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Publisher's 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 reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Robert Silverberg (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lance on 06-07-18

CHAPTER LIST to Help Find Stories

Here’s a CHAPTER LIST to help find stories.
I wish that Audible would do this for books of short stories, essays, and poems.
Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. One
Edited by Robert Silverberg
—-- Contents by Audible Chapter —-
01: Introduction: Robert Silverberg
02: A MARTIAN ODYSSEY, Stanley G. Weinbaum
03: TWILIGHT, John W. Campbell
04: HELEN O'LOY, Lester del Rey
05–06: THE ROADS MUST ROLL, Robert A. Heinlein
07–08: MICROCOSMIC GOD, Theodore Sturgeon
09–10: NIGHTFALL, Isaac Asimov
11–12: THE WEAPON SHOP, A. E. van Vogt
13–14: MIMSY WERE THE BOROGOVES, Lewis Padgett
15: HUDDLING PLACE, Clifford D. Simak
16: ARENA, Fredric Brown
17–21: FIRST CONTACT, Murray Leinster
22: THAT ONLY A MOTHER, Judith Merfil
23–28: SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN, Cordwainer Smith
29: MARS IS HEAVEN, Ray Bradbury
30–31: THE LITTLE BLACK BAG. C. M. Kornbluth
32: BORN OF MAN AND WOMAN, Richard Matheson
34: THE QUEST FOR SAINT AQUIN, Anthony Boucher
35–40: SURFACE TENSION, James Blish
42: IT'S A GOOD LIFE, Jerome Bixby
44: FONDLY FAHRENHEIT, Alfred Bester
46–47: FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, Daniel Keyes
48–51: A ROSE FOR ECCLESIASTES, Roger Zelazny

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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By nathan on 01-28-18

A great primer for SF history

A great foundation for modern sci-fi. Some stories were truly awesome in scope of imagination while others were a tad weaker. but all in all, a very good mix of styles and topics. I think both those beginning to read sci-fi and literary veterans will equally enjoy it.

At times the readings suffered from antiquated ideas and speech patterns but that's trifling over small things. Two example were how many times I heard the term "atomic" or flawed ideas about space from stories prior to our development of space travel, but I was never driven mad by it either.

One really nice thing was the absence of graphic sex, gore, and strong cursing. I would not say kid friendly but fairly tween friendly if you feel they are ready for the intellectual challenge that these stories will bring.

Loved the variety of stories. No one story wore you out because of their shorter nature. From stories that were ahead of their time socially, one that showed years ago what would happen in a world ruled by SJW's, to attitudes that seemed like AMC's "Mad Men" with rockets!

No topic was safe either. Gender, religion, what it was to be human along with all it's glory and failings were there too. So stop reading this and buy the book already. If you've read this much then I know you'll love it. So get in your rocket, crank up that artificial gravity, n' fire up the atomic motors! Were going to the FUTURE!!!

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2 out of 5 stars
By R. Mcintyre on 05-29-18

Klunky to the point of uselessness.

I ordered this and its sequel volume on the presumption that Audible had bothered themselves to format it in some way. They haven't. As a result you've no idea what's on the file. it's a total of 43 hours of continuous speech, and labled "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2" etc.

You've not a clue what's what's playing and what might be next, and they haven't even included text to help you sort it out. As a result, although the content is great, your chances of finding (or even knowing about) a given story are negligible

Can't recommend for any purpose.

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42 of 46 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By KiLLiNG-TiME on 07-06-18

Listerners will find more here than they expect.

Excellent, these are some very poinate stories from the past but they wont feel old once read, thus is the beautie of science fiction.

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