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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1, 1929-1964

By: Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg - editor
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, L. J. Ganser, Richard Ferrone
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Summary

The definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929 and 1964. 

This book contains 26 of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. 

The authors chosen for the Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans. 

In "The Roads Must Roll", Robert Heinlein describes an industrial civilization of the future caught up in the deadly flaws of its own complexity. "Country of the Kind", by Damon Knight, is a frightening portrayal of biological mutation. "Nightfall", by Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest stories in the science fiction field, is the story of a planet where the sun sets only once every millennium and is a chilling study in mass psychology. 

Originally published in 1970 to honor those writers and their stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Vol. One, was the book that introduced tens of thousands of young listeners to the wonders of science fiction. Too long unavailable, this new edition will treasured by all science fiction fans everywhere. 

This collection also includes an introduction by Robert Silverberg and stories by Stanley G. Weinbaum, John W. Campbell, Lester del Rey, Theodore Sturgeon, Lewis Padgett, Clifford D. Simak, Fredric Brown, Murray Leinster, Judith Merril, Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury, C. M. Kornbluth, Richard Matheson, Fritz Leiber, Anthony Boucher, James Blish, Arthur C. Clarke, Jerome Bixby, Tom Godwin, Alfred Bester, Daniel Keyes, and Roger Zelazny. 

The complete list of narrators includes Oliver Wyman, L. J. Ganser, Richard Ferrone, Pete Larkin, Graham Halstead, Eliza Foss, Fred Berman, Michael David Axtell, Michael Braun, Rick Adamson, Gabriel Sloyer, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Neil Hellegers, Mark Boyett, David Shih, Alex Bloch, Jeff Gurner, and Tom Burka.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2017 Robert Silverberg (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Audible, please add chapter headings....

...as this is currently unusable. Few people want to have to download a PDF before they can figure out what story they want to hear.

EDIT: Audible have added chapter headings, making navigation a breeze. Many thanks.

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Aged badly

For someone with some science knowledge, and who read a little bit of SF, stories were mostly boring and predictable. May be ok for kids, but any Star Trek episode beats any of these stories.

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Mind Expanding!

I always found Science Fiction literature difficult to get into. I tried to read the first book of Asimov’s Foundation series & Mute by Piers Anthony but after listing to Andy Weirs The Martian read by Will Wheaton, I thought I’d try again. I’m so glad I did.

The concepts, theories & imaginative ideas in these stories have made me think, laugh, cry & view our current perceived reality with new wonder.

The readers of each story really give life & empathy to whatever subject I’s being read. I’ll definitely be buying the other two volumes.
The future certainly is the undiscovered country.

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Superlative science fiction

Superlative science fiction engagingly read. A diverse collection of stories that are entertaining and thought prokoking. There are no duds and a lot of gems!

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a few diamonds in the rough

many of these stories are harrowing without much meaning or philosophy behind them that I could find. whilst there are some that are wonderful (e.g. Flowers for Algernon) most were a pain to get through. I can only assume the idea of a short science fiction every year is slight too restraining for every year to have something amazing.

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Brilliant production

These stories were part of my early adult years. It has been like a time machine listening to them, taking me back to the mid 1960's. The stories are clearly laid out (do not forget to down load the pdf) and the narrators are very, very good. Some stories have not worn as well as others but they are still worth listening to.

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Unexpected pleasure.

Having been "brainwashed" by the Special Effects of the late 20th century, it was WONDERFUL to immerse myself in the Pure Imagination of these Authors.
I am now looking for the next volume.

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WHY no chapter information??

A fabulous collection of stories but with no way of seeing what you are listening to, which story is which or who is reading what. Laziness Audible!

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Something missing...

I can't put my finger on why i really didn't enjoy this book! Some of the story's are good but because they start midway through, there difficult too follow. Not the most enjoyable book i have listened too.

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A good mix

Some insanely good books, a few maybe haven’t aged so well - or maybe I haven’t. Certainly worth a listen!

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