This second collection of favorite science fiction stories includes: "The Coffin Cure" by Alan Edward Nourse, "Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams, "The Blue Tower" by Evelyn E. Smith, "The Gift Bearer" by Charles Fontenay, "History Repeats" by George Oliver Smith, "The Altar at Midnight" by C. M. Kornbluth, "Hall of Mirrors by Fredric Brown, "The Answer" by H. Beam Piper, "The Calm Man" by Frank Belknap Long, "The Next Logical Step" by Ben Bova, "Operation Haystack" by Frank Herbert, "Foundling on Venus" by John and Dorothy DeCourcy, "The Repairman by Harry Harrison, "The Beast of Space" by F. E. Hardart, "The Big Trip Up Yonder" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., "Where There's Hope" by Jerome Bixby, "The Success Machine" by Henry Slesar, "Pythias" by Poul Anderson, "Two Plus Two Makes Crazy" by Walt Sheldon, "Alien Offer" by Al Sevcik, "All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton, "Zen" by Jerome Bixby, "The Unspecialist" by Murray Yaco, "The Sargasso of Space" by Edmond Hamilton, "Flamedown" by H. B Fyfe, "Grove of the Unborn" by Lyn Vanable, "What Is He Doing in There?" by Fritz Leiber, "The 4D Doodler" by Grapy Waldyte, "Bad Medicine" by Robert Sheckley, "Dead Ringer" by Lester del Rey, and "I'll Kill You Tomorrow" by Helen Hubert.
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Of all the anthologies of classic science fiction stories available on Audible as of when I'm writing this review, this collection has the most consistently entertaining stories and the most listenable narrators. It's just great!
I tend to be wary of sequels because they often are not as good as the original. Happily that is not the case here. This is an outstanding collection of stories by some of the best sc-fi authors. Having many readers - all good - also helps. Five stars!
These are from the early days of SF magazines -- from the fifties I think. Some of the stories are not much more than a setup for a punch line. "But I Can," is the predictable last line of one that otherwise lacks drama or interesting characters.
A point of my interest was in how the "future," the 1970s, 1990s, 2000, were envisioned a half-century ago. It gave me a sense of being in the past -- when the stories were written -- and experiencing what the aspirations and fears of that time were.
The stories themselves weren't very compelling, kind of below average. The many readers are a mixed group, most of them just reading the words and sentences without any sense of character or story.
I really would have liked to give more stars for these almost classics, if only out of affection for their pioneering and imaginative nature.
I couldn't get past the first couple of stories. It just wasn't fun. Strange, because all the other books I downloaded were very well narrated. Too bad.
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