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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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

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CHAPTER LIST to Help Find Stories

Here’s a CHAPTER LIST to help find stories.
I wish that Audible would do this for books of short stories, essays, and poems.
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Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. One
Edited by Robert Silverberg
—-- Contents by Audible Chapter —-
01: Introduction: Robert Silverberg
02: A MARTIAN ODYSSEY, Stanley G. Weinbaum
03: TWILIGHT, John W. Campbell
04: HELEN O'LOY, Lester del Rey
05–06: THE ROADS MUST ROLL, Robert A. Heinlein
07–08: MICROCOSMIC GOD, Theodore Sturgeon
09–10: NIGHTFALL, Isaac Asimov
11–12: THE WEAPON SHOP, A. E. van Vogt
13–14: MIMSY WERE THE BOROGOVES, Lewis Padgett
15: HUDDLING PLACE, Clifford D. Simak
16: ARENA, Fredric Brown
17–21: FIRST CONTACT, Murray Leinster
22: THAT ONLY A MOTHER, Judith Merfil
23–28: SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN, Cordwainer Smith
29: MARS IS HEAVEN, Ray Bradbury
30–31: THE LITTLE BLACK BAG. C. M. Kornbluth
32: BORN OF MAN AND WOMAN, Richard Matheson
33: COMING ATTRACTION, Fritz.Leiber
34: THE QUEST FOR SAINT AQUIN, Anthony Boucher
35–40: SURFACE TENSION, James Blish
41: THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD, Arthur C. Clarke
42: IT'S A GOOD LIFE, Jerome Bixby
43: THE COLD EQUATIONS, Torn Godwin
44: FONDLY FAHRENHEIT, Alfred Bester
45: THE COUNTRY OF THE KIND, Damon Knight
46–47: FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, Daniel Keyes
48–51: A ROSE FOR ECCLESIASTES, Roger Zelazny

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Fun to listen; hard to find

A good listen but there is no index or TOC to return to a story. I've run into this before in Audible poetry and other compilations. It can't be that difficult to list titles instead of a useless list of "chapters" and it would be a significant benefit to the listener.

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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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  • 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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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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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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Brilliant short SF stories

Although these stories were written between 1920 and the 1950s, they have aged really well. I found myself moved by a number of them in their view of humanity and our possibilities.

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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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A great collection of classic stories

This collection really takes you through the development of the genre. A few of the stories come off as dated, interesting for historical value, but most still hit the mark. Some of the best stories I've ever read are included, and they still pack an emotional and intellectual punch.

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Ups and downs, but mostly ups

I’d say 70% of the stories were excellent, thought provoking and exciting at the same time. However, there were maybe around 4 that were pretty boring and / or too long. Overall would definitely recommend to anyone who likes science fiction.

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  • R. Mcintyre
  • 05-29-18

Klunky to the point of uselessness.

I ordered this and its sequel volume on the presumption that Audible had bothered themselves to format it in some way. They haven't. As a result you've no idea what's on the file. it's a total of 43 hours of continuous speech, and labled "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2" etc.

You've not a clue what's what's playing and what might be next, and they haven't even included text to help you sort it out. As a result, although the content is great, your chances of finding (or even knowing about) a given story are negligible

Can't recommend for any purpose.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-18

WHY no chapter information??

A fabulous collection of stories but with no way of seeing what you are listening to, which story is which or who is reading what. Laziness Audible!

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  • Johnny Bigbaws
  • 09-29-18

Frustrating delivery from audible...

A whole bunch of amazing stories, narrated clearly...the only problem is, there is no chapter labels and many of the stories spill over into 2-5 chapters. Don't let this deter you though as there is a chapter guide available on the website, goto library and click "view pdf" I'll paste the contents below... Enjoy!

Track
Title
1
Introduction
2
A Martian Odyssey
3
Twilight
4
Helen O'Loy
5
The Roads Must Roll
6
The Roads Must Roll, continued
7
Microcosmic God
8
Microcosmic God, continued
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Nightfall
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Nightfall, continued
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The Weapon Shop
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The Weapon Shop, continued
13
Mimsy Were the Borogoves
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Mimsy Were the Borogoves, continued
15
Huddling Place
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Arena
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First Contact, 1
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First Contact, 2
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First Contact, 3
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First Contact, 4
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First Contact, 5
22
That Only a Mother
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Scanners Live in Vain
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Scanners Live in Vain, 1
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Scanners Live in Vain, 2
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Scanners Live in Vain, 3
27
Scanners Live in Vain, 4
28
Scanners Live in Vain, 5
29
Mars is Heaven!
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The Little Black Bag
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The Little Black Bag, continued
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Born of Man and Woman
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Coming Attraction
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The Quest for Saint Aquin
35
Surface Tension
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Surface Tension, 1
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Surface Tension, 2
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Surface Tension, 3
39
Surface Tension, 4
40
Surface Tension, 5
41
The Nine Billion Names of God
42
It's a Good Life
43
The Cold Equations
44
Fondly Fahrenheit
45
The Country of the Kind
46
Flowers for Algernon
47
Flowers for Algernon, continued
48
A Rose for Ecclesiastes, 1
49
A Rose for Ecclesiastes, 2
50
A Rose for Ecclesiastes, 3
51
A Rose for Ecclesiastes, 4

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  • C. Merrick
  • 11-14-18

Absolutely fantastic voyage through Sci-Fi

A collection o great stories. The earlier ones were not so much to my taste but still well read and worth hearing. The later ones some of the very best short stories you could wish for, from giants of the genre.

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  • olympian
  • 08-21-18

Interesting read

A great mix of science fiction stories, most of which I probably wouldn't have come across if bit for this collection. I definitely enjoyed some more than others, but still, on balance would fly recommend.

Generally I find the narration clear and engaging.

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  • KiLLiNG-TiME
  • 07-06-18

Listerners will find more here than they expect.

Excellent, these are some very poinate stories from the past but they wont feel old once read, thus is the beautie of science fiction.

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  • Boo Boo
  • 06-08-18

Outstanding!

I received this title on a 2 for 1 offer and I am so glad I chose it.

These are a series of excellent science fiction stories, which encompass many different nuances of the genre: space adventure, the technological, the philosophical, and so on. Not only are the stories wonderful classics and frequently thought-provoking, they are also uniformly very well read. In an anthology of nearly twenty nine hours a single narrator's voice might have become wearisome, but here there is a different narrator for each story and so something fresh is brought to each one. The readings are excellent.

I think if you have a passing interest in science fiction, you won't be disappointed in this release.

One of my favourite Audible purchases!

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  • Ben
  • 10-22-18

Some stories very socially dated

I love sci fi a lot and wanted to love every story. But some have dated badly regarding social issues. You can tell these come from the capitalistic boom days of the States. Equivalent to England in Victorian times perhaps. Arrogance of civilisation and mankind's triumphs. My main grip was that the stories were uncomfortably sexist at times; on varied levels. There were some great stories in there though. Time for an updated hall of fame maybe.

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