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  • Think Like a Dinosaur | James Patrick Kelly

    Think Like a Dinosaur

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This novelette won the Hugo award in 1996 and has been hailed by many as a science-fiction classic. Intelligent dinosaurs from outer space offer humanity the chance to use their transporter technology to join the galactic culture, but at a terrible price. When a routine transport goes wrong, one man must face the consequences of becoming too much like an alien.

    Brian Dowrick says: "Like Shatner reading Twilight Zone."
  • The Dark Side of Town | James Patrick Kelly

    The Dark Side of Town

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Talisha is shocked when she finds mechdream pills in the bottom of her husband's underwear drawer. Designed to create a unique virtual reality based on his wildest fantasies, they will allow him to plumb the depths of his pleasure centers. The only problem is, he's spending the rent money building his virtual paradise. Just what are her husband's deepest desires? Talisha isn't sure she wants to know.

  • The Edge of Nowhere | James Patrick Kelly

    The Edge of Nowhere

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Where did all the people go? In a bizarre outpost perched on top of a mountain, the survivors of some cyber-cataclysm ponder the fate of humanity. Although all their needs are taken care of, their memories have been so compromised that they question their very reality. When one of them begins a project that will change everything, the mysterious keepers arrive to restore order.

  • The Propagation of Light in a Vacuum | James Patrick Kelly

    The Propagation of Light in a Vacuum

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    As humankind's first starship accelerates past the speed of light, an astronaut wakes up and finds that he is all alone. The crew is gone, the sensors give no readings, and he is trapped. Alone? Not quite. His imaginary wife keeps him company and helps him keep a tenuous hold on his sanity.

  • Faith | James Patrick Kelly

    Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In this charming romantic comedy, a divorced single mom decides to re-enter the dating scene via an ad in the personals section of her local paper. Among the many men who answer the ad is the mysterious Gardiner, who writes poems, breeds daylilies, and has the unsettling ability to know exactly the right thing to say to win a woman's heart. What is his secret?

  • Monsters | James Patrick Kelly

    Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    He's a simple man, trying to live a simple life. He works at a dry cleaner and lives by himself. He doesn't have any friends and doesn't dare to reach out to others because there's a monster inside of him, a bloody-minded creature he's fighting a losing battle to control. He prays to God for help knowing that, unless his prayers are answered very soon, he will go on a killing spree. A taut tale of suspense and the fantastic, that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence.

  • Rat | James Patrick Kelly

    Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In a hard-edged cyberpunk future, a courier is has stolen a load of the most dangerous, most dazzling drug ever invented and is smuggling it into New York City. Pursued by a hired hit woman disguised as a young girl and a federally-appointed vigilante, he must find his way through the mean streets of Manhattan to his lair. He is ruthless, amoral, and a rat. Not just figuratively, but literally: a two-foot-long, walking, talking rat. Hearing is believing.

  • Bernardo's House | James Patrick Kelly

    Bernardo's House

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Bernardo has gone and his intelligent house misses him desperately. Designed to meet all her master's needs, she is his cook, maid, secretary, lover, and secret refuge from the world. Now she struggles to cope with his loss. On the edge of madness, she is saved by the arrival of a damaged young girl, who will teach her what it means to be human.

  • Fruitcake Theory | James Patrick Kelly

    Fruitcake Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It's Christmas and one of the aliens wants to go shopping at the mall to get in the proper holiday spirit. The trouble is, he doesn't know an elf from an elephant. Here's a wacky Yule story about intelligence, diversity, and too many tins of fruitcake.

  • Chemistry | James Patrick Kelly

    Chemistry

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    What is love? A profound and life-changing emotion, or a heady brew of neurochemicals washing through your brain? Two young medical students take a break from their studies to enjoy a night out at a neuromance palace, where for a mere $40 you can fall deeply in love and out again in a single carefree evening. Here's a romantic comedy about sales techniques, square-dancing, and hormones gone wild.

  • Lovestory | James Patrick Kelly

    Lovestory

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Imagine a race of marsupial-like aliens who have not two, but three sexes: father, birth-mother, and nurture-mother. The difficulties of married life are further complicated by adding another partner, but this culture has worked out its own unique solution. The arrival of a new race of space-faring aliens, however, will change everything.

  • The Ice Is Singing | James Patrick Kelly

    The Ice Is Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You live on a lake and it's Christmas. You go skating and you happen upon a man frozen under the ice. Who is he? No, don't ask! You're in a horror story.

  • Mr. Boy | James Patrick Kelly

    Mr. Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    More about the strange Cage family from the stories "Solstice" and "Chillon". Now comes Peter, Wynne's son, who is going to be 12 years old forever, or at least as long as Wynne keeps paying to have him twanked. With his robot playmate Comrade, Peter is growing up in a world where virtual reality is commonplace and where people can have themselves genetically altered into dinosaurs, bears or a three-quarters scale replica of the Statue of Liberty.

  • Feel The Zaz | James Patrick Kelly

    Feel The Zaz

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In a future where virtual reality shows are the dominant entertainment form, a damaged young woman has the uncanny ability to impersonate the dead celebrities of the late 20th Century, bringing them to life once again for the nostalgia market. A bittersweet tale of fame lost and found, with an ending you'll never guess.

  • The Best Christmas Ever | James Patrick Kelly

    The Best Christmas Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
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    (11)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The last man on Earth is depressed and the robots charged with his care are at a loss as to how to shake him out of it. They concoct an elaborate scheme to have Christmas in May. After all, at the end of history, who cares if the dates are a little off? This story was a Hugo Award finalist in 2004.

  • Men Are Trouble | James Patrick Kelly

    Men Are Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Where did all the men go? When aliens make all men disappear from Earth, the women left behind struggle to rebuild the shattered human culture. Years later, private investigator Fay Hardaway is hired by a grieving mother to investigate the mysterious suicide of her daughter. The aliens take an interest in the case as well, as does a religious cult bent on breaking the aliens' stranglehold on Earth.

  • Big Guy | James Patrick Kelly

    Big Guy

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Murph lives on an ocean liner which has been set down in the corn fields of Kansas. He works as a security op and plays dangerous games in a virtual reality called Way Out. But Murph is lonely and wants to meet his online lover, Cat, in person. But who is Cat, exactly, and what secret is she keeping from Murph?

  • The First Law of Thermodynamics | James Patrick Kelly

    The First Law of Thermodynamics

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Sixties are ending badly. It's the eve of the Kent State shootings, and Space Cowboy is on the prowl for the most powerful drug in the universe - the one that can make him who he is destined to be. A psychedelic romp with a sense of wonder ending.

  • Home Front | James Patrick Kelly

    Home Front

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
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    (13)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Children fighting on the front lines? Maybe in some other country. But things have gone from bad to worse in the U.S. as the South American war drags on. Now the government has hatched a scheme to attract teens and even preteens into the army: they are offering kids a chance to be the star of The Johnny America Show, a reality show set on the battlefront. In a country wracked by shortages and draft sweeps and despair, maybe picking up a gun isn't such a bad idea after all.

  • The Cruelest Month | James Patrick Kelly

    The Cruelest Month

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By James Patrick Kelly
    • Narrated By James Patrick Kelly
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A career woman, wracked by guilt over the death of her young daughter, begins to find toys scattered around her house. Is she being haunted or going mad? Her psychiatrist insists that it's all in her mind but the truth is far stranger - and emotionally wrenching.

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