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Space Cowboy's Science Fiction Gems

By no means a complete list but enough great science fiction to keep you going for a while.

Playlist Tags: Space Cowboy Books topic: sci-fi audience: sci-fi lovers bookstore-created mood: adventurous

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A Wrinkle in Time Archival Edition

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A Wrinkle in Time Quintet: Book #1

By Madeleine L'Engle
Narrated by: Madeleine L'Engle
Length: 5 hours 54 minutes

In honor of Madeleine L'Engle's 100th Birthday, fans are invited to enjoy this archival audiobook, originally recorded in 1993 and newly restored! Listen to the voice of the author, as Madeleine L'Engle reads her Newbery Medal-winning novel, A Wrinkle in Time.

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight... Read more »

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A Novel

By Isaac Asimov
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hours 19 minutes

“A totally new and original work that stretches his talents to their fullest . . . welcome back, champ!”—The Detroit News

In the twenty-third century pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies. One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an... Read more »

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Sprawl Trilogy

By William Gibson
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

Neuromancer is the multiple award-winning novel that launched the astonishing career of William Gibson. The first fully-realized glimpse of humankind's digital future, it is a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about our technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our... Read more »

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The Light of Other Days

By Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 11 hours 35 minutes

The Light of Other Days tells the tale of what happens when a brilliant, driven industrialist harnesses the cutting edge of quantum physics to enable people everywhere, at trivial cost, to see one another at all times: around every corner, through every wall, into everyone's most private, hidden, and even intimate moments. It amounts to the... Read more »

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Book One in the Dune Chronicles

By Frank Herbert
Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance & Ilyana Kadushin
Length: 21 hours 1 minutes

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man... Read more »

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Old Man's War

Old Man's War: Book #1

By John Scalzi
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce—and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own... Read more »

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Blood Music

By Greg Bear
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 10 hours 54 minutes

Blood Music

“Greg Bear is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This particular book is medical science fiction, which in my opinion is a sub-genre that deserves more exploration. By far this book contains some of the most original ideas that I have encountered in a long time. For a small book the scale of the story is tremendous. Without spoiling the book I’d like to mention one of the most interesting ideas proposed within the story. In quantum physics it has been proven that the observer of an experiment alters the outcome of said experiment. In this book when observation is concentrated to a large degree the universe has a difficult time adjusting to the observation, and therefore warps the fabric of space-time. I won’t go further into it so as not to give away too much of the story, but this book will have you pondering the mysteries of the universe long after you read it. I highly recommend this book and am greatly looking forward to reading more of his novels. On a side note I also recently listened to the Greg Bear story “Webster” from the Mindwebs radio program, and I highly recommend that too.”

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Flowers for Algernon

By Daniel Keyes
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

Flowers for Algernon

“One of the best and most heartbreaking books I’ve read in a long time. The story of a man who is mentally handicapped and goes through an experimental surgery to make him smart. It works and he becomes a genius, but only temporarily. Just long enough to give him a taste of what he has been missing, realize that people always laugh at his expense, fall in love, and generally be a respected human being. But he finds his genius more isolating then when he was dim, both ends of the spectrum being ostracizing and causing him to think differently than others. This book started as a short story, which won a Hugo award, and then was expanded into a novel, which won a Nebula – well deserving of both. It was also adapted into film in 1968 and is worth seeing and almost as touching as the book, the film version is called Charly. There have been many other radio and film adaptations, but I am unfamiliar with these. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story but I will say that the last fifty pages had me crying.”

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

By Walter Tevis
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes

Thomas Newton is an extraterrestrial, one of only 300 left on his home planet. Using his superior intelligence and skills, Newton amasses a small fortune and a business empire, but soon must battle unexpected foes: the CIA, alcoholism, loneliness, himself. An utterly absorbing psychological study of one man's struggle to survive on the... Read more »

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Leviathan Wakes

The Expanse: Book #1

By James S. A. Corey
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Length: 20 hours 55 minutes

The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series.

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By Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore & Gabrielle de Cuir
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Beneath the rolling seas and deadly atmosphere of Venus are the Keeps-fully enclosed cities that house descendants of the survivors who first harbored atomic energy to escape a dying earth. In massive superstructures built beneath the Venusian seas, a complex feudal society devoted simply to decadence has evolved. Presiding over that society are... Read more »

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By Robert Sheckley
Narrated by: Tom Weiner
Length: 4 hours 40 minutes

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,... Read more »

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Starship Troopers

By Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

In one of Heinlein’s most controversial bestsellers, a recruit in a future world is sent through the toughest boot camp in the Universe to join the Terran Mobile Infantry in battle against mankind’s most alarming enemy.

Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Reserve on a lark, but despite the hardships and rigorous training, he finds himself... Read more »

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Destination: Void

The Pandora Sequence

By Frank Herbert
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

The starship Earthling,filled with thousands of hibernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti,is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship’s three organic mental cores—disembodiedhuman brains that control the vessel’s functions—go insane. The emergencyskeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: build an... Read more »

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The Time Machine

By H. G. Wells
Narrated by: Doug Myers
Length: 3 hours 17 minutes

Originally published in 1895, H. G. Wells’ unequivocallyvisionary tale popularized the concept of time travel. Set in VictorianEngland, it tells the story of a scientist and gentleman inventor who builds amachine capable of transporting a person through time, which he calls thefourth dimension. Propelling himself to the year 802,701, the man is... Read more »

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A Canticle for Leibowitz

By Walter M. Miller
Narrated by: Tom Weiner
Length: 10 hours 56 minutes

Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish, ruined... Read more »

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The New Space Opera

By Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, Robert Reed, Paul J. McAuley, Greg Egan, Kage Baker, Peter F. Hamilton, Ken MacLeod, Tony Daniel, James Patrick Kelly, Alastair Reynolds, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Baxter, Robert Silverberg, Gregory Benford, Walter Jon Williams, Nancy Kress & Dan Simmons
Narrated by: various narrators, Carrington MacDuffie, Caroline Shaffer, Richard Powers, Tom Weiner, Cat Gould, Tom Taylorson, Peter Macon, Carlos Lopez, Kevin Kenerly, Pamela Garelick, Erica Sullivan & Tristan Morris
Length: 23 hours 34 minutes

This dazzling anthology includes epic interstellar adventures, tales of space and wonder, from some of the brightest names in science fiction. Authors include

Kage BakerStephen BaxterGregory BenfordTony DanielGreg EganPeter F. HamiltonGwyneth JonesJames Patrick KellyNancy KressKen MacleodPaul J. McAuleyIan McDonaldRobert ReedAlastair ReynoldsMary... Read more »

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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

By Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes

Revolution is brewing on twenty-first-century Luna, a moon-based penal colony where oppressed “Loonies” are being exploited by a harsh Authority that controls it from Earth. Against all odds, a ragtag collection of dissidents has banded together in revolt, including a young female radical, an elderly academic, a one-armed computer jock, and a... Read more »

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Stranger in a Strange Land

By Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
Length: 16 hours 17 minutes

Stranger in a Strange Land is the epic saga of an earthling, Valentine Michael Smith, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with “psi” powers—telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, teleportation, pyrolysis, and the ability to take control of the minds of others—and complete innocence regarding the mores of man.

After... Read more »

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The Lathe of Heaven

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

A classic science fiction novel by one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man's dreams control the fate of humanity. In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William... Read more »

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