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Eleven essential classics in one volume

This last volume in the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964 contains 11 great classics. No anthology better captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field.

Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced thousands of young listeners to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

This volume contains the following:

  • Introduction by Ben Bova
  • The Martian Way by Isaac Asimov
  • Earthman, Come Home by James Blish
  • Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
  • The Spectre General by Theodore Cogswell
  • The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
  • The Midas Plague by Frederik Pohl
  • The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz
  • E for Effort by T. L. Sherred
  • In Hiding by Wilmar H. Shiras
  • The Big Front Yard by Clifford D. Simak
  • The Moon Moth by Jack Vance
©2008 Ben Bova (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • MikeFarr
  • 26-10-2018

Best SF audio book ever.

Anthologies are risky. Each story by a different author. Who can possibly like them all? You can! Each story in these three audiobook volumes is great. There is not a one that I did not love. Each was completely different from the other. The narrators are wonderful as well, you probably already know them.

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  • Zachary
  • 13-11-2018

Not as good as the other two

The previous two volumes are much better. There are hidden gems in here like E for Effort and The Martian Way, but most the other stories I had a hard time getting in to.

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  • Giavanna
  • 06-08-2018

AUDIO SPACE VACATION!

Science Fiction made easy! An audio future cast direct to the frontal lobe. No screen required. BEST STORY & BEST NARRATOR goes to Gabriel Sloyer's rendition of THE MARTIAN WAY. He invited me inside the cabin and I took my seat for a starry journey through the galaxy. I'm new to the genre but found his characterizations recognizable and a pleasure to hear. Of course Asimov's forecast of an eternal search for resources is so timely that why not cruise through space to locate a creative source from another planet! Listening to these stories I realized how rapidly the fiction aspect is dissolving into Science Non Fiction. A lot of fun here.

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  • Alex Donovan
  • 20-07-2020

This isn't science fiction. It's fortune telling.

I have been entertaining myself with "vintage" sci-fi for a few years now. I've noticed how people decades ago have shaped the future; either as facts, or by prepping future fiction. If you're a fan of science fiction from the 80's and later, do yourself a favor and look back further.

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  • E Kane
  • 04-10-2018

Few Lasers. Few epic space battles. Many complete yarns which explore human nature.

Fools who are often extremely poorly read & ignorant of history often dismiss science fiction, however in the 20th century has almost no Literary work which at the time it was written was not science fiction. Many of these tales if read today might be viewed as alternate history. I think however they should remain viewed and categorized as science fiction simply because this genre is the one in modern times that challenges not only the idea of mountains place in the universe but our philosophies are relationships with one another the constant of war, of poverty, Of duplicity, murder, rape, no other genre shows the smallness in the greatness of an individual.

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  • Moore Creative
  • 26-05-2020

The best of classic SF

Both volumes are phenomenal. His second collection includes some of the longer stories and includes ones that I have remembered reading in other collections in the past. Like the introduction says, many of these are ones that the science-fiction writer masters loved reading and remembered thinking about for a long time. I’ll join them and remembering these excellent stories

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  • John
  • 09-06-2019

Great Window into Recent History

Greatly enjoyed these stories. Science Fiction before space ships and space travel were common. Stories were developed from what was known or envisioned in current time. Certainly not a Space Opera but a succinct capture of the technology and mind sets of that time period. A very good collection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2019

Absolute Classic

It doesn't take long to recognize these stories from their impact on authors and story writers from contemporary times.

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  • Greg
  • 01-01-2021

Great Stories and Narration - Not Properly Sectioned

I’ve listened to all three books of the series enthusiastically. It’s a great collection of classic Sci-Fi. I had to drop the overall stars because of the laziness or just lack of care when putting together the audio book. Chapters are not named with individual authors. The publisher doesn’t bother to break it down into book parts (in this case individual stories) and then into sub chapters of those book parts which give much more control for selecting stories and when using sleep mode to listen to a full story at a time. The other editions at least had titles on the chapters.

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  • Rustin L. Haase
  • 14-12-2020

Lots of great classic science fiction.

it's wonderful to listen to the stories that were later used by television shows as a source of ideas.

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  • Michael
  • 30-09-2020

Excellent collection of stories

Volume 2B is back on par with volume 1, 2A is good but has a smaller number of stories that entirely sweep you away.

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  • Lindigo
  • 12-06-2020

Once started, I couldn’t put it down.

Each short story was gripping and I had to keep going to the next. I was amazed at how quickly I was emersed in each storyline, some were funny, some Erie, great for those who like fantasy too.

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  • Ben
  • 14-05-2020

Better than other Hall of Fames

Overall I found the stories more enjoyable and aged better socially than the other Hall of Fames. Recommended.

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  • Lynne Nicholson
  • 03-04-2020

Brilliant collection

I loved these stories Each story is a complete in itself so it can be read one story at a time or one after another

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  • Robert Dullighan
  • 23-10-2019

fabulous listening

loved listening to all 3 of the sci go hall of fame books, wish there where more compilations like this

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  • Michael66
  • 07-08-2019

mjpr fan

Found it hard to follow so many different people and places otherwise quite a good book

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  • japlah
  • 02-03-2019

Fictional ballocls

The existence of this book is sadly not a fiction! Kind of a car park for words where the most interesting elements are the spaces in between.

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