Lightspeed is the critically acclaimed, online science fiction magazine edited by best-selling anthologist John Joseph Adams. Each month at lightspeedmagazine.com, top authors and brilliant new voices alike span the genre’s full spectrum, from near-future sociological science fiction, to star-spanning hard science fiction, and everything in between.
This audiobook contains all the podcasts from Lightspeed's first Hugo-nominated year, performed by a host of star narrators, for your listening pleasure.
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Fantastic Sci-Fi Fun - This book is full of surprising stories with great audio- performances
This is hands- down the best anthology of SFi-Fi stories I have read or listen to.
Orson Scott Cards idea of Elephants roaming in the plains and cities of Poland is just a great fun picture for the readers mind.
Certainly easy to continue to listen for the whole day, but because there are so many diverse and interesting stories from the SF- great masters of the game: Take it slowly !
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Great writing, dark material. One story about a man who wakes up early in a crio chamber then proceeds to eat the rest of his crewmates to survive was almost too much to get through. The writing puts you right into the stories. So beware, you might be getting more than you bargained for.
As I write this there are only two other reviews, one of which was devastatingly low (1 star) and I almost, foolishly, passed this short story collection by. The one star review was not based on the quality of this collection, it was based on the fact that this was a short story collection and the consumer purchased this thinking it was something different. If you buy a Hip Hop song expecting classical music I suspect you're going to be disappointed. Nonetheless, I haven't yet listened to this, but I strongly suspect it is pretty good being the best short stories collected from Lightspeed magazine over it's first year. I'll try to remember to come back here and write a real review later but I justed wanted to counter-balance the previous ridiculous review.
Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!
This is abridged, which means you get exactly half of the stories that are in the printed version. There are five, 5 star stories, eight, 4 stars, six, 3 stars and the rest or 1-2 star stories. There are 23 different authors, Cat Rambo has two stories.
My favorite was by John R. Fultz, The Taste of Starlight. This is about a man who wakes up early from Cryo, and is a long way from the final destination and he can not re-enter Cryo. He feels he is too important to the mission to die, so he starts eating his companions. It is graphic and not for everyone. Haldeman, Lansdale, and Gregory have good stories. Robert Reed always has good stories and this is no exception. Card has a good story, The Elephants of Poznan, which is a repeat story he has printed several times. If you have not read Card's short stuff this is a good example of his quality writing in short stories.
THE LANGUAGE OF KNOWING SOMETHING
Carrie Vaughn has a four star story, which really shows her excellent writing and world creating style. I read her first Kitty book, but it is Paranormal Romance (Chick Lit) and I did not like it. I am rediscovering her in short story form. She wrote a story called, Astrophilia, which is included in Gardner Dozois's, The Year's Best Science Fiction, Thirtieth Annual Collection, which is in the same universe as this story called Amaryllis. Both stories are pretty good and Vaughn knows how to put you in the story. She also has one of the better stories in George R.R. Martin's, Warriors, anthology. All her stories have very strong female leads. Maybe after she has written her 50th Kitty book, if she is interested in the other half of the population (and she may not really care) she could write a novel from this Amaryllis universe, I would buy it.
THE PROBLEM IS, I DON'T WANT A LIFE.
As mentioned by some other reviewers, these stories are very dark, bleak, depressing. Just as it is easier to complain, then compliment, it is easier to seem intelligent when you write about Orwellian futures, instead of Constructive futures. I challenge today's writers to come up with good stories about a future we can look forward to. John Joseph Adams mentions his web site in the introduction, in which you can subscribe and get two stories a month. If this is an example of the stories picked each month, then I have to decline, not due to the quality, but to the overwhelming sadness.
If The Story Does Not Fit, You Must Quit.
A lot of the stories are not stories, they are entries in Diaries. It is amazing how many times different authors use this technique. Several of the stories do not have plots. One story is a phone call, in which you only hear one side of the conversation. The worse story is by an author who quit her day job to write, please go back to your day job, oh wait, you were not to good at that either. Sorry, that was pretty mean of me, but it is so funny.
The narrators are excellent, not a bad one in the group. Their professionalism raises these stories up a notch. I slammed Rudnicki in a previous review over not his narration, but his producing, if he produced this, thanks, excellent job.
WHERE WOULD A SEX BOT GO?
Most stories are very well written. The voice acting is of a reasonably good quality. The problem is every single story is depressing. On their own each story isn't that bad, very dystopian however. The problem arises if you listen to them as a full volume. At about the half way mark I was completely miserable. That being said it is still an excellent listen, as long as you limit your listening to 2-3 stories at a time
Something about myself
I would definitely recommend this audio book.
There were some stories i really loved.
They really bring a interesting perspective on how we perceive the world.
There were however a few not a good ones, but those were shorter and few.
Most narrators, especially Orson Scott Card did their jobs perfectly.
A few narrators weren't too great though.
Their voices wasn't pleasant to listen too combined with low grade so called "stories".
All around the narrators were good.
Some stories really grab your attention and once finished leave you wishing they had full books attached to them.
Many of these stories and concepts feel as if they deserve a full book, whilst some are perfect as novellas.
This is a great read.
As a few other reviews has pointed out, many stories are "depressing".
But.. They are only as depressing as you yourself make them.
I didn't feel they were depressing at all.
Depressing if often a feeling of emptiness and sadness.
Many of these characters are victims to circumstance.
I'd say it's more empathetic, and in some places even beautiful.
I purchased this book because of Orson Scott Card. I am a huge fan of his Ender/ Bean series and thought I might enjoy a collection of short stories to which he has given his support/ endorsement. I have to say that I disliked this collection overall. Several of the stories just bored me. Several felt incomplete or too short. The worst thing, however, was the abundance of what I can only describe as Sci-Fi Torture Porn.
While I'm a big fan of fantasy, sci-fi and even to a certain extent, horror, there was just no reason to include several of these stories in this book as they have been done before, have been done better, and made for a disgusting read. I like Stephen King short story collections a lot, and in his collections, there are always a few stories that are just gross, but usually only at the end of the short and usually in a surprising way. In other words, I am able to enjoy his short story, even if repulsive, because it has something in it that is clever or surprising. In this case these grotesque stories whole point seems to disgust and horrify the reader endlessly. When the end of these stories came, I just felt used and as if the writers were just trying to manipulate me, rather than entertain or enthrall me with their tales.
I would recommend a pass on this collection. There are much better collections out there with stories that are enthralling, entertaining and surprising, rather than just boring and/ or disgusting. Overall, the performances were fine or better, but couldn't make up for the material being.
i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.
this is just a lot of short storys.
im tossing mine.
goodthing it was cheap at the time.
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