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    • Rip-Off!

    • By: John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 760
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 686
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 691

    In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • not just for sci-fi fans

    • By carmen on 01-04-13

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Lightspeed Year One

    • From the Hugo Award Nominated Magazine
    • By: Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, and others
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Emily Card, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Lightspeed is the critically acclaimed, online science fiction magazine edited by best-selling anthologist John Joseph Adams. Each month at lightspeedmagazine.com, top authors and brilliant new voices alike span the genre’s full spectrum, from near-future sociological science fiction, to star-spanning hard science fiction, and everything in between. This audiobook contains all the podcasts from Lightspeed's first Hugo-nominated year, performed by a host of star narrators.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 23 out of 24 Stories, Say The Future is Bleak

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-08-14

    Regular price: $11.86

    • The End Has Come

    • The Apocalypse Triptych
    • By: Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford, Jonathan Maberry, and others
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Gabrielle de Cuir, Justine Eyre, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 151

    Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world. In science fiction the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Weakest of the triptych

    • By SAMA on 06-03-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • If Tomorrow Comes

    • Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Ten years after the aliens left Earth, humanity has succeeded in building a ship, Friendship, in which to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arrives, they find nothing they expected: no interplanetary culture, no industrial base, and no cure for the spore disease. A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred, and far more than 10 years have passed.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Tomorrow's Kin

    • Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    A deadly cloud of spores has already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. Now the plague is heading for Earth, threatening humans and aliens alike. Can either species be trusted to find the cure? Geneticist Marianne Jenner is immersed in the desperate race to save humanity, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Siblings Elizabeth and Ryan are strident isolationists who agree only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Marianne's youngest, Noah, is a loner addicted to a drug that constantly changes his identity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a very good story.

    • By Dale H. Reimer on 09-05-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Beggars in Spain

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 348
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 229

    In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent, and one of a growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep. Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other "Sleepless" are outcasts, victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • THE DELIBERATELY BLIND, DESERVE NOT TO SEE

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-02-15

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Timeless Time Travel Tales

    • By: John Barnes, Nancy Kress, Ian R. MacLeod, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, Vanessa Hart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25

    This collection of unabridged, unforgettable tales, written by some of science fiction's most esteemed authors, pays homage to one of the genre's most cherished story types. Whether time travel stories leap forward in time or slip into the past, they remain popular with fans.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable, fun, entertaining set of stories

    • By Gary on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $25.89

    • Probability Moon

    • Probability Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Gregory Linington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Humankind has expanded out into interstellar space using star gates-technological remnants left behind by an ancient, long-vanished race. But the technology comes with a price. Among the stars, humanity encountered the Fallers, a strange alien race bent on nothing short of genocide. It's all-out war, and humanity is losing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good start to a trilogy - horrible narrator

    • By John on 10-06-14

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Steal Across the Sky

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 31

    The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the Internet: “We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly. We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it. Therefore we request 21 volunteers to visit seven planets to witness for us. We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety. Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@atoners.com.”

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Doesn't live up to potential

    • By John on 08-30-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • New Under the Sun

    • By: Nancy Kress, Therese Pieczynski
    • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    A brand-new book by master storyteller Nancy Kress. Set in the near future, the story gives us a world increasingly hostile to new ideas as religious fundamentalism dictates social agenda and where the primary use of science is to bolster these very same uncompromising attitudes. This is a world we can imagine very easily, since the author takes us down the sliding slope very gently.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great story idea.

    • By Dale H. Reimer on 08-24-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Beggars in Spain

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Theo Moffett
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    This coming of age tale follows Leisha Camden. She is the first person genetically altered before birth so that she does not need to sleep. Her rich industrialist father pays for the procedure so that his daughter will have a competitive edge over others. It's soon discovered that Leisha's mother is also carrying a "normal" child. As Leisha grows older she finds others who've had the non-sleep genetic alteration.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Award-Winning Sci Fi

    • By Sheila on 05-04-08

    Regular price: $12.59

    • The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 6

    • By: Greg Egan, Nancy Kress, Ian R. MacLeod, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Nancy Linari, Dara Rosenberg
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    This is an unabridged audio collection of the "best of the best" science fiction stories published in 2013 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by top voice talents. In "Zero for Conduct," by Greg Egan, an Afghani teenager, living in a near-future Iran with her exiled grandfather, makes a game-changing superconductor discovery. A young girl struggles to survive on a planet, with a stringent class structure, where Doors are used to go off-world in "Exile, Interrupted," by C. W. Johnson.

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Beggars and Choosers

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Cassandra Campbell, Mirron Willis, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    In a future America strangely altered by genetic modifications, millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of handsome and intellectually-superior gene-modified humans. These, in turn, are running scared in the face of the near-superhuman powers of the Sleepless, radically altered humans who have their own agenda for humanity. The Sleepless have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an island retreat, from which they periodically release dazzling scientific advances.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good

    • By Simone Jester on 08-16-17

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Beggars Ride

    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Judy Young
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    In this final installment of Nancy Kress's award-winning Beggars trilogy, it is now 200 years in the future. Regular human beings hate and fear the Sleepless and the SuperSleepless, genetically-modified humans who are immune to disease and hunger and who do not need to sleep. When the Sleepless plot to take over the world and leave regular humans powerless, civilization and the very meaning of the word "human" hang in the balance.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wheels come off the cart

    • By Ken on 06-21-11

    Regular price: $21.68

    • Starship Vectors

    • By: Sarah Monette, Allan Kaster (editor), Gwyneth Jones, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Starships come in many shapes and sizes. Their crews and passengers are an eclectic lot. They venture into the deep voids of space on their assigned missions. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they do not. This collection tells the stories of the crews and passengers aboard six of these starships.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • two 4 stars, one 3 star and three one star

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-07-11

    Regular price: $23.09

    • The Year's Top Short SF Novels 4

    • By: Stephen Baxter, Michael Blumlein, Alexander Jablokov, and others
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere, Jared Doreck, Nancy Linari
    • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    This audio collection presents the best-of-the-best short science fiction novels published in 2013 by current and emerging masters of this vibrant form. In Earth I, by Stephen Baxter, a search among the stars to ferret out the origins of mankind amidst the Xaian normalisation digs up many surprises. In Success, by Michael Blumlein, a brilliant but erratic biologist studying epigenetics struggles to hang onto his grip on everyday life as he writes his ground-breaking tome.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • drawn out novellas

    • By Anonymous User on 06-10-16

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Probability Sun

    • Probability Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Gregory Linington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Kress returns to a future in which the human race is losing an interstellar war. A shipload of scientists from Earth is sent to study the artifact discovered on a distant planet. The artifact is not only a powerful weapon, but possibly the key to a lost superscience. This is an intense novel of war and science that expands Nancy Kress' already large audience.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Probability Space

    • Probability Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Nancy Kress
    • Narrated by: Gregory Linington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Centered on the same world as Kresss Nebula Award-winning novelette, Flowers of Aulit Prison, the Probability Trilogy has already been recognized as her next great work by critics and readers alike. In Probability Space, humanity is losing the war with the alien Fallers. As the action moves from Earth to Mars to the farthest reaches of known space, four humans armed with little more than an unproven theory try to enter the Fallers home star system.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Disappointing and Lackluster Finale

    • By S. Tisdale on 03-08-11

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Aliens Rule

    • By: Nancy Kress, Carolyn Gilman, James Van Pelt
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart, Tom Dheere
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    This collection of unabridged readings chronicles the lives of people striving to survive as aliens rule Earth. In James Van Pelt's "How Music Begins", a junior-high school band director struggles to keep the band members' spirits up after they've been shanghaied, by unknown and unseen aliens, and confined to a dormitory and practice auditorium.

    Regular price: $16.79