Science Fiction Audiobooks

When the World Was Young

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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by Jack London
38 minutes, 6 seconds
Unabridged Horror Short Story
1910

Jack London

“And then the thing happened–the thing unthinkable and unexpected.” London’s speculative story about the frightening, dual nature of man.

Read by William Coon.


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The Star

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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by H G Wells
30 minutes, 18 seconds
Unabridged Science Fiction Story
1897

Wells

One hundred and one years before the films Armegeddon and Deep Impact entered U.S. theaters, the father of modern science fiction scared the crap out of Victorian London with this, the first of such death-from-above science fiction tales. Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
27 minutes, 01 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Science Fiction
1835

Poe

What happens when you hypnotize a person in the moments before he dies? The story that began as a hoax (it was first published without the “fiction” label) is one of the first modern science fiction tales.

Narrated by Alex Wilson.


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The Time Machine

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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by H G Wells
3 hours, 2 minutes
Unabridged Science Fiction Novel
1895

H G Wells

An amateur scientist discovers that just as he may travel around in the three physical dimensions, he may also travel through the fourth–time. These are his adventures and discoveries through time. Read by James Spencer. Note: the Spoken Alexandria podcast includes only the first chapter of TM. The full book is included in the zipped download options

“There’s a slightly old-fashioned quality to his speech that compliments Wells’ old-fashioned brand of science fiction … rises above the source material, making these audio editions a great way to experience these two classics.” – John Joseph Adams, Locus

As James Patrick Kelly writes in this month’s (September 2004 issue) Asimov’s Science Fiction, “What makes this the first science fiction time travel story is that the Time Traveler actually builds his machine.” Previous fictitious time travelers (like Ebeneezer Scrooge or the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court) didn’t have a choice in the matter.

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The War of the Worlds

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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by H G Wells
5 hours, 53 minutes
Unabridged Science Fiction Novel
1898

H G Wells

“There’s a slightly old-fashioned quality to his speech that compliments Wells’ old-fashioned brand of science fiction … rises above the source material, making these audio editions a great way to experience these two classics.” – John Joseph Adams, Locus

“Worth buying.”The New York Times

The classic alien invasion novel by “The Father of Science Fiction” H.G. Wells. Read by James Spencer and produced by Active Voicing. Note: the Spoken Alexandria podcast includes only the first chapter of WotW. The full book is included in the zipped download options.

“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own…”

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Casey at the Booth

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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by Alex Wilson

3 minutes, 16 seconds
Unabridged SF poem/parody
2008

Casey at the Booth

A Filk of the Republic Sung in the Year 2088.

A political parody based on Ernest L Thayer’s Casey at the Bat. First appeared in Inconsequential Art #4. Text online here. Cover art by Constantine Markopoulos.

Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

Waiting for the Zephyr

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

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by Tobias S Buckell

13 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Short SF Story
2000


Waiting for the Zephyr

When the fuel went, Mara’s town turned to windpower. They struggled on as the lights left, as the cities fell fallow, and plastic became a memory. Their only link to the outside world is the Zephyr, and now it too has not shown up. Originally published in Jackhammer. Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal of the Willamette Radio Workshop.

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The Fish Merchant and Other Stories

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

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by Tobias S. Buckell
1 hour, 18 minutes
Unabridged Science Fiction and Horror Stories
2000-2002

A Green Thumb

Four science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories.

The Fish Merchant: (science fiction) Li Hao-Chang struggles to stay one step ahead of starvation or stabbing, selling fish on the brutal docks of Macau. He’s too busy to read the headlines in the newspapers that wrap his wares–rumors of non-random signals from deep space. When a gangster named Pepper is gunned down in front of Li’s stand, the fish seller finds a computer disk stolen from the Chinese government. Maybe, just maybe, the biggest news in history is enough to make Li’s dearest dream a reality: escape to safety in America. First published in Science Fiction Age, 2000. Read by Jonathon “Sullydog” Sullivan.

“The story is interesting for its non-western setting, and its realization that many people in the world would have no care for news about aliens…” — Locus

A Green Thumb: (fantasy/science fiction)

It’s a very different USA, where necessity has provoked a very profound change in technology. And yet many things are still the same. Being a teenager is always tough, and there are many choices ahead. One of which is “how and where do you grow your very first car?” First published in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, 2002. Read by Alex Wilson.

“Amusing and heart-warming at the same time, and read with feeling and emotion by Wilson.” –Locus

All Her Children Fought: (science fiction) When you fire something into space the cost of that launch is per pound. When you go to war with someone in space, you need to keep the cost down. So you use the smallest available pilot you can. A child. Originally published in Speculon, 2001. Read by Mary Robinette Kowal of the Willamette Radio Workshop.

Trinkets: (horror) New England, early 1800s: At the harbor near his jewelry shop, George Petros receives a package from the Haitian merchant ship Toussaint–a sinister link that follows him from a brief stay on the Caribbean island of dark magic. Originally published in The Book of All Flesh, 2001. A Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Honorable Mention. Read by the author.

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Shed Skin

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

by Robjert J Sawyer
46 minutes, 51 minutes
Unabridged Science Fiction Story
2002

Shed Skin by Robert J Sawyer

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To live forever, you can copy your mind and transfer it to an immortal robotic body. But what happens to your Shed Skin?

This Hugo Award Nominated short story has appeared in the January 2004 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, as well as the Bakka 30th Anniversary Anthology. Sawyer’s 2005 novel Mindscan is a longer treatment of the themes explored here. Narrated by Stephen Hoye.


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Most of My Friends Are Two-Thirds Water

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
 

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by Kelly Link
27 minutes, 20 seconds
Unabridged Short SF Story
2001

Most of My Friends by Kelly Link

“Sexy blond aliens invade New York City?” A short story from Link’s short story collection Stranger Things Happen, a Salon Book of the Year and one of the Village Voice’s 25 Favorite Books of 2001.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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