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Rip-Off! | [John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, Allen Steele, Lavie Tidhar, Nancy Kress, Gardner Dozois (editor)]

Rip-Off!

In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Original Work, 2014

In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

In the world of Rip-Off!, "Call me Ishmael" introduces a tough-as-nails private eye - who carries a harpoon; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz inspires the tale of an aging female astronaut who’s being treated by a doctor named Dorothy Gale; and Huckleberry Finn leads to a wild ride with a foul-mouthed riverboat captain who plies the waters of Hell.

Once you listen to Rip-Off! you’ll agree: If Shakespeare or Dickens were alive today, they’d be ripping off the authors in this great collection.

The stories included in Rip-Off! are:

  • "Fireborn" by Robert Charles Wilson
  • "The Evening Line" by Mike Resnick
  • "No Decent Patrimony" by Elizabeth Bear
  • "The Big Whale" by Allen M. Steele
  • "Begone" by Daryl Gregory
  • "The Red Menace" by Lavie Tidhar
  • "Muse of Fire" by John Scalzi
  • "Writer’s Block" by Nancy Kress
  • "Highland Reel" by Jack Campbell
  • "Karin Coxswain or Death as She Is Truly Lived" by Paul Di Filippo
  • "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • "Every Fuzzy Beast of the Earth, Every Pink Fowl of the Air" by Tad Williams
  • "Declaration" by James Patrick Kelly

As a bonus, the authors introduce their stories, explaining what they ripped-off - and why.

Rip-Off! was produced in partnership with SFWA - Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Gardner Dozois served as project editor.

The full list of narrators includes: Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, Jonathan Davis, Khristine Hvam, L.J. Ganser, Stefan Rudnicki, David Marantz, Nicola Barber, Dina Pearlman, Allyson Johnson, Marc Vietor, and Ilyana Kadushin.

For more books from the authors of Rip-Off! click here.


©2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Thirteen authors, eight narrators--this themed anthology has something for everyone…. Longtime narrators Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki rub elbows with Star Trek alum Wil Wheaton and five others. The varied narrators mean that there's no common delivery style, but it's safe to say that everyone involved was having fun." (AudioFile)

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-24-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "A Personal Yuck!"

    I did not like any of these stories. BUT... They may be quite good. Good, like art, is in the beholder's fantasy. I'm not a fantasy story type of guy. Maybe I own the problem, after all there are a bunch of well selling authors here and at least a few readers whom I've enjoyed elsewhere.

    Wish I hadn't bought this. The premise sounded cool so I tried... reeeeely.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Schaumburg, IL, United States 01-15-13
    Tracey Schaumburg, IL, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Some good, some bad"

    I guess when it comes to a short stories you are always going to have some good, some bad, but I really don't think I would have purchased this book if I had it to do over. There were some excellent stories, but the bad out weighed the good.
    There are to many books out there more worthy of your credits!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles E. Richardson bink 02-05-14

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    "The SciFi is hit-or-miss, mainly miss"
    What did you like best about Rip-Off!? What did you like least?

    The Concept. Most of the authors involved are well known and I like their other books. So they pick a first line of some other novel to base their short piece on. Sounded interesting with an interesting group of authors, and the narrators looked good, too. Only about half of the stories are SciFi. Well, written stories, but uninteresting to me. If I wanted to read about 1920's Chicago or prewar Germany, I would look in period fiction. I am not saying this is bad writing, just not Sci-Fi.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    I won't be buying any more with this format, but these are great authors, so yes. BTW, the listen button just gave too little information on this book to make a decision.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine, though it was WIL WHEATON that mislead me. ("WIL WHEATON!" shouted like Sheldon on TBBT.) I love his narration and I probably wouldn't have bought it if his name hadn't been on there with Resnick and several others. WIL WHEATON!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a pretty hard core Sci-Fi reader. So these shorts that had fantasy, period fiction, with a touch of real science fiction just didn't do it for me. I can tell you that most of the writing was good, though I didn't make it all the way through the book. So take my rating stars based on your leanings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 06-01-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "Some of the stories are pretty good"

    ...but the rest ... not so much. In some they seem to try too hard to make their stories fit the theme - taking a first line from a great book and winging it from there. Frankly, I was unimpressed, even though there were tales by some of my favorite authors.

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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Did not wow me"

    This book was fun, there are a couple of stand-out stories here, but overall it didn’t really wow me.

    It is definitely worth listening to if you have any favorite authors with stories in it.

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    Reid St. Simons Island, GA, United States 03-26-13
    Reid St. Simons Island, GA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I was not impressed"

    Not a lot to say here. Most of the stories were mediocre, a few were awful. None really memorable or particluarly enjoyable. As you can tell, I was somewhat disappointed by this anthology. Not my cup of tea.

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    Daniel United States 03-14-13
    Daniel United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a total rip off...."
    What did you like best about Rip-Off!? What did you like least?

    The same thing... That it is a compilation of several short stories by different authors.. It turns out to be both good and bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the short stories are really great and some, well, not so much. The same thing can be said about the performances. It's definitely worth the credit to listen to the different authors. I am definitely planning a couple purchases based on this book..

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-30-13
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-30-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Mostly mediocre"

    There are a couple of good stories here, but mostly mediocre ones. Not really worth the credit.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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