and go back to England.

Sabatini is an exhilarating story of piracy on a grand scale, enhanced by breath-taking naval manoeuvres, narrow escapes, and broadside strikes.

Captain Blood, a swashbuckling classic that brims with looted wealth and maritime adventure, immediately rose to the top of the bestseller list after it was originally released in 1922.

3 books :

Captain Blood

Captain Blood Returns : The Chronicles of Captain Blood

The Fortunes of Captain Blood

Scaramouche

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Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution by Rafael Sabatini is a historical novel set during the tumultuous period of the French Revolution.

The story follows the adventures of André-Louis Moreau, a young lawyer and fencing master. After a personal tragedy, André-Louis becomes embroiled in the revolutionary fervor and assumes the identity of Scaramouche, a roguish and quick-witted character.

As he navigates the political upheavals of the time, André-Louis becomes a key player in the revolutionary events, encountering love, betrayal, and the complexities of justice.

The novel skillfully blends historical events with swashbuckling action, providing a thrilling and engaging tale against the backdrop of one of history’s most dramatic periods.

sequel : Scaramouche the King-Maker

Alas, Babylon

Alas, Babylon
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“An extraordinary real picture of human beings numbed by catastrophe but still driven by the unconquerable determination of living creatures to keep on being alive.” —The New Yorker

The classic apocalyptic novel by Pat Frank, first published in 1959 at the height of the Cold War, with an introduction by award-winning science fiction writer and scientist David Brin.

“Alas, Babylon.” Those fateful words heralded the end. When the unthinkable nightmare of nuclear holocaust ravaged the United States, it was instant death for tens of millions of people; for survivors, it was a nightmare of hunger, sickness, and brutality. Overnight, a thousand years of civilization were stripped away.

But for one small Florida town, miraculously spared against all the odds, the struggle was only just beginning, as the isolated survivors—men and women of all ages and races—found the courage to come together and confront the harrowing darkness.

Double Star

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Many of Heinlein’s fans consider the novels he wrote in the fifties amongst the author’s strongest work; when he was at the peak of his talents. Double Star is considered by many to be the finest of his titles. Brian Aldiss called it his “most enjoyable novel.”
Whether it is the simplicity of a lively tale, the complexity of the situation, or the depth of characterization, the book has developed a loyal following. It also won Heinlein his first Hugo.

The story revolves around Lawrence Smith—also known as “Lorenzo the Great”—a down-and-out actor wasting the remainder of his life in bars.

When he encounters a space-pilot who offers him a drink, before he knows what is going on, he is on Mars involved in a deep conspiracy with global consequences. He is given a mission where failure would not only mean his own death, it would almost certainly mean an all-out planetary war.

“Heinlein’s novels of the 1940s and 50s shaped every single science fiction writer of my generation and everyone currently writing science fiction. Or making science fiction movies … and Double Star is an excellent example of all the reasons why.”—Connie Willis

The Stars, Like Dust (Galactic Empire) by Isaac Asimov

The Stars, Like Dust (Galactic Empire) by Isaac Asimov
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The first book in the Galactic Empire series, the spectacular precursor to the classic Foundation series, by one of history’s most influential writers of science fiction, Isaac Asimov

His name was Biron Farrill and he was a student at the University of Earth. A native of one of the helpless Nebular Kingdoms, he saw his home world conquered and controlled by the planet Tyrann—a ruthless, barbaric Empire that was building a dynasty of cruelty and domination among the stars.

Farrill’s own father had been executed for trying to resist the Tyrann dictatorship and now someone was trying to kill Biron. But why?

His only hope for survival lay in fleeing Earth and joining the rebellion that was rumored to be forming somewhere in the Kingdoms. But once he cast his lot with the freedom fighters, he would find himself guarding against treachery on every side and facing the most difficult choice of all: to betray either the woman he loved or the revolution that was the last hope for the future.

Against the Fall of Night/The City and the Stars +Sequel

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Against the Fall of Night was first published in the magazine Startling Stories in 1948 before being revised and expanded as a novel in 1953 and later completely rewrite by Clarke as  The City and the Stars however Against the Fall of Night remained popular enough to stay in print after that.

In 1990 Gregory Benford published with Clarke’s approval Beyond the Fall of Night a sequel to Against the Fall of Night

The renowned science fiction author’s landmark novel of the last human born on a far future world—and his quest for the truth about existence.

Living in the ten-billion-year-old city of Diaspar, Alvin is the last child born of humanity, and he is intensely curious about the outside world. But according to the oldest histories kept by the city fathers, there is no outside world—it was destroyed by the Invaders millions of years ago.

One day, Alvin finds a rock with an inscription seemingly meant for him: “There is a better way. Give my greetings to the Keeper of the Records. Alaine of Lyndar.” This cryptic message takes Alvin on a quest to discover humanity’s true past—and its future.

Against the Fall of Night

The City and the Stars

Beyond the Fall of Night

 

The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition
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Mario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenonnominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.

A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.
50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
With a Note from Anthony Puzo and an Afterword by Robert J. Thompson

The Classic Fantasy Collection

The Classic Fantasy Collection
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Epic romances, fearsome dragons and alien worlds lie between the pages of this volume. Containing more than 35 stories from the early masters of fantasy literature, the narratives here transport the reader to alternate worlds where magic abounds, cosmic terrors lie around the corner and intrepid heroes fight for justice.

Drawing inspiration from Norse, Japanese and Chinese mythology as well as from traditional fairytales and modern fears, the authors collected here span the breadth of the genre. Including tales from William Morris, H. G. Wells, Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft amongst others, they demonstrate the plethora of imaginative literature that was written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of these tales were foundational works, bringing ideas of the supernatural into the mainstream, and through their efforts creating entirely new genres.

Before Tolkien, there were many writers embracing the realm of fantastic fiction. The man responsible for its origin was George MacDonald (1824-1905), a Calvinist minister and Celtic scholar, who wrote the first true fantasy novel. He was followed by a number of imaginative successors at the end of the 19th century, including H. G. Wells, Arthur Machen, and Ernest Bramah. After the end of World War I, the pulp magazines opened up the genre to a new generation of writers – particularly H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard – who provided exciting, magical and horrifying tales that fascinated a multitude of readers. By the outbreak of World War II, the outlines of the fantasy genre had been sketched out by these pioneers, and an entirely new type of fiction had been created.

This collection includes stories by:
Robert E. Howard
H. P. Lovecraft
G. G. Pendarves
H. G. Wells
William Morris
Lafcadio Hearn
Abraham Merritt
Arthur Machen
Ernest Bramah
Robert W. Chambers
George MacDonald

The Continental Op: complete Classic of the greatest characters in storied history of detective fiction

Before Sam Spade, before Philip Marlowe, before Mike Hammer, before Lew Archer, and before nearly every hard-boiled detective in mystery fiction, there was the Continental Op.

Who was he? No one knows, since Dashiell Hammett never gives his name. Through these two dozen stories we see the Op solve crimes, usually murder, while being shot at, assaulted, and dishing out punishment better than he receives it.

This collection includes the very first Continental Op story, “Arson Plus”.

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