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Ray Cummings




Ray Cummings  (1887 – 1957) was an author of science fiction, rated one of the "founding fathers of the science fiction pulp genre".   Cummings worked with Thomas Edison as a personal assistant and technical writer from 1914 to 1919. His most highly regarded work was the novel The Girl in the Golden Atom published in 1922. [see below for audio]
He was one of the first science fiction authors used by Hugo Gernsback for his new science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.
His career resulted in some 750 novels and short stories, using also the pen names Ray King, Gabrielle Cummings, and Gabriel Wilson.
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1. The Girl in the Golden Atom - While examining a golden ring under a microscope, a chemist discovers a sub-atomic world. During his examination of this world he sees a beautiful young girl. After developing chemicals that will allow him to either shrink or grow larger in size, he and three friends journey to this small world.

2.  Brigands of the Moon - Gregg Haljan was aware that there was a certain danger in having the giant spaceship Planetara stop off at the moon to pick up Grantline’s special cargo of moon ore. For that rare metal — invaluable in keeping Earth’s technology running — was the target of many greedy eyes. But nevertheless he hadn’t figured on the special twist the clever Martian brigands would use. So when he found both the ship and himself suddenly in their hands, he knew that there was only one way in which he could hope to save that cargo and his own secret — that would be by turning space-pirate himself and paying the Brigands of the Moon back in their own interplanetary coin. 

3a.  Jetta of the Lowlands - (Only Chapters 1 thru Chap 7) -  by Ray Cummings  (Starts with story # 4)  from Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930 
Fantastic and Sinister Are the Remote Lowlands into which Philip Grant descends on his dangerous assignment in an Invisible Flyer.  He becomes a Prisoner of a Scientific Depth Bandit. 

3b.  Jetta of the Lowlands (All 19 Chapters)- Fantastic and Sinister Are the Lowlands into Which Philip Grant Descends on His Dangerous Assignment.

4.  The World Beyond - Out of nowhere came these grim, cold, black-clad men, to kidnap three Earth people (Lee Anthony and his friends) and carry them to a weird and terrible world where a man could be a giant at will. 

5.  Phantoms of Reality - Red Sensua's knife came up dripping—and the two adventurers knew that chaos and bloody revolution had been unleashed in that shadowy kingdom of the fourth dimension.

6. The Fire People (Audio) - In effect Professor Newland declared that the curious astronomical phenomena of the previous November--the new "stars" observed, the two meteors that had fallen with their red and green light-fire--were all evidence of the existence of intelligent life on the planet Mercury.  
Print Version of The Fire People below

7.  Wandl the Invader - There were nine major planets in the Solar System and it was within their boundaries that man first set up interplanetary commerce and began trading with the ancient Martian civilization. And then they discovered a tenth planet--a maverick! This tenth world, if it had an orbit, had a strange one, for it was heading inwards from interstellar space, heading close to the Earth-Mars spaceways, upsetting astronautic calculations and raising turmoil on the two inhabited worlds. But even so none suspected then just how much trouble this new world would make. For it was WANDL THE INVADER and it was no barren planetoid. It was a manned world, manned by minds and monsters and traveling into our system with a purpose beyond that of astronomical accident!

8.  Tarrano the Conqueror - In year 2430, terror spreads when assassins strike down Earth's three major leaders at once. Were the treacherous Venusians behind the crime? Yet the leader of Venus Central State falls, too -- then the leader of Mars. Who is the Tarrano mentioned in the desperate warning? 
In this fast-paced pulp classic, Jac Hallen of Inter-Allied News responds to an urgent message from his friend, brilliant scientist Dr. Brende. Hallen and Brende's beautiful daughter Eliza find themselves rushing to the North Pole -- into the clutches of Tarrano himself -- and then into the depths of interplanetary space!
This novel was more a political thriller than a sci-fi, though, and since it was written in the 1930s, it foreshadowed what was going on in Germany, and I am not the only one who saw quite a bit of Hitler in Tarrano. A wonderful read for anyone, even those who are not too fond of sci-fi. Cummings was a great writer. 

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THE FIRE PEOPLE  was originally serialized in 5 parts in All-Story Weekly Magazine  (Oct 21 thru Nov 18, 1922).  This file only contains the complete text of “The Fire People.”  There are no other stories from All-Story Magazine.  This is not an audio.

This is how the invasion from Mercury began.  The farmer saw a huge fire burning near the center of his field. “It was circular in form and about thirty feet in diameter. He was astonished to see it there, but what surprised him more was its peculiar aspect.”  A glow began to emanate from it.  The thing was later to be called the "Mercutian Light".  And whatever entered the light was destroyed. The fate of the Earth was in the hands of Bob Trevor, a newspaperman, Professor Newland, and others. Would the Earth be saved from the invaders from Mercury? 

Is this story similar to H G Wells’ War of the Worlds?  Read it to find out.

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