The other stories include Greg Bear's "Blood Music," Ben Bova's "The Man Who Hated Gravity", Arthur C. Clarke's "Breaking Strain", Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air", Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Sing" and "Story Child", Dan Simmons's "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell", Connie Willis's "Ado", and Jane Yolen's "Green Messiah."
"Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" Copyright © by Dan Simmons; "Blood Music" Copyright ©1983 by Greg Bear; "Ado" by Connie Willis Copyright © Asimov's SF Magazine, January, 1988; "The Man Who Hated Gravity" by Ben Bova Copyright ©1989 by Davis Publications; "Story Child" Copyright ©1990 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; "Someday" by Isaac Asimov Copyright ©1956 by Royal Publications; "A Pail of Air" Copyright ©1951 by Galaxy Publishing Corporation, Renewed 1978 by Fritz Leiber; "Breaking Strain" Copyright ©1949 by Arthur C. Clarke; "Critical Cats" Copyright ©1991 by Susan Shwartz; "Green Messiah" Copyright ©1988 by Jane Yolen; "Sing" Copyright ©1987 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Copyright (P)1991 Dove Audio
The stories in this anthology are not the most mind-blowing or the most exciting I've read, but they are generally very solid - my favorites were Susan Schwartz's "Critical Cats," Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air," and Isaac Asimov's "Someday." Arthur C. Clarke's "Breaking Strain" and Dan Simmons' "Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" are also strong. In general, the stories in this anthology are cute rather than brilliant. The narrator is good.
The format, however, is kind of annoying, since the audiobook chapters do not begin and end where the stories begin and end; thus, it is impossible to go to the beginning of a story. I'm not sure why they divided the chapters this way. Also, the anthology is a little short for the price.
This is a rare collection of science fiction stories, and the readers are great! I recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys being entertained by great fiction.
4 stars for "Critical Cats", "Breaking Strain", "Vanni Fucci" and "Ado" because they each combine an interesting story with good characters. The other stories are interesting but didn't draw me in as much.
Without a doubt - this book is worth "the price of admission" purely for "Vannic Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" - a tongue planted firmly in cheek look into a morning religious talk show.
"Vanni Fucci gave God the fig... twice."
Mildly entertaining, would probably allow my Grandson to listen to it when he gets to be about 11 or 12 years old. The few stories I listened to had a hard time holding my interest, never finished listening to all the stories.
I don't care for high pitched voices, I listen to relax and high pitched voices rattle my nerves. I didn't listen to all the narrators.
Not in my opinion, but I didn't listen to all the stories, only a few and when I listened to a couple that were narrated by a couple of ladies with high pitched voices, I didn't dare listen to any of the others.
May try to listen again in the future, what I did listen to seemed to me, to have been written for a more juvenile audience. I will certainly skip over the high pitched voices if I do listen again.
Does anybody know who the performer is on the first story, Blood music by Greg Baer? Sounds like Ray Manzarek but I am not aware of him doing such things.
If these were the "best" stories from a single year, I would be apalled. But they span a few decades. There are one or two that may have been worth the time, but most were horrible. And most are from the 60's, before the moon landing and are pretty dated.
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