Humanity's future has been disrupted and shaped by the mysterious alien Jackaroo. We spread to the planets they gave us, and we discovered the ruins of a dozen previous civilisations. All previous clients of the Jackaroo, all dead. So far we have escaped that fate - but we have also escaped from the Jackaroos' planets and begun to explore the galaxy. The discovery of ancient spaceships and the unlocking of their mysteries has led to a new way of life. But humanity's failings and conflicts are always with us.
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The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years. The Jackaroo have given humanity 15 worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroos' previous clients.
"A police procedural set in a strange future"
Here is an unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction short stories published in 2009 by current and emerging masters of the genre, as narrated by top voice talents. In "Erosion",l by Ian Creasey, a man tests the limits of his exo-suit prior to leaving a dying earth. In "As Women Fight", by Sara Genge, a hunter has no time to train for a fight to inhabit his wife's body in a society of body-switchers....
"Not a great year..."
An unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction stories published in 2012 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents.
A rejuvenated spy, Ben Lo, is sent on a mission to one of Neptune's moons, where he encounters his ex-wife. As Ben Lo's assignment progresses, his finds his memory is not what it should be, and the mission proceeds with high-tech intrigue and counter-intrigue. This story is part of the author's Quiet War series.
"terrible audio quality"
Everyone makes mistakes. Some have greater consequences than others. That's what we learn when listening to Paul J. McAuley's science fiction short, How We Lost the Moon. This unabridged reading is available in audio exclusively from audible.com.
"Clever short story with a memorable hook"
An unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction stories written in 2011 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents. In "Dying Young", by Peter M. Ball, cyborgs, clones, and post-humans collide with a dragon bent on revenge in a post-apocalyptic space western. In "Canterbury Hollow", by Chris Lawson, two lovers on a planet orbiting a killer sun share their few remaining weeks together before they die....
"if this is top 10, that makes me sad"
The 21st century. Europe is divided between the First World bourgeoisie, made rich by nanotechnology and the cheap versatile slave labour of genetically engineered Dolls, and the Fourth World of refugees and homeless displaced by war and economic upheaval. In London, Alex Sharkey is trying to make his mark as a designer of psychoactive viruses whilst staying one step ahead of the police and the Triad gangs.