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  • Dimension of Miracles  | Robert Sheckley

    Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Easily The Best Title I've Encountered on Audible"
  • Tell Me a Story: Science Fiction One | Arthur C. Clarke,William Gibson,Isaac Asimov,Philip K. Dick,Robert Sheckley,Terry Bisson,Avram Davidson

    Tell Me a Story: Science Fiction One

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov, and others
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    Ready for a story? Here's a selection of some of the finest science fiction shorts of recent years, including stories from Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Avram Davidson, and Philip K. Dick.

    Nikki says: "Great stories, bad narration"
  • Beside Still Waters | Robert Sheckley

    Beside Still Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    Is a robot on a distant planetoid a substitute for a relationship with a woman Mark had never met? Is it a glimpse of the future from a classic science fiction writer? It is a first glimpse at artificial intelligence? This wonderful tale can take readers down differing tales. Perhaps it only matters what interests you.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Kinda Cheesy, But Still Pretty Awesome"
  • The 10th Victim: Victim, Book 1 | Robert Sheckley

    The 10th Victim: Victim, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
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    It's the 21st Century and the ugliness of war no longer exists, except on a very personal level. Nowadays, people like Marcello Polletti, seller of Roman sunsets, and Caroline Meredith, lithe, beautiful, blonde, and backed by corporate sponsors and the Roy Bell Dancers, hunt, chase, and kill each other for sport and for the entertainment of the masses - until something oddly like personal human feelings pops up to confuse the players and up the stakes...as each of them seeks to kill their 10th victim and rise in the ranks of the hunters.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Sheckley At His Best!"
  • Untouched by Human Hands | Robert Sheckley

    Untouched by Human Hands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Untouched by Human Hands consists of 13 stories of beings who dwell on the strange borders of reality. Some of these stories tell of people you know or of events that might happen - but haven't yet. Some will take you to the furthermost reaches of the sky and to planets whose names are unknown this side of Arcturus. And some - perhaps the richest and most memorable of these stories - open into the interior of strange minds to reveal the reflection of ourselves.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Some Of Sheckley's Best Short Stories..."
  • A Sheckley Trilogy: Three Classic Tales of Science Fiction | Robert Sheckley

    A Sheckley Trilogy: Three Classic Tales of Science Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
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    Robert Sheckley, master of the science-fiction short-story form, created numerous tales of dark humor. He had an entertaining gift for looking at society with a warped mirror, enabling us to see ourselves in a clearer reflection.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Cool..."
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2 | Fredric Brown,Ben Bova,Frank Herbert,Harry Harrison,Kurt Vonnegut,Jerome Bixby,Poul Anderson,Andre Norton,Fritz Leiber,Robert Sheckley

    Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown, Ben Bova, Frank Herbert, and others
    • Narrated By Ben Hurst, Emmett Casey, Ran Allan Ricard, and others
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    The second collection of science-fiction tales by Jimcin includes 31 stories.

    Noah says: "Great stories, great narrators"
  • Hunter/Victim: Victim, Book 3 | Robert Sheckley

    Hunter/Victim: Victim, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
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    Take a look at a dark, deadly future where the game is hunting and the results are killing - human to human - with status, money, power, and sex as the prizes. The operation runs underground and Frank Blackwell is a new recruit who is destined to change the game and turn it into legitimate popular entertainment for the masses.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite Author Falls a LITTLE Short"
  • Victim Prime: Victim, Book 2 | Robert Sheckley

    Victim Prime: Victim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
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    In 2092, the world's ecology is in ruins, drought and famine are widespread and survival is a never-ending challenge. Harold Erdman leaves his dying community with one goal, to make his way to Esmeralda, an island paradise run by the Huntworld Corporation which has turned public murder, among willing competitors, into a thriving and lucrative business. Can he survive the journey and then the many rounds of deadly competition on his way to the Big Payoff.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Perfect Followup to "The 10th Victim""
  • Alien StarSwarm | Robert Sheckley

    Alien StarSwarm

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Salvatore commands the battleship Endymion. He's seen his share of battles and fought them bravely, too. So he doesn't hesitate when beautiful Princess Hatari pleads for his help. She wants to regain her throne, but it may be more than Salvatore can accomplish, for the deadly race known as the Balderdash has taken over the planet Melchior--and now, even his own men have turned against him!

    Richard L. Rubin says: "Very Enjoyable Sci-Fi Adventure/Satire!"
  • Immortality, Inc. | Robert Sheckley

    Immortality, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Want to be immortal? You can be in AD 2110. Just go to the Hereafter Insurance Corporation and hook yourself up to the Machine. There’s nothing to fear. That is, if it happens to be working right, and if nobody slips another mind into your body when you’re not looking, and if you’re not on a poltergeist hatelist.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Sheckley Is The Best There Is"
  • Watchbird | Robert Sheckley

    Watchbird

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Edward Miller
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    Engineers have created an intelligent robot bird and its main objective is to prevent murder! The robot is encouraged to study what murder is, and its definition of murder expands until humans find themselves no longer able to operate on dying patients or to eat a salad because of the salad's feelings! What to do? Terminate the robots or starve to death.

  • The Game of X | Robert Sheckley

    The Game of X

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    All secret agents need to look out for William Nye, now known as Agent X. His recruitment was simple and his legend is brilliant but un-earned. Somehow, he thinks he's the best there is and we all know how pride goeth before a fall. The master of SF hilarity and biting social satire creates a spy world that has gathered praise from the greats of the genre.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "An Entertaining Non-Sci/Fi Novel By Sheckley"
  • Crompton Divided | Robert Sheckley

    Crompton Divided

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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    Alastair Crompton skilled nosologist at Psychosmell, Inc. sniffs out something he's been missing his whole life - his other selves. His disturbed psyche was divided into three parts and the other parts were implanted in other bodies on other planets. His obsession to re-unite himself leads to disturbing discovers about the underpinnings of the society he lives in, personal conflicts, a vastly destructive war and a shocking ultimate revelation.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "One of Sheckley's Weirest Tales"
  • Mindswap | Robert Sheckley

    Mindswap

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Interstellar travel to alien worlds is too expensive for Marvin, a college student in need of a good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford: a mind swap, in which his consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien life-form. Unfortunately, Marvin finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal—a body that he has to vacate, fast.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great Story With a REALLY Weird Ending"
  • The Journey of Joenes | Robert Sheckley

    The Journey of Joenes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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    The Journey of Joenes, also published as Journey Beyond Tomorrow, tells the tale of a picaresque journey through an imagined future taken by a naive and innocent man unprepared for the wonders and oddities he encounters. Sheckley examines the present through the distorting lens of a future wonderfully skewed from and yet darkly, hilariously, similar to our own world.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "One Of My All-Time Favorites"
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 4 | Poul Anderson,Ben Bova,Fredric Brown,Philip K. Dick,Harry Harrison,Damon Knight,Robert Sheckley,Clifford Simak

    Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, Fredric Brown, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts, Cindy Killavey, Emmett Casey
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    This fourth volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories contains 22 more gripping tales.

  • The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley

    The Status Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Will Barrent has no memory of the murder for which he was convicted. He will now have to live his life sentence on the prison planet Omega. The few that survive there do it by committing crimes. And the more adept the planet inmates are at higher crime, the more they climb their bizzare anti-social ladder. They all must live in a society where drug addiction is mandatory, as is the worship of the Dark One.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Sheckley's Finest Work"
  • The Perfect Woman | Robert Sheckley

    The Perfect Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    The year 3000, and Mr. Morcheck has married the perfect woman. Not one of those neurotic primitive women, who were forever asking for money with which to buy clothes and trinkets demanding breakfast in bed, dashing off to bridge games, talking for hours on the telephone...,Myra is a delicate modern woman, perfect until much like your faithful Toyota, it becomes a bit sluggish, and there is blue smoke coming ftom the exhaust.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great - But Hard To Justify The Price"
  • The Altar | Robert Sheckley

    The Altar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    The Altar by Robert Shackley, a short story that first appeared in "Fantastic" July - August 1953, on on which the copyright was not renewed, putting the story into the public domain. It becomes apparent that strange things are happening in the small New Jersey town, and Mr. Slater is determined to solve the mystery of the dark stranger in the blue topcoat who appears before him on his way to his commute.

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