This superlative collection of futuristic tales explores ground-breaking supernatural themes from the founding heroes of the science-fiction genre. The short story form is perfect for capturing the atmospheric tension of these legendary stories. This collection includes the following stories: "The Door in the Wall" by H. G. Wells-A man must choose between the rationality of science and the magic of imagination."All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton-A down-on-his-luck spaceman and a mysterious woman and her cat take off to explore and bring back a derelict ship said to hold great treasure."A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum-A four-man crew lands on Mars and makes a startling discovery."Victory" by Lester del Rey-A victorious captain returns to his home planet after an alien war and finds that victory has a very steep price."The Moon Is Green" by Fritz Leiber-On post-apocalyptic Earth, a woman comes face-to-face with humanity exposed to catastrophe."The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz-When the spaceship is battered by an unknown force, the pilot has to investigate-and what he finds could alter his life forever."The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick-Years after nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union has contaminated the Earth's surface, soldier robots continue the fight on humanity's behalf."Missing Link" by Frank Herbert-Lewis Orne is sent to investigate a missing ship and runs into "native" trouble on the planet Gienah III.
"With its eight unique tales, fans will enjoy this audiobook by masters of both science fiction and narration. The collection proves to be a great sampler as each story provides a different genre motif. The narrators are well selected for their pieces, and their range is bittersweet since listeners will want to hear more from each. Of particular note is Barbara Rosenblat's performance of Norton's "All Cats are Gray," in which she elicits the smooth and matter-of-fact tone of the nameless narrator so well that her performance blends seamlessly with the text. Scott Brick's rendition of "Missing Link" by Herbert also proves especially enjoyable, in part because of Brick's extensive experience narrating Herbert's works. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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