For this piece I picked out 6 science fiction novels ( based on their covers), read them, glued the pages together, and wrote my own summaries of the stories. After all of that, I created an image to put over the books, which expresses, more or less, my fear that the future could be a pretty terrifying place.
Some of my favorite parts of some of the stories:
The House The Stood Still: The house had bricks that kept people young. It was built by an alien robot that crash-landed in America in the Aztec time.The immortals want to abandon Earth, taking the bricks from the House with them, to keep them young. The beautiful immortal woman wants to defend Earth, and attack Mars first. The lawyer has several nice nights with the beautiful lady after rescuing her, but is abandoned by her in her spaceship apartment when he refuses to bomb the Mars factories.
The Secret of the Sunless World: When a man gets the first alien disease ever, in exchange for treatment by a giant spider shaped doctor, he must try to recover an alien female archeologist and some precious relics from the space pirates. Against his will, he receives a super cure to the disease that gives him enhanced night vision and the ability to see radiation. He uses that to find a mountain that has a hidden cache of ancient alien relics, including a space ship of incredible lost technology. This spaceship whisks him, some primitive peaceful native aliens, a space pirate, and the female archeologist away just as the planet is being invaded by ruthless barbarian aliens.
The Doomsday Planet is a world on the edge of extinction. A spaceship full of vacationers is pulled towards it by an irresistible, throbbing, heartbeat. The heartbeat drives some people mad, makes people love each other, and other people sick. Most of the worlds occupants are sleeping in vaults underneath the ground, lulled into unconsciousness by the throbbing heartbeat. The beautiful queen tells him not to worry that the planet is about to collide with another planet, that things will be OK. The throbbing noise is meant to keep people calm, so that the transition to the new order will go more smoothly. She teaches him telepathy and he trusts her. The worlds collide; everyone falls asleep and wakes up to a new world. He finds his wife, the sad scientist falls for the beautiful queen, and everyone gets married. He decides to stay on the world and perfect his newfound telepathy skills.
Enslaved Brains is the story of a man who was lost in the jungle for 40 years, and returns to find a changed world. It is clean, efficient, and controlled- which provokes the savage in him. His cousin’s beautiful daughter is voluntarily put into a coma, to avoid a forced marriage to the evil scientist. He discovers that his sister’s brain resides in eternal torment, after her death, running a food-processing machine. He is driven to become an intense revolutionary, joins the secret society, and uses jungle acid to release the brains, killing, but freeing them. They overthrow the government and rescue, at the final moment, the girl from the clutches of the evil scientist.