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  1. 8.0 hrs • Jul/05/2016 • Audio Theater

    The original teleplay that became the classic Star Trek episode, with an expanded introductory essay by Harlan Ellison, The City on the Edge of Forever has been surrounded by controversy since the airing of an “eviscerated” version—which subsequently has been voted the most beloved episode in the series’ history. In its original form, The City on the Edge of Forever won the 1966–67 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Teleplay. As aired, it won the 1967 Hugo Award.The City on the Edge of Forever is, at its most basic, a poignant love story. Ellison takes the listener on a breathtaking trip through space and time, from the future, all the way back to 1930s America. In this harrowing journey, Kirk and Spock race to apprehend a renegade criminal and restore the order of the universe. It is here that Kirk faces his ultimate dilemma: a choice between the universe—or his one true love.This edition makes available the astonishing teleplay as Ellison intended it to be aired. The author’s introductory essay reveals all of the details of what Ellison describes as a “fatally inept treatment” of his creative work. Was he unjustly edited, unjustly accused, and unjustly treated?

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  2. 15.9 hrs • Feb/02/2016 • Unabridged

    The first volume in a sterling collection of stories from legendary hard science fiction master Ben BovaThese are selected stories from Bova’s amazing career at the center of science fiction and space advocacy. He is the creator of the New York Times bestselling Grand Tour series, a six-time Hugo Award winner, and past president of the National Space Society. The very best of Ben Bova, these stories span the five decades of Bova’s incandescent career.Here are tales of star-faring adventure, peril, and drama. Here are journeys into the mind-bending landscapes of virtual worlds and alternate realities. Here you’ll also find stories of humanity’s astounding future on Earth, on Mars, and in the solar system beyond—stories that always get the science right. And Bova’s gathering of deeply realized, totally human characters are the heroic, brave, tricky, sometimes dastardly engineers, astronauts, corporate magnates, politicians, and scientists who will make these futures possible—and those who often find that the problems of tomorrow are always linked to human values and human failings which are as timeless as the stars.

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  3. 12.3 hrs • Feb/02/2016 • Unabridged

    The profoundly original and wildly entertaining short stories of a legendary Twilight Zone writerIt is only natural that Charles Beaumont would make a name for himself crafting scripts for The Twilight Zone—for his was an imagination so limitless it must have emerged from some other dimension. Perchance to Dream contains a selection of Beaumont’s finest stories, including five that he later adapted for Twilight Zone episodes.Beaumont dreamed up fantasies so vast and varied they burst through the walls of whatever box might contain them. Supernatural, horror, noir, science fiction, fantasy, pulp, and more—all were equally at home in his wondrous mind. These are stories where lions stalk the plains, classic cars rove the streets, and spacecraft hover just overhead. Here roam musicians, magicians, vampires, monsters, toreros, extraterrestrials, androids, and perhaps even the Devil himself. With dizzying feats of master storytelling and joyously eccentric humor, Beaumont transformed his nightmares and reveries into impeccably crafted stories that leave themselves indelibly stamped upon the walls of the mind. In Beaumont’s hands, nothing is impossible; it all seems plausible, even likely.

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  4. 15.2 hrs • Nov/18/2015 • Unabridged

    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. Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, Maria Dahvana Headley, Amal El-Mohtar, Kris Millering, Heather Clitheroe, Rhonda Eikamp, Gabriella Stalker, Elizabeth Porter Birdsall, and K. C. Norton;Reprints by Alice Sheldon (a.k.a. James Tiptree Jr.), Eleanor Arnason, Maria Romasco Moore, Tananarive Due, and Maureen F. McHugh; andOriginal flash fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Denham, Samantha Murray, Holly Schofield, Cathy Humble, Emily Fox, Tina Connolly, Effie Seiberg, Marina J. Lostetter, Rhiannon Rasmussen, Sarah Pinsker, Kim Winternheimer, Anaid Perez, Katherine Crighton, and Vanessa Torline.

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  5. 14.2 hrs • May/13/2015 • Unabridged

    Originally published in 1962 and updated in later decades with a new introduction, Ellison Wonderland contains sixteen masterful stories from the author’s early career. This collection shows a vibrant young writer with a wide-ranging imagination, ferocious creative energy, devastating wit, and an eye for the wonderful and terrifying and tragic. Among the gems are “All the Sounds of Fear,” “The Sky Is Burning,” “The Very Last Day of a Good Woman,” and “In Lonely Lands.” Though they stand tall on their own merits, they also point the way to the sublime stories that followed soon after and continue to come even now, more than fifty years later.

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  6. 5.7 hrs • Mar/17/2015 • Unabridged

    Untouched by Human Hands consists of thirteen 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.This classic collection consists of the following short stories:“The Monsters”“Cost of Living”“The Altar”“Shape”“The Impacted Man”“Untouched by Human Hands”“The King’s Wishes”“Warm”“The Demons”“Specialist”“Seventh Victim”“Ritual”“Beside Still Waters”

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  7. 41.2 hrs • Feb/03/2015 • Unabridged

    A chilling reenactment of the federal government’s anti-Communist investigationsThe testimony that Eric Bentley has gleaned for this book from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee focuses on HUAC’s treatment of artists, intellectuals, and performers. This highly dramatic and compelling collection of significant excerpts from the hearings shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a “dignified” manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

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  8. 8.6 hrs • Nov/11/2014 • Unabridged

    This follow-up to the national bestseller A Study in Sherlock is a stunning new volume of original stories compiled by award-winning Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger.The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were recently voted the top mystery series of all time, and they have enthralled generations of readers—and writers.Now, Laurie R. King, author of the New York Times bestselling Mary Russell series in which Holmes plays a costarring role, and Leslie S. Klinger, Edgar Award–winning editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, have assembled a stellar group of contemporary authors from a variety of genres and asked them to create new stories inspired by that canon. Authors included here are Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Dirda, Harlan Ellison, Denise Hamilton, Nancy Holder, John Lescroart, Sara Paretsky, Michael Sims, and more.Inside you’ll find Holmes in times and places previously unimagined, as well as characters who have themselves been affected by the tales of Sherlock Holmes. The game is afoot—again!Stories include:“The Crooked Man” by Michael Connelly“The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer” by Sara Paretsky“The Memoirs of Silver Blaze” by Michael Sims“Dr. Watson’s Casebook” by Andrew Grant“The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman” by Jeffery Deaver“Art in the Blood” by Laura Caldwell“Dunkirk” by John Lescroart“The Problem of the Empty Slipper” by Leah Moore and John Reppion“Lost Boys” by Cornelia Funke“The Thinking Machine” by Denise Hamilton“By Any Other Name” by Michael Dirda“He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes” by Harlan Ellison“The Adventure of My Ignoble Ancestress” by Nancy Holder“The Closing” by Leslie S. Klinger“How I Came to Meet Sherlock Holmes” by Gahan Wilson

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  9. 17.0 hrs • May/06/2014 • Unabridged

    Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence—the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon—these are our guides through the Wastelands.From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.Gathering together the best postapocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative fiction—including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King—Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’s core.

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  10. 13.3 hrs • May/06/2014 • Audio Theater

    A chilling reenactment of the federal government’s anti-Communist investigationsEric Bentley has chosen highlights from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee to demonstrate HUAC’s focus on artists, intellectuals, and performers. Volume 1: 1938–1948 includes the testimonies of Hallie Flanagan, Ayn Rand, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Bertolt Brecht and many others. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.

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  11. 8.1 hrs • Apr/15/2014 • Unabridged

    For the oddball in you, flights into the sinister and fantasticThe stories in this third collection from a master of speculative fiction are at once playful and dark, but each is wonderfully told.Contents include The Music of the Yellow Brass A Classic Affair The New People Buck Fever The Magic Man Father, Dear Father Perchance to Dream Song for a Lady The Trigger The Guests of Chance (with Chad Oliver) The Love-Master A Death in the Country The Neighbors The Howling Man Night Ride

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  12. 6.2 hrs • Mar/11/2014 • Unabridged

    Imagine …Ghosts, gods, and devils—heavens and hells—cities in the sky and cities beneath the sea.Time machines, spaceships—certainly you can imagine Martians, but what about interplanetary vampires? Or a mouse that isn’t a mouse?Honeymoon in Hell proves that Fredric Brown has a special vision, a sight beyond our wildest nightmares, a perception of things we couldn’t even begin to imagine.Stories include:“Honeymoon in Hell”“Too Far”“Man of Distinction”“Millennium”“The Dome”“Blood”“Hall of Mirrors”“Experiment”“The Last Martian”“Sentry”“Mouse”“Naturally”“Voodoo”“Arena”“Keep Out”“First Time Machine”“And the Gods Laughed”“The Weapon”“A Word from Our Sponsors”“Rustle of Wings”“Imagine”

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    Honeymoon in Hell

    6.2 hrs • Mar/11/2014 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.1 hrs • Jan/08/2013 • Unabridged

    Could have been the blown business deal with the Italians. Could have been the unauthorized office party, which ended with the cops and an arrest. No matter what finally got him fired, Mikhail never expected to find himself at Red Star Industries’ office again. So down-and-out Mikhail is surprised to be called in by his old boss Pavel Petrovich, who offers Mikhail easy money and the Land Rover of his dreams to teach his son, Sergei, how to “be a man,” and to spy on him. Of course, Sergei’s not the Internet-obsessed recluse his father believes. He’s hiding a relationship with the beautiful Marina, who Mikhail himself can’t help but fall for as well. To keep it all together, Mikhail finds himself lying to Petrovich about his son’s activities, lying to Marina about Sergei’s intentions, and lying to Sergei about his love for Marina. But when Sergei’s father invites them all to Italy, the web of lies holding their world together begins to fall apart, and about the time Mikhail finds himself held hostage at gunpoint, he realizes he’s gotten in way over his head.

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  14. 5.4 hrs • Feb/01/2012 • Unabridged

    This original audio collection, featuring much newly recorded material, is a stunning realization of some of the writer’s best and edgiest work, as well as a fiery visit to some of his more secret stories. His words, his voice, what the New York Times has called “liquid lava.” Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, including the Edgar, Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards. Contents include: “Jeffty Is Five” (Hugo and Nebula winner) and brand new performances of “The End of the Time of Leinard,” “The Function of Dream Sleep,” “In Lonely Lands,” the rare “Rat Hater,” the title story, and other previously unrecorded gems.

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    The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 2

    Read by Harlan Ellison
    5.4 hrs • Feb/01/2012 • Unabridged
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  15. 6.2 hrs • Jan/01/2012 • Unabridged

    Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions…he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain—by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective. Contents include: “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “Laugh Track,” “Grail,” “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” “The Very Last Day of a Good Woman,” “Paladin of the Lost Hour,” “The Time of the Eye,” “The Lingering Scent of  Woodsmoke,” and “A Boy and His Dog.”

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    The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1

    Read by Harlan Ellison
    6.2 hrs • Jan/01/2012 • Unabridged
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  16. 5.6 hrs • Jan/01/2006 • Unabridged

    For the third time, down that multicolored rabbit hole to the unpredictable, singular, frequently disturbing Ellison Wonderland of the writer the New York Times summed up thus: “Harlan Ellison has the spellbinding quality of a great nonstop talker with a cultural warehouse for a mind.” And this third expedition arrived not a moment too soon—at exactly the moment a brilliant film documentary, Dreams with Sharp Teeth, a film of the life and work of Harlan Ellison, premiered across America. Here, in eleven stories, a true memoir, five brand-new commentaries, and a linked horror story of Jack the Ripper by Ellison’s great friend, the late Robert Bloch, this mesmerizing audio performance by the Author provides the full measure of reason why Ellison has won Listen Up, Audio, and a shelf full of other awards, including investiture as one of the few Grand Masters of the literature of the fantastic. This one is the best yet.

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    The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 3

    Read by Harlan Ellison
    5.6 hrs • Jan/01/2006 • Unabridged
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