Anon., Fatherless Fanny. A sweet young girl whose origins are shrouded in mystery finds danger, humor, and romance in Regency England. 10 hrs, 28 min.
Anon., The Romance of Morien. (Prose translation by Jessie Weston.) A young black man in shining armor quests for his long-lost father through Arthurian Britain.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, Feb. 1930. Not a novel, I know. Still, if you want hours and hours of old science fiction, this is the collection for you. 🙂
David Belasco, The Girl of the Golden West. Once upon a time in the Gold Rush, there was a girl from a mining camp, the Californio bandit she loved, and the cold-hearted Sheriff who wanted them both in his power.
J.F. Bone, The Lani People. In the far future, a veterinarian fresh out of school is hired to care for a herd of valuable alien livestock. But why so much money, in a place so far off the beaten track? There must be a catch to it….
John W. Campbell, Jr., The Ultimate Weapon. As the Solar System is invaded by desperate aliens, equally desperate human scientists try to develop advanced enough weapons to save the human race.
Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. During World War II, a young officer named Hastings on medical leave goes to visit friends at a country house, and finds himself in the midst of a baffling crime. Luckily, help is near, in the form of a Belgian refugee — an ex-police detective named Poirot. 8 hrs, 8 min.
E.R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros. In a strange and lovely world, a wrestling match will determine the fate of a nation, unscaleable mountains can be conquered by stubbornness and hippogriffs, a great explorer sides with the underdog and becomes a constant traitor, a young minx vamps an evil wizard, and heroes can win their hearts’ desire. This classic fantasy influenced Tolkien and Lewis, but is unlike anything you’ve ever read. 22 hrs.
John Meade Falkner, The Nebuly Coat. Cullerne, once a prosperous Dorset seaport, is now a tiny town in the middle of marshy nowhere. Its huge old church badly needs restoration, and a young architect named Arthur Westray is sent by his firm to handle the job. But sleepy Cullerne is full of old secrets and mysteries; and everywhere he looks, he sees the Blandamers’ coat of arms — the Nebuly Coat. 14 hrs, 38 min.
Homer Eon Flint, The Devolutionist. A group of explorers find their way to a faraway planet where rich and poor live in separate worlds — literally! 3 hrs, 50 min.
R. Austin Freeman, The Red Thumb-Mark: Who doesn’t love a forensic mystery? Long before CSI, Dr. Thorndyke was that genre. What’s more, he’s not just a medical doctor of scientific bent. He’s a barrister, too! With lots of labwork and lawyering — not to mention love stories — you’re sure to find some Edwardian London fun. 8 hrs, 3 min.
The Eye of Osiris adds Egyptian mummies and vanishing tattooed archaeologists. 11 hrs, 6 min.
Randall Garrett and Laurence M. Janifer (both as “Mark Phillips”), Brain Twister. An FBI agent must hunt down a mindreader while hampered by a hangover, overzealous nursing homes, and an unstable boss. That’s bad enough. Then he finds his telepath — and his real troubles begin…. 6 hrs.
O. Henry, Cabbages and Kings. Welcome to Coralio, a pleasant South American coastal town. Heading for it is President Miraflores, who has abandoned his job but brought along an opera singer and a good chunk of his nation’s treasury. A motley crew of expatriates and locals is waiting for him, and so is his strange fate. 6 hrs, 58 min.
Laurence M. Janifer and Randall Garrett (both as “Mark Phillips”), Brain Twister. An FBI agent must hunt down a mindreader while hampered by a hangover, overzealous nursing homes, and an unstable boss. That’s bad enough. Then he finds his telepath — and his real troubles begin…. 6 hrs.
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. (Part 1 and Part 2.) Randolph Carter is an experienced dreamer who knows the ins and outs of Earth’s dreamland, from nightmare to daydream. When he repeatedly dreams of a mysterious sunset city of his heart’s desire, the gods of dream seem to take it amiss. But Carter won’t take no for an answer — not even if he has to travel to unknown Kadath to plead his case.
A. Merritt, The Moon Pool. (Part 1 and Part 2.) Fantasy and horror in the South Seas, as scientists are caught up in a web of mysterious events! This 1919 classic has influenced many writers and filmmakers, including the creators of the tv show Lost and the roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons.
Andre Norton, Star Hunter. Vye Lansor used to be a star pilot — till the company punished him just for doing his job. Now he’s thought up the perfect scheme for revenge, using an old shipwreck on a remote hunting planet. All he needs is a boy to brainwash… But the kid and the planet both have plans of their own! 4 hrs.
H. Beam Piper, Little Fuzzy. The planet Zarathustra is going through a dry spell, so land-prawns, ecologists, and scared bureaucrats are coming out of the woodwork. But there’s more trouble to come — from the cutest little alien critter you’ve ever seen: Little Fuzzy. 6 hrs, 56 min.
Victor Rousseau (aka Victor Rousseau Emanuel), The Beetle Horde, as serialized in full in the January and February 1930 issues of Astounding Stories of Super-Science. Heroic young explorers! Science! A horde of beetles! What else do you need to know?
James H. Schmitz, Legacy. Strange ancient machines of vast power have been discovered. Ruthless attempts to control them begin. Governments, industries, and universities claw for jurisdiction, and scientists fight for discoveries and status. But Trigger Argee just wants to go home and see her boyfriend. Too bad she’s got all this mess to sort out first…. 10 hrs, 54 min.
R.S. Surtees, Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour. Ah, Mr. Sponge — foxhunter, fortune-hunter, and decidedly not a gentleman. But he makes a fun traveling companion as he mooches his way through post-Regency England from one hospitable house to the next.
Stanley G. Weinbaum, Dawn of Flame. After a worldwide plague breaks civilization, Joaquin Smith and his sister build an empire up the Mississippi Valley. Who would be brave or foolish enough to stand in their way? Who but a young backwoodsman named Hull Tarvish? 2 hrs, 55 min.