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    • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 2-A

    • The Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time Chosen by the Members of The Science Fiction Writers of America
    • By: Theodore Sturgeon, Ben Bova - editor, Lester del Rey, and others
    • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla, Kevin T. Collins, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 368
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335

    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 to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 'Greatest' is the word...

    • By dutch wolff on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 2-B

    • By: Ben Bova, Isaac Asimov, others
    • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto, Vivienne Leheny, Gabriel Sloyer, and others
    • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    This last volume in the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964 contains 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 thousands of young listeners to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best SF audio book ever.

    • By MikeFarr on 10-26-18

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Survival

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    When a human team is sent to scout a few hundred light-years in front of the death wave, it encounters a civilization far in advance of our own, a civilization of machine intelligences.These sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons and have survived earlier "death waves" - gamma-ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. They are totally self-sufficient, completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, and utterly uninterested in helping to save other civilizations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Survival

    • By BookReader on 05-19-19

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Empire Builders

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 154

    Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world's loveliest women. Acting as a 21st privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration, and became one of the world's richest men in the bargain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • And excellent book and hard to stop listen to

    • By Jan Saell on 04-05-12

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Powersat

    • The Grand Tour Series
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 211

    Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And in its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of spaceflight.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book but substandard recording

    • By Greg on 11-25-11

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card

    • The Audible Interview
    • By: Ben Bova, Orson Scott Card
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 821
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 420
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 414

    Acclaimed science-fiction authors Orson Scott Card and Ben Bova, along with their shared audiobook producer and occasional narrator Stefan Rudnicki, discuss audiobooks and their works in a joint interview. The authors touch on their thoughts on audiobooks vs. print editions, the effect of technology on literature, religion, science, and many other fascinating topics sure to intrigue both Card and Bova fans, as well as all audiobook enthusiasts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun

    • By Flashotron on 08-23-07

    Regular price: $0.00

    • Leviathans of Jupiter

    • The Grand Tour Series
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Samantha Eggar, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 203

    In Ben Bova’s novel Jupiter, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter’s planet-wide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant’s team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet’s depths. However, one of Jupiter’s native creatures—a city-sized leviathan—saved the doomed ship.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Deeply Flawed

    • By Conker on 07-10-12

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Flight of Exiles

    • The Exiles Series, Book 2
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    A group of scientists and other space travelers face life-or-death decisions after their spacecraft is damaged by fire. 

    Regular price: $11.87

    • Gateways

    • Original New Stories Inspired by Frederik Pohl
    • By: Elizabeth Anne Hull (editor), Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, and others
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    It isn’t easy to get a group of bestselling SF authors to write new stories for an anthology, but that’s what Elizabeth Anne Hull has done in this powerhouse book. With original, captivating tales by Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, Gene Wolfe, and others, Gateways is a SF event that will be a must-buy for SF readers of all tastes, from the traditional to the cutting edge; from the darkly serious to the laugh-out-loud funny.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sensawonda

    • By Kindle me this: on 09-23-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Farside

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 346
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 347

    Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not super impressed to be honest

    • By Gordon on 06-12-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Mars

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 691
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 466

    Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Solid Near Future Sci-Fi

    • By Ben on 05-21-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Apes and Angels

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    A wave of death is spreading through the Milky Way galaxy, an expanding sphere of lethal gamma radiation that erupted from the galaxy's core 28,000 years ago. Every world it touched was wiped clean of all life. But it's possible to protect a planet from gamma radiation. Now, guided by the ancient intelligent machines called the Predecessors, men and women from Earth seek out those precious, rare worlds that harbor intelligent species, determined to save them. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Apes and Angels

    • By BookReader on 05-19-19

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Orion

    • Orion Series, Book 1
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 658
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 410
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 416

    John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • TRUE WARRIOR

    • By Professor on 11-28-12
    • Orion Series, Book 1
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Series: Orion, Book 1
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 11-16-10
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 658 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Sam Gunn Omnibus

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 617
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 565
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 566

    A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Quaint collection of short stories

    • By HL on 10-04-13

    Regular price: $38.46

    • Mercury

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    Despite Mercury's desolateness, there are still those who hope to find diamonds in the rough. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of Ben Bova's best

    • By Daved Baker on 07-18-05

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Death Wave

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 97

    When Kell and his team return to Earth many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy's heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for every one .

    • By Joseph A. Zamarripa on 03-19-17

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Mars Life

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 165

    Jamie Waterman has made an important discovery on Mars. A cliff dwelling reveals the fact that an intelligent race lived on the red planet 65 million years ago, only to be driven into extinction by the crash of a giant meteor. But now the exploration of Mars is itself under threat of extinction, as the ultraconservative New Morality movement gains control of the U.S. government and cuts off all funding for the Mars program.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Science or Religion?

    • By Lady Pamela on 02-20-15

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Immortality Factor

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Holly Hawkins, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Some see stem-cell research as mankind’s greatest scientific breakthrough; others, a blasphemous attempt to play God. Suddenly, the possibility of immortality exists. Two brothers, both doctors, stand on opposite sides of the controversy. To Arthur Marshak, his work is a momentous gift to humanity. To Jesse Marshak, it is a curse. And between them stands a beautiful, remarkable woman that both brothers will do anything to save.

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Return to Mars

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 318
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible "accidents" that appear to be sabotage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues

    • By J on 10-07-13

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Venus: The Grand Tour Series

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system, its ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, its atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go—or die trying.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Someone turn on the air conditioning please...

    • By Matthew on 09-03-14

    Regular price: $23.07

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