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Publisher's Summary

This superlative collection of futuristic tales explores ground-breaking supernatural themes from the founding heroes of the science-fiction genre. The short story form is perfect for capturing the atmospheric tension of these legendary stories. The collection includes: "The Door in the Wall" by H. G. Wells, "All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton, "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum, "Victory" by Lester del Rey, "The Moon Is Green" by Fritz Leiber, "The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz, "The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick, and "Missing Link" by Frank Herbert.

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Great authors, good stories

A very interesting and quite good collection.

These are some of the greatest authors in Sci-Fi, although the stories aren't necessarily the best written, or best known, short stories in the authors' respective portfolios (with the exception of Weinbaum's "Martian Odyssey").

For the most part, these are classic style sci-fi stories, crawling with aliens, spaceships and strange new worlds. Two of the stories (Leiber's and Dick's) are post-nuclear-holocaust Earth and Wells' story is set in contemporary (to him) Earth.

Well delivered by a mix of great readers.

Worth a listen, particularly for genre fans who want to explore some great authors' "b-list" stories.

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runs the gamut

This compilation has stories which run from 2 stars: The Martian Odyssey, The Moon is Green, and Missing Link; to 5 stars: Victory, and The Defenders; and everything in between. They have the 1950's magazines feel to them. They involve post nuclear war and adventures on space ships primarily. A mixed bag worth checking out.

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Poorly organized

This is the second audible shorty story compilation I have read like this. Chapters are poorly labeled and some stories span more than one, while others are in a single very long chapter.

Content was good but not amazing.

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Some material I hadn't seen before

I particularly liked Del Rey, Leiber, Schmitz (the first material I had read by him), Dick and Herbert.

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excellent anthology

I love a good anthology and this one did not disappoint though a couple of the stories have been featured in other recent anthologies.

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A number of classic stories well read.

I was familiar with some, but not all of the stories, a couple more downers than I would have liked, but a good collection for people who like to look into the history of SF.

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Great collection of classic science fiction!

Frank Herbert, Fritz Lieber, H.G. Wells, Lester Del Rey, Philip K. Dick. What more does anyone need to know?

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All Very Entertaining

I have actually listened to this before but would always miss one or two by falling asleep or something else so I decided to listen to them all and I especially liked the one about ending the war between humans.

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Well done!

A great pairing of readers and stories. A very pleasant experience revisiting the classic masters.

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Enjoyed it.

All pretty interesting. One about the soldier who thought earth should have intervened in wars more was too long and could have made its point faster. Otherwise I liked it.