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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.

©2010 BBC Audio (P)2010 BBC Audio

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Generally Excellent Collection! 😱

5 stars is excellent.
4 stars is good.
3 stars is OK.
This 2010 production from the BBC has generally excellent stories with several truly excellent stories remarkably thought provoking in the vein of Asimov's future history series.
Favorites of mine were "Victory" by Lester Del Rey which examines the prohibitive cost of future warfare between species possessing weaponry of star-level power;
And "Missing Link" examines the problem of mature developed species (during extra stellar exploration) bringing less developed aggressive immature species into their developed species federation, and exposing these less mature cultures to planet busting technologies without creating a threat to the less mature species or to the members of the federation themselves.
And what if theses less mature species possess a unique species-specific ability (eg. telepathic control of other sentient species) or a particularly advanced development is a field of science far beyond the more mature species of the federation? What then? 😱

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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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Mixed bag of quality

Some stories were excellent; others were cliche or not up to par in their writing style. Narration was great. The first and last stories were the strongest.

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  • michael
  • Hanover, MD, United States
  • 03-06-11

some good some bad

The first three stories were absolute crap. The rest were good. "Victory" was excellent.

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