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(1921) Mystery (Detective) / Short story (magazine)




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Sherlock Holmes must find a valuable stolen yellow jewel, Mazarin Stone.
He employs some old tricks to overcome a mew foe.
This time it is not Colonel Sebastian Moran with his air rifle, but Count Sylvius with his.
Once again we have the fake likeness in the window.
Once again we have the closed room with Victrola playing violin music as a ruse.
Will these ploys, be able to find the jewel and once again save Holmes life.

Originally published Strand Magazine London, October 1921; Hearst's International Magazine, New York, November 1921.
01/02/2014
(1926) Sci-fi ( Parallel worlds ) / Intrigue / Short story


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Where is Planetoid 127? It\'s somewhere out there, not in the Asteroid Belt or the Kuiper Belt, but in another galaxy.
Has contact been made with life on another planet?
Think of the possibilities: scientific and maybe financial.
Some people might do anything to have the information.
A young man must take over the research where the dead professor left off? Can he? Should he?

11/02/2013
(1893) Humor


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Uncle Jeremiah is taking the family to the 'World's Columbian Exposition' of 1893 in Chicago.
Uncle J. wants to enlighten himself and his family about the world outside farm life.
But, it quickly becomes evident that he is the typical hick in the big city, to everyone..
Several of the actual exhibits are mention, but described from the viewpoint of the uneducated .
He finds friends and foes, wonders and disenchantment.
It's overwhelming and it's back to the farm life for him.

08/30/2013