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    • The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories

    • By: Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, Shariann Lewitt, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Nancy Linari, Henrietta Meire
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 8

    An unabridged audio collection spotlighting the "best of the best" hard science fiction stories published in 2016 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Only a few good stories

    • By Jeppe on 03-22-18

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Bowl of Heaven

    • By: Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Zach Villa
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 185

    In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven ( Ringworld) and Gregory Benford ( Timescape), the limits of wonder are redrawn once again as a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it’s on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • One word: poor

    • By Eduardo on 11-06-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Shipstar

    • By: Larry Niven, Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Zach Villa
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 136

    Science fiction masters Larry Niven ( Ringworld) and Gregory Benford ( Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved it, Great hard science fiction,

    • By Rob S. on 02-20-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Martian Race

    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    When an explosion of the rocket launching the Mars Transit Vehicle kills four crewmen, the US decides to redirect its energies to near-Earth projects, killing the manned mission to Mars. But tycoon John Axelrod assembles a consortium to fund the project, and he expects to net billions. But a European-Asian airbus will make a similar expedition. Now, the race is on to get to the Red Planet first.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By JKO on 05-11-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • In the Ocean of Night

    • Galactic Center, Book 1
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 224

    It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite"

    • By Michale on 07-19-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Berlin Project

    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Karl Cohen, a chemist and mathematician who is part of the Manhattan Project team, has discovered an alternate solution for creating the uranium isotope needed to cause a chain reaction: U-235. After convincing General Groves of his new method, Cohen and his team of scientists work at Oak Ridge, preparing to have a nuclear bomb ready to drop by the summer of 1944 in an effort to stop the war on the western front. What ensues is an altered account of World War II in this taut thriller.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, tormented by an awful narrator!

    • By Laura47 on 05-21-17

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Heart of the Comet

    • By: Gregory Benford, David Brin
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan, Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Prescient and scientifically accurate, Heart of the Comet is known as one of the great hard SF novels of the 1980s. First published in 1986, it tells the story of an ambitious manned mission to visit Halley's Comet, alter its orbit, and mine it for resources. But all too soon, native cells - that might once have brought life to Earth - begin colonizing the colonists. As factions battle over the comet's future - and that of Earth - only love, courage, and ingenuity can avert disaster and spark a new human destiny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sci Fi at its best!

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-09-18

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Welcome to the Greenhouse

    • New Science Fiction on Climate Change
    • By: Gordon Van Gelder (editor), Bruce Sterling, Gregory Benford, and others
    • Narrated by: Bob Dunsworth
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Forty years ago, Walt Kelly's comic strip character Pogo famously intoned: "We have met the enemy, and he is us." Now, as the evidence for climate change becomes overwhelming, we learn the hard reality behind that witticism. The possible destruction, and certain transformation, of the ecosphere has been brought about by our own activities. What will our new world look like? How will we - can we - adapt? The clash of a rapidly changing environment with earth's self-styled ruling species, humans, provides ample creative fodder for this riveting anthology of original science fiction.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Some stories were science fiction but didn't seem to discuss climate change.

    • By A. Westbrook on 05-05-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Sunborn

    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Richard Gilliland, Susan Hanfield, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Their historic mission to Mars made Julia and Victor the most famous astronauts of all time. Now, decades later, they are ordered by the Consortium to Pluto, where they will rendezvous with another starship led by the brilliant, arrogant Captain Shanna Axelrod. Here, on the frozen ammonia shore of Pluto's methane sea, Shanna has discovered intelligent creatures thriving in the -300° degree temperatures.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I'm cranky this wasn't better

    • By Alex Levine on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 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 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    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

    • The Best of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine 2002

    • By: Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Watson, and others
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    From Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, here are the best stories of 2002, written by four of the most respected writers of our day: Robert Silverberg, James Patrick Kelly, Ian Watson, and Gregory Benford. Also try The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine and The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine 2002.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mislabeled but good

    • By Jim Harris on 06-12-03

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Furious Gulf

    • Galactic Center, Book 5
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Sephen Hoye, Harlan Ellison, Janis Ian, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    Few writers have successful blended hard science and speculation with fully realized characters as Gregory Benford has in his critically acclaimed novels. Now he draws us into a vortex of mystery and danger at the heart of the galaxy in his dazzling epic drama, Furious Gulf.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great performance, decent story

    • By CHRIS D MILLET on 11-05-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Hunger for the Infinite

    • A Galactic Center Story
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 555
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 480
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 481

    A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Haunting

    • By Michale on 06-20-12

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Timescape

    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Pete Bradbury
    • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 95

    In a future wracked by environmental catastrophe and social instability, physicist John Renfrew devises a longshot plan to use tachyons - strange, time-traveling particles - to send a warning to the past. In 1962, Gordon Bernstein, a California researcher, gets Renfrew's message as a strange pattern of interference in an experiment he's conducting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyed it

    • By Stephen on 09-21-09

    Regular price: $36.37

    • Sailing Bright Eternity

    • Galactic Center, Book 6
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield, Arthur Morey, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Millennia of conflict between humans and mechs have driven the human race to near-extinction. Now, as the fierce AI mechs begin their final assault on mankind, it soon becomes apparent that three men – three generations in a family of voyagers – are their targets. Toby Bishop, his father, Killeen Bishop, and his grandfather, Nigel Walmsley, each carry a piece of the lethal secret that can destroy their enemies. But hunted through space and time by relentless assassins, they have no idea that they possess the only weapon that can save humanity.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Dribble

    • By smith78884 on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Great Sky River

    • Galactic Center, Book 3
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Rubinstein, Tom Schiff, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    Nearly 100,000 years after first contact with the machines that dominate the universe, only a few hundred humans survive. Trapped on Snowglade, a barren world near the center of the galaxy, Killeen and his child, Toby, of the Bishop Tribe, are primitive scavengers, homeless and hunted by the ruling “mechs”. Then suddenly, a strange cosmic entity – neither organic nor cybernetic or living matter – reaches out from a black hole to speak with Killeen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No More Nigel!

    • By Michale on 10-07-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Across the Sea of Suns

    • Galactic Center, Book 2
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    It is 2076: Lancer, Earth’s first starship, is on a mission to find interstellar civilizations. Although astronaut Nigel Walmsley’s experiences with alien encounters make him the expert, no one believes Nigel’s theory that machines are the dominant intelligent beings left in the galaxy and that their purpose is to annihilate all organic life. Then the explorers discover once-living planets where only machines remain – and ruined worlds where fugitive survivors must evade omnipresent and lethally advanced A.I. warships.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Story Picks Up Speed!

    • By Michale on 07-31-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tides of Light

    • Galactic Center, Book 4
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    Onboard an ancient starship, Killeen and the Bishop tribe escape the mech-ruled world of Snowglade. Seeking refuge on a faraway planet, they discover vast wonders: an organic life-form as large as a world, a planet-coring cosmic string, a community of humans ruled by a brutal tyrant, and ultimately an alien race more awesome than any they have encountered. As they battle for survival against these myriad dangers, Killeen and his crew will gain an unforeseen ally - one that may determine humanity’s true destiny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent next book in the saga - Loved it! :-)

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches

    • By: Kevin J. Anderson (editor), Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, and others
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 129

    Nineteen gut-wrenching reports from the front lines of the War of the Worlds, as logged by Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, H.P. Lovecraft, Winston Churchill, Jules Verne, and many of the other most famous writers of the time. The most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers of today relive the Martian invasion through the eyes of their famous predecessors.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • GLOBAL

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-08-15

    Regular price: $13.99

    • We Could Do Worse

    • A Millennial Collection of Alternate Histories
    • By: Larry Niven, Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove, and others
    • Narrated by: Richard Gilliland, Yancy Butler
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 45

    What would the world be like if the space race started during World War II? If Teddy Roosevelt had fought in World War I? If Joseph McCarthy had been elected President? Those and other questions are answered in these nine stories of alternate histories, when the world as we know it might have turned out different than it is today, if only one minor (or major) change had occurred in history.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Mediocre

    • By Gary on 02-13-08

    Regular price: $17.50