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Publisher's Summary

Eleven essential classics in one volume

This volume is the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964, containing 11 great classics. No anthology better captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field. 

Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country. 

This volume contains the following: 

  • Introduction by Ben Bova 
  • Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson 
  • Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr. (as Don A. Stuart) 
  • Nerves by Lester del Rey 
  • Universe by Robert A. Heinlein 
  • The Marching Morons by C. M. Kornbluth 
  • Vintage Season by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore (as Lawrence O'Donnell) 
  • And Then There Were None by Eric Frank Russell 
  • The Ballad of Lost C'Mell by Cordwainer Smith 
  • Baby Is Three by Theodore Sturgeon 
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells 
  • With Folded Hands by Jack Williamson
©2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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'Greatest' is the word...

Hall of Fame, no doubt. I'm an avid reader (60yrs old w/3k+ books behind me) so here in my going-on 'golden years' I've begun adding audio books to my daily commute. Should have done it LONG ago. Duh. But the pleasure is greater, I suppose, and this title in particular took me for a ride in the WayBack machine. Yes, I DO remember the '60s; when sci-fi made you think. Hall of Fame, Vol. 2-A has several of the best titles from that or any era. And FYI? If you're familiar with the movie 'Idiocracy' (loved it, HIGHLY recommend it) the plot was clearly stolen from Cyril M. Kornbluth's 'The Marching Morons'. I wouldn't bother mentioning this, but the movie credits gave no credit... and that ain't right. Get this audiobook (and the others in the series). Listen... and learn.

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Done of the best fiction. Narration is... Mostly fine

The stories are among the best there are. No debating they, if you're a sci fi fan. The narration is usually fine, but some stories have odd moments.

Like when the character is East Asian... The worst example of this is in the story "Nerves", where the exposition describes a Japanese man as having almost no accent, then when the man speaks it's on the worst caricature of a Chinese accent.

There are also a couple moments when narrators mispronounce words.

But aside from those two weird problems, it's really a good listen!

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Great Stories!

Loved hearing this on the way to work. The narration really draws you into the stories.

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  • Liane
  • Oceanside, CA
  • 11-15-18

3 good stories

Excellent narration, but some awful scifi. Worth it for HG Wells alone. I found that there were only 2 or 3 halfway decent stories, but most if them were aggravtingly cliche, boring, or juvenile.

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Tremendous Value! Great way to explore sci-fi.

The stories are indeed worthy of the hall of fame status. Great content and performed earnestly across the multiple narrators.

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Not my style of sci-fi

Too many long drawn-out stories that did not capture my interest. Really hard to believe that this was voted on by the keepers of the sci-fi spirit. performances are great. But the stories just didn't work for me except for perhaps one.

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  • R. Mcintyre
  • 05-29-18

Onegreatbiglonguninterruptedaudiofilewithnomarkers

I ordered this and its previous 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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