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Murray Leinster 1896—1975

Murray Leinster

Murray Leinster was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published more than 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays. He began his career as a freelance writer before World War I but during and after he began appearing in pulp magazines, with his first science fiction story, The Runaway Skyscraper being published in Argosy.

Leinster is credited with the invention of parallel universe stories in his Sidewise in Time, in which his vision of extraordinary oscillations in time having had a long-term impact on other author’s and their writing, such as Isaac Asimov’s Living Space, The Red Queen’s Race, and The End of Eternity. Leinster’s novella First Contact is also credited as one of the first (if not the first) instances of a universal translator in science fiction.

Available eBooks


Creatures of the Abyss (1961)

Orejas de ellos, the things who listen, whispered the superstitious fishermen when the strange occurrences began off the Philippine coast. How else... read more »


Operation: Outer Space (1954)

A terrifying darkness engulfed the sky while on the horizon a fire flood consumed the mountain! The ship swayed again. Flying creatures darted back and... read more »


Space Platform (1953)

Space Platform tells of man's first step into outer space ... of the difficulties and dangers of reaching for the stars. It is also an exciting... read more »


Space Tug (1953)

Joe had helped launch the first Space Platform--that initial rung in man's ladder to the stars. But the enemies who had ruthlessly tried to destroy the... read more »


The Aliens (1959)

What will happen when we first encounter sentient beings from outer space? In this action-packed account of first contact between the human denizens of... read more »


The Fifth-Dimension Tube (1933)

Settle in for a rollicking science-fiction adventure from golden-era star Murray Leinster. In The Fifth-Dimension Tube, a prominent scientist and his... read more »


The Forgotten Planet (1954)

Beneath dense gray clouds through which no sun shone lay a forgotten planet. It was a nightmare world of grotesque and terrifying animal-plant life... read more »


Machine That Saved The World (1957)

They were broadcasts from nowhere -- sinister emanations flooding in from space -- smashing any receiver that picked them up. What possible defence... read more »


The Pirates of Ersatz (1959)

Protagonist Bran Hoddan wants nothing more for himself than to be free of the taint of criminal activity that has long besmirched his clan. His plans... read more »


The Runaway Skyscraper (1919)

"I don't know how I'm going to say it so you'll understand, but time is just as much a dimension as length and breadth." He frowned. He wanted to talk... read more »


The Wailing Asteroid (1960)

There was no life on the asteroid, but the miles of rock-hewn corridors through which the earth party wandered left no doubt about the purpose of the... read more »