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These four books contain some of the greatest female protagonists in the history of fantasy literature. So great that the name of one---"She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed"---has entered the language. Atlantida, first published in 1920, introduces Atinea, the ageless queen of Atlantis who plates her expired lovers in gleaming metal for later display in her macabre museum. The immortal Ayesha of She of H. Rider Haggard's classic novel of high adventure has been depicted in three classic motion pictures---most notably by Ursula Andress. In The Metal Monster Abraham Merritt's Norhala of the Lightnings is the super-human empress of an empire of living metal. The Lost Continent features two remarkable women: Phorenice, the pitiless, beautiful ruler of a doomed continent, and Nais, a barbarian girl who doesn't hesitate to face a sabre-toothed tiger virtually weaponless...

All four books contain the complete texts of the original novels, along with specially created cover art and frontispieces.

The Bad Girls of Fantasy

This page features a special series of books dedicated to some of the greatest female protagonists of science fiction and fantasy...

 The Moon-Maker. An atomic-powered spaceship on a mission to divert an asteroid from an impending collision with earth might sound like an up-to-date SF scenario...unless the book was written in 1916!

Discoverer of the asteroid and passenger on the dangerous space mission is beautiful Rhoda Gibbs, an extraordinary woman 50 years ahead of her time.

Angel Island. When five shipwrecked sailors land on an island inhabited by five beautiful winged women, it seems like paradise. That is, until the men feel compelled to bring the angels to earth...

A classic of feminist science fiction by Inez Haynes Gillmore, Angel Island was originally published in 1914.

FIREBRANDS: The Great Heroines of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Green Mansions. When Abel, a stranger from Europe, visits the deep Amazonian jungle, he discovers Rima, the mysterious "Bird Girl". W.H. Hudson's novel is justly famed for the poetic, mystical and other-worldly feelings it evokes in its description of the rainforest and its denizens---and the mysterious girl who seems to embody its spirit.

Originally published in 1904.


The Diamond Lens. Fitz-James O'Brien's little classic (less than 40 pages)  is one of the earliest American science fiction stories. It tells of a scientist so obsessed with his research that he stops at nothing---deception, theft and even murder---to achieve his ends. He ultimately succeeds, but at price even he never anticipated.

Originally published in 1858.