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Incredible Science Fiction: Amazing Tales from the 50's and Beyond, Volume Two collates a collection of some of the very best science-fiction stories published in the '50s together. All these stories (with the exception of The Anatomy of Fear) are now in the public domain and were original published in various science-fiction magazines that were very popular in the 1950s. This is a lovingly curated collection of some of the very best stories published during this time. This collection includes a further story from the Hugo Award-nominated Rog Phillips. It also includes an original story by the curator and editor of this collection: Andrew G. Gibson.

©2020 Andrew Gibson (P)2020 Andrew Gibson

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"I thought you spaced yourself."

Andrew Gibson both curates and narrates a selection of thirteen science fiction short stories from the past,f including one of his own. All are interesting, or curious, and sufficiently substantial to allow the reader time to become involved. They are as follows:

i). Rog.Philips: Ye of little faith
Ii) Frederick Pohl: The tunnel under the Earth
iii) Katherine Maclean: Contagion
iv) Fritz Leiber: A hitch in space
v) Alan E Nourse: Brightside Crossing
vi) Harry Neal: Little Boy
vii) Michael Shaara: Rainer
viii) Robert Sheckley: Proof of the Pudding
ix) William Tenn: Of all possible Worlds
X) James Blick: To pay the Piper
xi) Andrew G.Gibson: The Anatomy of Fear
xii) Damon Knight: Worshippers
xiii) Rog.Phillips: The Gallery.

My personal favourite is the last one, The Gallery, as much because of the delicious guest narration by Andrew Gibson's brother, James. He twists himself into the story perfectly balancing an emotional joy with each sentence and fine individual voicing for every character. Indeed, it is a pity that James does not narrate all of the stories as several are less than showcased by Andrew Gibson's rather uneventful reading which tends to meld into a mono level despite being otherwise well read. In addition there are occasional editing glitches where brief repetitions occur. The listener's attention can easily wander, something definitely not possible with The Gallery performance. And this is unfortunate as each story is vibrantly now, despite sometimes being decades old.

My thanks to the rights holder of this excellent collection of recovered little gems of science fiction, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Well worth reading for the very last story alone, although all have unique twists and a very personal approach. Fine writing. Recommended.

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Best collection of Sci-Fi stories I've heard!

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of Incredible Science Fiction stories, ably narrated by the author – Andrew G Gibson. There’s something for every Sci-Fi lover here. And although some were written as far back as the 1950s, none of them appear dated in any way. Gibson provides an interesting Introduction to the book, and then a very useful prologue to each story, whetting your appetite for the potpourri of stories that follow - and you won’t be disappointed. Having a mathematics background, ‘Ye of Little Faith’ by Rog Phillips appealed to me right from the start. This story represents the gold standard of not just Sci-Fi, but creative writing in general.

After that, we go straight into another wonderful story – ‘The Tunnel Under the World’ by Frederick Pohl. Loved it straight way – the sort of fiction I would like to write. Other standout stories for me were: ‘Little Boy’ by Jerome Bixby; Wainer by Michael Shaara (a beautiful story which absorbs you from the first sentence to the last); ‘Of all Possible Worlds (Michael Tenn); The Worshippers by Damon Knight; and Gibson’s own story, ‘Anatomy of Fear’, which fits in seamlessly with the other great writers in this collection. All in all, this is certainly the best anthology of Sci-Fi stories I have listened to.

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  • Shawna
  • 13-10-20

Good short stories

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a good collection of short stories from the 50s and 60s.
The narration was not terrible but it was not the best that I have ever heard.

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  • mike s.
  • 30-09-20

Bringing classis stories to new readers

A hodge podge of stories, varying in quality. I liked the narrator, but there were minor issues. A few spots repeated the same words of narration and there was something a degree or two off. May be the microphone, maybe the room where the book was recorded. They were small issues, but I want the author/narrator to be aware. A worthwhile thing, bringing these old stories to new listeners.

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  • norman
  • 11-09-20

Clever Classic Science Fiction

I enjoyed these intriguing and clever tales of Science Fiction. These entertaining stories are mainly from the 1950s, but none are dated. I thought the narration my was excellent, but a few repetitions needed to be edited out.

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  • Rayc
  • 25-10-20

Fantastic collection of past sci-fi

A superb collection of short sci-fi stories from decades past.
I absolutely loved them all.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.

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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 09-10-20

Short Stories by Science Fiction's Big Names

As was typical of '50s and '60s Science Fiction, many of these stories were much more about science than people and I found several of them quite dry. There are some great moments though, several stories with surprise endings I loved.
All in all, it's a good collection that reacquainted me with authors whose contribution to the genre is unquestioned and it's a perfect introduction for new SF fans looking to find explore the roots of the genre.
An enjoyable collection of stories well read by the editor.

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  • cosmitron
  • 15-09-20

Great assortment of Science Fiction Classics

Those Oldies are Goodies and so is this Audio book.Go Download an assortment of mostly good stories with real characters crafted to perfection.



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