Ray Cummings was an American author of science fiction, rated one of the "founding fathers of the science fiction pulp genre".
"There's a disease in our times. A cultural disease you might call the Great Gray Plague. It is a disease which premises that safety, security, and effectiveness in dealing with the world may be obtained by agreement with the highest existing Authority.
In the near future from a 1950’s perspective, the first space station, in orbit around the Earth, gets knocked out of orbit due to pilot miscalculation. The subsequent disaster, with shuttle and space station crash landing near San Francisco, creates a public furor calling for the end of the space program. General Oglethorpe, the earth side base commander in charge of the space program, recruits Dr. Paul Medick, an expert in psychology and psychometrics, to head a new project: to eliminate human error. Oglethorpe is certain that men can be made to be more mechanical, operating with the same reliability of the machines which they operate.
A man will always be willing to buy something he wants, and believes in, even if it is impossible, rather than something he believes is impossible.
To escape from Mars, all Clayton had to do was the impossible. Break out of a crack-proof exile camp—get onto a ship that couldn't be boarded—smash through an impenetrable wall of steel. Perhaps he could do all these things, but he discovered that Mars did evil things to men; that he wasn't even Clayton any more. He was only—WANT you to put me in prison!" the big, hairy man said in a trembling voice. "But it isn't fair! The most I'd have got on that frame-up would've been ten years. I've been here fifteen already!"
"The Destroyers" by Randall Garrett. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre.
The Asses of Balaam is presented here in a high quality paperback edition.
Dr. Joachim sat in the small room behind his reception hall and held his fingers poised above the keys of the rather creaky electrotyper on his desk.
Mr. Terrence Elshawe did not conform to the mental picture that pops into the average person's mind when he hears the words "news reporter.
Cat and Mouse is presented here in a high quality paperback edition.
Short stories of crime and mystery involving Dr. Thorndyke, the "Scientific Investigator." This also happens to be the book where Austin Freeman claimed to have created the inverted detective story or "howcatchem
The Circuit Riders is presented here in a high quality paperback edition.
Buck Rogers Creator's Greatest Novel! Move over Edgar Rice Burroughs. Give it up John Carter! In this classic pulp novel from the 1930s Amazing Stories, by Philip Francs Nowlan, you'll meet Daniel Hanley, the astronaut whose crash landing on Mars places him in more trouble than John Carter ever dreamed of.
Fleet Captain Joshua Coffin leads a cast of characters fleeing an unforgiving and unyielding Earth, to settle a colony around a far-away star.