Fantastic Imaginings: A Journey through 3,500 Years of Imaginative Writing, Comprising Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction Audiobook | Stefan Rudnicki (editor), Harlan Ellison (editor) | Audible.com
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Fantastic Imaginings: A Journey through 3,500 Years of Imaginative Writing, Comprising Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction | [Stefan Rudnicki (editor), Harlan Ellison (editor)]

Fantastic Imaginings: A Journey through 3,500 Years of Imaginative Writing, Comprising Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction

Collected here are the stories, poems, and religious writings that preceded and helped form the science fiction and fantasy genres. The collection explores the key imaginative roots and their later literary permutations. The author list alone reads like a literary who’s who and includes many writers not primarily known for their forays into the fantastic. Organized by topic rather than simple chronology, this volume allows the listener to trace the history of robots, aliens, and apocalypses up to some of their most recent manifestations.
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Collected here are the stories, poems, and religious writings that preceded and helped form the science fiction and fantasy genres. The collection explores the key imaginative roots and their later literary permutations. The author list alone reads like a literary who’s who and includes many writers not primarily known for their forays into the fantastic. Organized by topic rather than simple chronology, this volume allows the listener to trace the history of robots, aliens, and apocalypses up to some of their most recent manifestations.

Topic chapters and represented authors include "Transformers" (Card, Asimov, Rossetti), "Shocking Futures" (Swift, More), and "Traveling Fools" (Carol, Burroughs, McCaffrey). This definitive collection of science fiction and fantasy sources illustrates how earlier generations imagined the future.

©2004 2009 by Stefan Rudnicki (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    INTRODUCTION
    Lofty Ambitions by Harlan Ellison, read by Harlan Ellison

    PART 1: THE MYTHS WE LIVE BY
    A Youth In Apparel That Glittered by Stephen Crane, read by Stefan Rudnicki (poem)
    After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Novelty by John Crowley, read by Harlan Ellison
    Pan And The Firebird by Sam M. Steward, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Murderer, The Hope Of All Women by Oskar Kokoschka, performed by cast
    The Touch Of Pan by Algernon Blackwood, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Lost Thyrsis by Oliver Onions, read by Roz Landor
    The Bacchae (excerpt) by Eurpides, performed by cast

    PART 2: MYTHS THAT BITE
    A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Mystery Train by Lewis Shiner, read by John Rubenstein
    Continued On The Next Rock by R.A. Lafferty, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Diary Of A God by Barry Pain, read by Enn Reitel
    The Repairer of Reputations (excerpt) by Robert W. Chambers, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    An Inhabitant Of Carcosa by Ambrose Bierce, read by Danny Campbell
    The Horla by Guy de Maupassant, read by Arte Johnson

    PART 3: SHOCKING FUTURES
    Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, read by Stefan Rudnicki (poem)
    City Come A’Walkin (excerpt) by John Shirley, read by Don Leslie
    A Pail Of Air by Fritz Leiber, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Machine Stops (excerpt) by E.M. Forster, read by Roz Landor
    Looking Backward and Equality (excerpts) by Edward Bellamy, read by David Birney
    Gulliver’s Travels (excerpt) by Jonathan Swift read by Scott Brick
    Utopia (excerpt) by Sir Thomas More, read byChristopher Cazanove
    Monument To Amun by Queen Hatshepsut, read by Judy Young

    PART 4: TRAVELING FOOLS
    La Bateau Ivre by Arthur Rimbaud, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Inspiration by Ben Bova, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Bones Do Lie by Anne McCaffrey, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    A Princess Of Mars (excerpt) by Edgar Rice Burroughs, read by John Rubinstein
    The Great Stone Of Sardis (excerpt) by Frank R. Stockton, read by David Birney
    Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (excerpt) by Lewis Carroll, read by Michael York
    Diary Of A Madman (excerpt) by Nicolai Gogol, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Inferno (excerpt) by Dante, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Odyssey of Homer (excerpt), read by David Birney

    PART 5: TRANSFORMERS
    The Stolen Child by William B. Yeats, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Porcelain Salamander by Orson Scott Card, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
    Let’s Get Together by Isaac Asimov, read by Arte Johnson
    Dracula (excerpt) by Bram Stoker, read by Simon Vance
    Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (excerpt) by Robert Louis Stevenson, read by John Lee
    Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
    Frankenstein (excerpt) by Mary Shelley, read by Stefan Rudnicki0\ *
    The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh (Traditional English Fairy Tale), read by Judy Young
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (excerpt) by William Shakespeare, performed by cast
    The Ballad of Tam Lin (Celtic ballad), read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Metamorphosis (excerpt) by Ovid, read by Cassandra Campbell

    PART 6: REST IN PIECES
    Hearse Song
    The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The New Testament: Revelations (excerpt), read by Stefan Rudnicki
    The Colloquy of Monos & Una by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir
    From the Crypts of Memory by Clark Ashton Smith, read by Danny Campbell
    The Comet by W.E.B. DuBois, read by Mirron Willis
    Sand (excerpt) by Stefan Rudnicki, performed by cast
    Transience by Arthur C. Clarke, read by Bahni Turpin
    The Illusionist by Gareth Owen, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Unchosen Love by Ursula K. LeGuin, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    In Lonely Lands by Harlan Ellison, read by Harlan Ellison
    News from Nowhere (excerpt) by William Morris, read by Stefan Rudnicki

    PART 7: COMMENTARIES
    The Special And General Joys of Science Fiction by Ben Bova, read by Stefan Rudnicki
    Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 by Elliott Engel, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
    Adolescence And Adulthood In Science Fiction by Orson Scott Card, read by Stefan Rudnicki

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    "Fun Pulp Anthology"

    It's hard to describe this collection. I'll start by saying it's a good listen and worth a credit for the epic introduction by Harlan Ellison alone!



    This is not at all a global or real historical survey of fantasy themes, as I was hoping from the description. It's mainly American, a little European, and mostly 20th century, with a sprinkling of earlier stuff. On the theme of 'Pan', for instance, there's four or five modernish short stories and just one tiny snippet from The Bacchae.



    It leans heavily towards not-exactly-timeless stories that sound as though they're drawn from pulp magazines-- not a bad thing! as I'd come across hardly any of these before and they're generally good fun and read with spirit. Still, they're not towering masterpieces by any means and there's about twenty too many of the nymph-like, nagging and/or drippy women typical of the genre which gets a bit grating.



    Though I would love to hear a real anthology of the historic roots of modern genre fiction, I can't mark down this audiobook for not being what I want it to be. Four stars, mostly pretty good stories excellently read.



    This badly needs a table of contents available somewhere, there's dozens of stories and good luck remembering who wrote what as the introductions fly past.

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