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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.

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Women Destroy Science Fiction!

Lightspeed Magazine Special Issue; The Stories

By Christie Yant, Seanan McGuire, N. K. Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, Tananarive Due, Maria Dahvana Headley & others
Narrated by: various narrators, Cassandra Campbell, Cassandra de Cuir, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison, Grover Gardner, Jamye Grant, Susan Hanfield, Jonathan L. Howard, John Allen Nelson, Bahni Turpin, Stefan Rudnicki, Molly Underwood & Judy Young
Length: 15 hours 11 minutes

Guest-edited by longtime Lightspeed assistant editor Christie Yant, Women Destroy Science Fiction! contains eleven original science fiction short stories, four short-story reprints, a novella reprint, and for the first time ever, an array of flash fiction stories.This special issue includesOriginal science fiction by Seanan McGuire, N. K.... Read more »

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Nova

By Samuel R. Delany
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 8 hours 41 minutes

Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of transportation is the most important factor driving the thirty-second century. And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel, Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a recently imploded sun in... Read more »

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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1, 1929–1964

The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America

By Robert Silverberg, Robert A. Heinlein, others & Arthur C. Clarke
Narrated by: various narrators, Oliver Wyman, L. J. Ganser, Richard Ferrone, Pete Larkin, Graham Halstead, Eliza Foss, Fred Berman, Michael David Axtell, Michael Braun, Rick Adamson, Gabriel Sloyer, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Neil Hellegers, Mark Boyett, David Shih, Alex Bloch, Jeff Gurner, Tom Burka & Dan Bittner
Length: 28 hours 9 minutes

The definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929 and 1964

This book contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the... Read more »

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Dead Astronauts

The Borne Series

By Jeff VanderMeer
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 7 hours 45 minutes

Dead Astronauts

“Set in the same world as his excellent 2017 novel Borne, Dead Astronauts finds VanderMeer again at the top of his game exploring a universe destroyed by the nefarious Company. Delightful strangeness abounds: a man disintegrating into hundreds of salamanders, an ancient giant fish called Leviathan, a large blue fox with a message to deliver across time — all these and more make Dead Astronauts one of VanderMeer’s most engagingly strange and beguiling novels. As he continues to explore deeply environmental themes, his unique lens makes the reader ponder our current climate crisis in a new way. A wonderfully weird, nature-driven science fiction odyssey through time and space.”

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The Sheep Look Up

By John Brunner
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 13 hours

In a near future, the air pollution is so bad that everyone wears gas masks. The infant mortality rate is soaring and birth defects, new diseases, and physical ailments of all kinds abound. The water is undrinkable-unless you're poor and have no choice. Large corporations fighting over profits from gas masks, drinking water, and clean food tower... Read more »

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The Stars My Destination

By Alfred Bester
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

The Stars My Destination

“It’s hard to believe this book was written in the mid-fifties for so many elements of the writing and the story feel so modern. That being said about half way through the book it struck me that it is most likely a science fiction retelling of the Count of Monte Cristo. Above all it is a tale of revenge, and like in Monte Cristo revenge is a hollow thing to live for, leaving one vacant as success become eminent. But revenge is not the only aspect of the book, it is a well-rounded story and even manages to tug on the heart strings a bit. Parts of the story were absurdist and decadent, bringing to mind Moorcock’s An Alien Heat. The book is obviously an SF classic but it is also hard to understate how much of an influence it became for so many writers, and now, myself included. Finally reading this book puts into perspective how it was influential to so many different camps of science fiction authors and will likely remain so. Fans of anti-hero stories will especially enjoy this tale. After reading this book I am greatly looking forward to reading more of Bester’s work, including but not limited to The Demolished Man. Highly recommended.”

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The Demolished Man

By Alfred Bester
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

In a world policed by telepaths, Ben Reich plans to commit a crime that hasn't been heard of in seventy years: murder. That's the only option left for Reich, whose company is losing a ten-year death struggle with rival D'Courtney Enterprises. Terrorized in his dreams by The Man With No Face and driven to the edge after D'Courtney refuses a... Read more »

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2001

A Space Odyssey

By Arthur C. Clarke
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

It has been more than forty years since the publication of this classic science fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

This allegory... Read more »

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Ancillary Justice

Imperial Radch: Book #1

By Ann Leckie
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hours 41 minutes

Ancillary Justice

“Read by Adjoa Andoh, the audiobook rendition of Ann Leckie's fantastic scifi novel brings the world and characters to life.”

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Red Moon

By Kim Stanley Robinson
Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton, Joy Osmanski & Feodor Chin
Length: 15 hours 13 minutes

Red Moon

“Given Robinson’s pedigree, there was little doubt I would like this book. If you enjoy intrigue and action in the low gravity of our closest neighbor, Red Moon will draw you in. Despite the lightness of the setting, it pulls its weight. Similar to last year’s Artemis.”

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Great Classic Science Fiction

By various authors, H. G. Wells, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Lester del Rey, Fritz Leiber, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert & James Schmitz
Narrated by: various narrators, Simon Vance, Barbara Rosenblat, Nick Sullivan, Robert Fass, Katherine Kellgren, Scott Brick, Stephen Thorne & Gregory Itzin
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

This superlative collection of futuristic tales explores ground-breaking supernatural themes from the founding heroes of the science-fiction genre. The short story form is perfect for capturing the atmospheric tension of these legendary stories.

This collection includes the following stories:

“The Door in the Wall” by H. G. Wells—A man mus Read more »t...
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Consider Phlebas

Culture

By Iain M. Banks
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 16 hours 26 minutes

The first book in Iain M. Banks's seminal science fiction series, The Culture. Consider Phlebas introduces readers to the utopian conglomeration of human and alien races that explores the nature of war, morality, and the limitless bounds of mankind's imagination.

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed.... Read more »

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The John Carter Trilogy of Edgar Rice Burroughs: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs
Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
Length: 19 hours 23 minutes

The original interplanetary swashbuckler:
John Carter is a fighting man of Earth (or is he?) transported suddenly to the surface of a strange planet full of fierce green giants, savage white apes, and noble but warlike humans — including the one he loves. But can he save her from the doom that threatens to destroy the entire planet?
In a little... Read more »

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The Skylark of Space: The Original 1928 Edition

By E.E. "Doc" Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
Length: 7 hours 37 minutes

In a fortuitous laboratory accident, crack scientist Richard Seaton has unlocked the secret of atomic energy. Now, partnered with his wealthy engineering-genius friend Martin Crane, he’s preparing to give the world the gift of limitless, virtually free energy — and of space travel.
But others want Seaton’s secret for themselves. Backed by an evil... Read more »

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Ice

50th Anniversary Edition

By Anna Kavan, Kate Zambreno & Jonathan Lethem
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 5 hours 38 minutes

In a frozen, apocalyptic landscape, destruction abounds: great walls of ice overrun the world and secretive governments vie for control. Against this surreal, yet eerily familiar broken world, an unnamed narrator embarks on a hallucinatory quest for a strange and elusive "glass-girl" with silver hair. He crosses icy seas and frozen plains,... Read more »

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