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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 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The Rock Rats

    • Book Two of The Asteroid Wars
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Ira Claffey, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 302
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 126

    Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead, but his protege, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits on the board of his conglomerate. She has her work cut out for her, for Randolph's rival, Martin Humphries, still wants to control Astro and still wants to drive independent asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs out of business. Humphries wants revenge against Pancho, and, most of all, he wants his old flame, Amanda, who has become Lars Fuchs's wife.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A little disappointing

    • By Steve Cross on 04-04-06

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Voyagers III

    • Star Brothers
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    Keith Stoner lay frozen in an alien spacecraft for 15 long years. During that time he came to be something more than just an astronaut, or just a man. Stoner became partly alien himself, merged with an alien intelligence embodied in the nanotechnology that lived inside his body.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A most enjoyable listen

    • By Jacqueline on 05-11-10

    Regular price: $23.07

    • New Earth

    • The Grand Tour, Book 18
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 289
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 269

    We’ve found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does it hold? The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new, Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of water and a breathable, oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to learn more, an exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting plot, dated and simplistic writing.

    • By mahoneko on 11-20-15

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Precipice

    • Book One of The Asteroid Wars
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 400
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 177
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 177

    Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)

    • By Chris on 02-08-06

    Regular price: $35.93

    • 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 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing end to a series

    • By Jessica on 06-10-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 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 793
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 396
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 390

    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

    • The Aftermath

    • Book Four of The Asteroid Wars
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    When the spaceship Viking encounters a variety of adversaries in the Asteroid Belt - including a prospector and his family, a cyborg, the solar system's greatest sculptor, and an evil industrialist - a confrontation begins that transforms the human solar system.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Space Opera

    • By George on 10-23-14

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Voyagers

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Ben Bova
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 531
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 196

    Stoner knew. The fiery object hurtling toward the Earth was an alien spacecraft. But the world might never know. He was trapped in an iron cordon of secrecy, for the discovery had shattered the world power balance, setting off a brutal struggle for supremacy that raged from the sacred halls of the Vatican to the corridors of the Kremlin and the Pentagon. The forces of fear and treachery would use any weapon at their command, from mind war to sabotage, to keep the world in darkness.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Quite "Rendezvous With Rama"

    • By Noe on 02-26-09

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Farside

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 373
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 338
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 338

    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

    • The Silent War

    • Book Three of The Asteroid Wars
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Amanda Karr, Christian Noble, cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 276
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 118

    When corporations go to war, standard business practice goes out the window. Astro Corporation is led by indomitable Texan Pancho Lane, Humphries Space Systems by the rich and ruthless Martin Humphries, and their fight is over nothing less than resources of the Asteroid Belt itself. Fighting escalates and the lines between commerce and politics, boardroom and bedroom blur. And the keys to victory will include physics, nanotechnology, and cold hard cash.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Bova

    • By L. on 05-29-06

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 4

    • By: Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, Fredric Brown, and others
    • Narrated by: Jim Roberts, Cindy Killavey, Emmett Casey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    This fourth volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories contains 22 more gripping tales.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Return

    • Book IV of Voyagers
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    After more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to Earth to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Patricia on 06-05-10

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Death Wave

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    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

    • The Dueling Machine

    • By: Ben Bova, Myron Lewis
    • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Imagine a mechanism that would end all wars and bloodshed. A machine that can create a virtual world where conflicts seem to be fought but where nobody dies. Dr. Leo's Dueling Machine is just that. When a warrior from the Kerak empire begins to win every time and finds a way to circumvent the machine and actually kill his opponents, the results are devastating and may lead to actual, not virutal war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Seems incomplete.

    • By Veronica Lakewood on 06-28-16

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2

    • By: Fredric Brown, Ben Bova, Frank Herbert, and others
    • Narrated by: Ben Hurst, Emmett Casey, Ran Allan Ricard, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    The second collection of science-fiction tales by Jimcin includes 31 stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great stories, great narrators

    • By Noah on 09-11-10

    Regular price: $19.58

    • 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 63
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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

    • Apes and Angels

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Humankind headed out to the stars not for conquest, nor exploration, nor even for curiosity. Humans went to the stars in a desperate crusade to save intelligent life wherever they found it. 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 and now is approaching Earth's vicinity at the speed of light. Every world it touched was wiped clean of all life. But it's possible to protect a planet from gamma radiation. Earth is safe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Inconsistencies kill the last quarter of the story

    • By Roy on 06-02-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Moonrise

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 304
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 232

    A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology. But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A worthy read / listen

    • By Brian on 09-03-13

    Regular price: $27.97

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