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  • The Declaration of Independence | Thomas Jefferson

    The Declaration of Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Thomas Jefferson
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence announced that the 13 American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as 13 newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation - the United States of America. Narrated by John W. Michaels, a must listen.

    Farmer's wife says: "Should have done this a long time ago!"
  • Home Is the Hunter | C. L. Moore,Henry Kuttner

    Home Is the Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By C. L. Moore, Henry Kuttner
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    The guy with the most heads when he dies wins. After you collect everything you want what is left to want? A "status" society, a trustworthy criminal in a world without material want, is Roger Bellamy happy? Has he triumphed? Happiness is "the exercise of vital powers, through lines of excellence, in a life affording them scope"

  • The Ghost Patrol | Sinclair Lewis

    The Ghost Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    The Ghost Patrol portrays the dilemma men face when they are put out to pasture. Don Dorgan was such a man. He was a cop, and he loved his beat. When he returns to his old beat, he becomes the Ghost Patrol.

  • Dagon | H. P. Lovecraft

    Dagon

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    One of H. P. Lovecraft’s earliest works, published in 1917, as we get a picture of his later science fiction. Dagon the fish God inspires the creature that drives the protagonist to madness.

  • The Last Plea | Robert Bloch

    The Last Plea

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Bloch
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Do you despise rock 'n' roll? Do you think Elvis is a hound dog? Do you understand the words of any popular song? Here, for the first time, the whole ghastly plot is revealed, the Conspiracy of Cacophony traced to its Cosmic Lair.

  • If I Forget Thee Oh Earth | Arthur C. Clarke

    If I Forget Thee Oh Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    He had long wondered what lay outside; and now, Marvin's father was taking him on the long-awaited trip. One that he would never forget.

  • The Challenge from Beyond | H. P. Lovecraft

    The Challenge from Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    H. P. Lovecraft's tale of horror first appeared in Fantasy magazine in 1935. Alien beings invade the minds of the inhabitants of a planet, ours in this case, exchanging bodies. Imagine falling asleep in your room in your own body, and awakening on a strange planet in the body of a gray worm.

  • Darwinian Pool Room | Isaac Asimov

    Darwinian Pool Room

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Four co-workers raise some very interesting questions over lunch regarding Creationism and Evolution. This short Asimmov short story may leave you wondering.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "An Interesting Conversation About The Universe"
  • The Temple | H. P. Lovecraft

    The Temple

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    The influence of the First World War was strong on H. P. Lovecraft, for in his youth he was an ardent Anglophile and remained almost fanatically so long after the end of that conflict. Thus the portrayal of the "Prussian beast" created by propagandists was accepted by him at face value and utilized in this story of a U-boat that ran afoul of an unearthly foe.

  • Mother of Toads | Clark Ashton Smith

    Mother of Toads

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Clark Ashton Smith
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    You can imagine the chagrin of a handsome young man when he wakes up next to the Toad Witch who drugged him the night before and had her way with him.

  • Rescue | Gordon R. Dickson

    Rescue

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    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    It seemed like a good idea at the time to rescue the tribe of Amuk from their primitive ways and move them into modern society. Pibo, their a-lot-smarter-then-he-looked leader, however, had other ideas. Pibo liked his job too much to allow Scout Lieutenant Holroyd Aldo to bring in the mother ship and its extensive reorientation of his people.

  • The Curse of the Yig | H. P. Lovecraft,Zelia Bishop

    The Curse of the Yig

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft, Zelia Bishop
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    H.P. Lovecraft collaborated with Zealia Bishop to craft this short story of the curse of Yig, a cousin of Quetzalcoatl. The next time you are tempted to squash that garter snake or run over a rattler, you will think twice after listening to this chilling tale.

    J Hawkins says: "Above Average Lovecraft"
  • The Gettysburg Address | Abraham Lincoln

    The Gettysburg Address

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Abraham Lincoln
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Abraham Lincoln delivered what is considered to be the most famous speech ever at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863. There are five known copies of this speech in Lincoln’s handwriting, each with a slightly different text. John W Michaels reads from the Bliss copy which appears on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. In the background we hear the U.S. Army chorus performing the Battle hymn of the Republic.

  • Someday | Isaac Asimov

    Someday

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Isaac Asimov has never laid claim to the title of “Mr. Science Fiction,” but he personifies science fiction in many ways. For one thing, he has grown up with the field, improving as he went; for another, he is actually a teacher of science by profession. But most significant, perhaps, is the scope of his vision, ranging (like that of science fiction itself) from the infinitely vast - as in many of his novels - to the poignantly small - as in this story… Narrated by John W. Michaels.

  • Exile of the Eons | Arthur C. Clarke

    Exile of the Eons

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    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Imagine if you will, Hitler or a person as evil as Hitler, who instead of crawling into his bunker and dying, goes into his bunker and into suspended animation to return thousands of years later, to meet an exiled human. The being is from a society that is so far advanced, it has done away with war and evil. Imagine also that this other exile can enter the minds of others and is appalled at what he finds in this evil creature. So appalled in fact that he must perform an act totally unknown in the peaceful society he came from.

  • The Pacifist | Arthur C. Clarke

    The Pacifist

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    A 1950s supercomputer’s purpose is to help fight battles, but what happens when the pompous general in charge of the project chooses to berate the rather meek and mild "Nerd" Dr. Milquetoast, whose job it is to program the massive machine, is a classic case of getting even.

  • Before Eden | Arthur C. Clarke

    Before Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Space travelers exploring Venus reach the South Pole of that planet, where they find signs of life. Plant life, perhaps the beginning of intelligent life, on a faraway planet: their excitement builds as they take samples and head back to their ship... leaving behind their refuse.

  • Day of the Hunters | Isaac Asimov

    Day of the Hunters

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Some creatures hunt for food, and some hunt for sport, but what happens when the hunter becomes so effective he kills all of the prey and still lusts for the sport?

  • The Fun They Had | Isaac Asimov

    The Fun They Had

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    This short story was written for a syndicated newspaper page for children; but Mr. Asimov, like every good writer of children's stories, is talking not only to the children but to all of us. His characters here are young, but the idea hehind the story is as timeless as it is acute.

  • Flight to Forever | Poul Anderson

    Flight to Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    One man against the limitless wastes of time, he fought the strange, inhuman civilizations of Earth's unguessable future, searching hopelessly among the never-ending tomorrows-for the road to one unforgettable yesterday!

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