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The definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929 and 1964.

This book contains 26 of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be.

The authors chosen for the Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.

In "The Roads Must Roll", Robert Heinlein describes an industrial civilization of the future caught up in the deadly flaws of its own complexity. "Country of the Kind", by Damon Knight, is a frightening portrayal of biological mutation. "Nightfall", by Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest stories in the science fiction field, is the story of a planet where the sun sets only once every millennium and is a chilling study in mass psychology.

Originally published in 1970 to honor those writers and their stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Vol. One, was the book that introduced tens of thousands of young listeners to the wonders of science fiction. Too long unavailable, this new edition will treasured by all science fiction fans everywhere.

This collection also includes an introduction by Robert Silverberg and stories by Stanley G. Weinbaum, John W. Campbell, Lester del Rey, Theodore Sturgeon, Lewis Padgett, Clifford D. Simak, Fredric Brown, Murray Leinster, Judith Merril, Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury, C. M. Kornbluth, Richard Matheson, Fritz Leiber, Anthony Boucher, James Blish, Arthur C. Clarke, Jerome Bixby, Tom Godwin, Alfred Bester, Daniel Keyes, and Roger Zelazny.

The complete list of narrators includes Oliver Wyman, L. J. Ganser, Richard Ferrone, Pete Larkin, Graham Halstead, Eliza Foss, Fred Berman, Michael David Axtell, Michael Braun, Rick Adamson, Gabriel Sloyer, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Neil Hellegers, Mark Boyett, David Shih, Alex Bloch, Jeff Gurner, and Tom Burka.

©2017 Robert Silverberg (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A great primer for SF history

A great foundation for modern sci-fi. Some stories were truly awesome in scope of imagination while others were a tad weaker. but all in all, a very good mix of styles and topics. I think both those beginning to read sci-fi and literary veterans will equally enjoy it.

At times the readings suffered from antiquated ideas and speech patterns but that's trifling over small things. Two example were how many times I heard the term "atomic" or flawed ideas about space from stories prior to our development of space travel, but I was never driven mad by it either.

One really nice thing was the absence of graphic sex, gore, and strong cursing. I would not say kid friendly but fairly tween friendly if you feel they are ready for the intellectual challenge that these stories will bring.

Loved the variety of stories. No one story wore you out because of their shorter nature. From stories that were ahead of their time socially, one that showed years ago what would happen in a world ruled by SJW's, to attitudes that seemed like AMC's "Mad Men" with rockets!

No topic was safe either. Gender, religion, what it was to be human along with all it's glory and failings were there too. So stop reading this and buy the book already. If you've read this much then I know you'll love it. So get in your rocket, crank up that artificial gravity, n' fire up the atomic motors! Were going to the FUTURE!!!

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  • Gary
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 04-28-18

Better Than Old Time Radio

These stories were extraordinary for three reasons. 1) They were like listening to old time radio shows from the past only better since the narrative was spoken, 2) Each story gave an incredible peek into the time period they were written in. Pay attention to the time the story was written in order to get the full impact of the story. 3) The stories all have a meaning within themselves. The truths they reach are autonomous, they exist for their own being, and they help one understand one’s own existence all the more because they help in partially resolving the ‘paradox of the ego’ (a J.S. Mills expression).

My wife and I would listen to these together as we were in bed tucked in for the night. They made for a perfect end for our days. I like Robert Heinlein and have listened to gobs of his stories over the years, but I did not realize how much of a dick he was in 1940 and how much he was opposed to the working person out of ‘first principles’ as was illustrated by his story featured in this book. It made me reassess his other works through a different lens than I had previously.

To enhance the story and its meaning we would do a Wiki on ‘Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume I’ and look up the story background and plot summary for each short story featured. That added immensely to our listening pleasure.

More fun than old time radio, stories with meaning that transcend the ordinary, and a historical window that was more edifying than time travel and a perfect bed time companion, one cannot ask for more than that with ones entertainment!

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Excellant Collection

If you could sum up The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1, 1929–1964 in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, Imaginative, Heart-rending

What did you like best about this story?

The stories were original and poignant.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listen to other narrators, and these are among the best.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Out There

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best sci-fi anthologies I've encountered.

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The heart and soul of science fiction

I’ve always felt the short stories appearing in the pulp magazines were the heart and soul of science fiction. These twenty-six tales are the one the Science Fiction Writers of America voted as the best published before 1964. This anthology comes as close to that goal as it’s possible to achieve with a poll of experts.

The narrators has showcased these stories in the best way possible.

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Only one of these stories was uninteresting

Excellent and very eye opening. Most of the later sci-fi are “variation” on these.

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wow

a fabulous mix from the masters of science fiction.
read by some of the most talented narrators I've heard

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Good sci-fi from days past.

Some of my favorites stories are included in this collection. There are a lot of short stories so take what you like and pass up on anything not to your taste.

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Great

Enjoyed these stories for themselves and by putting the stories in their own time frame. I marveled at the authors abilities.

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excellent memories

So many classic stories and narrated so well by so many. I listened to it until I passed out. the next day I restarted where I remembered being and had to listen again.

wonderful stories.

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