Islands of Space

  • by John W. Campbell
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies, Arcot, Wade, Morey, and Fuller could see below them, like a vast shining horizon, the mass of stars that formed their own island universe. Morey worked a moment with his slide rule, then said, "We made good time! Twenty-nine light years in ten seconds! Yet you had it on at only half power...."
Arcot pushed the control lever all the way to full power. The ship filled with the strain of flowing energy, and sparks snapped in the air of the control room as they raced at an inconceivable speed through the darkness of intergalactic space. But suddenly, far off to their left and far to their right, they saw two shining ships paralleling their course! They held grimly to the course of the Earth ship, bracketing it like an official guard. The Earth scientists stared at them in wonder. "Lord," muttered Morey, "where can they have come from?"

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Audible Editor Reviews

Science fiction author John W. Campbell was by most accounts an unpleasant man, but at least his enthusiasm for space travel is infectious. In Islands of Space, the listener enters a 22nd-century world of eccentric physicists, faster-than-light spaceships, interplanetary war, and weaponized heat beams.
Oliver Wyman has won numerous Best Voice awards in different genres, but he professes to a love for performing science fiction titles. He can vocalize the byzantine explanations of a mad scientist and the telepathic communications of aliens with the same aplomb. This versatile actor will take listeners to Venus and back, kinetically evoking the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

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Classic Early SciFi

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I could easily recommend this book to anyone used to scifi from from the pre-80's. Islands of Space being written in the 1950's is quite different and may not be for everyone.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Couldn't change it much since it is what it is, a bit of high adventure the way it was perceived in the years before man actually got into space.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was quite acceptable for the material.


Do you think Islands of Space needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really.


Any additional comments?

Islands of Space was a satisfying read but being from the same era of other books like the Lensman Series and the Skylark Series by E.E. "Doc" Smith it fell quite a bit short of the quality of the Doc Smith stories which are all available from Audible and which I HIGHLY recommend.

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- Roger

Not a bad listen

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Starts off a bit technical and boring, but it gets better


If you’ve listened to books by John W. Campbell before, how does this one compare?

Not as good as some of the others.


What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?

He is the best, I wish he read more books in Audible.


Did Islands of Space inspire you to do anything?

Nope


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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios