When today's top science fiction and fantasy authors were looking for inspiration, they turned to the classics. And we continue reading those same books (year after year) because they stand the test of time.
Every month, we’re bringing you a selection of must-read, sci-fi and fantasy classics that you can download for free. From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne's underwater adventure story that was way ahead of its time, to Mary Shelley's classic monster story Frankenstein, there's never been a better time to expand your digital bookshelf.
In addition to these classics, we'll update this article with other free sci-fi and fantasy books by up-and-coming authors throughout the month. (This article was last updated on 5/1/17. Prices may have changed since then.)
Although these books are free for one month only, check back next month for a new list of out-of-this-world free ebooks.
The Invisible Man
H.G. Wells’ classic tale tells the story of Griffin, a brilliant scientist whose new invention worked too well: Rendering him invisible. With his lab destroyed by a fire, Griffin is forced to steal his way through the streets of London. And on a frigid night in an English village, he attempts one last time to return himself to normal…an effort that will drive him to the edge of madness.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
When a monster wreaks havoc in the Atlantic Ocean, the government sends a crew to kill the beast. But what they find is a submarine manned by Captain Nemo, a brilliant scientist who has isolated himself from society and seeks revenge on civilization. Way ahead of its time, the electrically powered submarine take Nemo and his new crew through many extraordinary underwater sites in this adventure.
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A Crystal Age
W.H. Hudson’s utopian novel, first published in 1887, follows Smith after he awakens in a new world—groggy and confused. As he searches for civilization, he stumbles upon a society where humans live with nature in peace. Learning the ways of his new life, and the consequences that ensue if he does not follow the rules, he falls in love with Yoletta—only to find that in this society, romantic love no longer exists.
This fantasy collection by Irish author Lord Dunsany greatly influenced famous authors of the genre, including J.R.R. Tolkein, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ursula K. Le Guin. First published in 1915, the significant collection touches on classic fantasy themes while telling the stories with satire, whimsy, and melancholy.
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Mary Shelley’s classic monster story has been terrifying readers since its creation during a weekend with Lord Byron and Mary's future husband, Percy Shelley. Written in epistolary form, Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created when he attempted to give life to non-living matter. The Creature, as he’s referred to, wreaks havoc on those around him—seeking revenge for being created as a hideous monster.
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