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An exciting grouping of classic science fiction short stories by various award-winning authors. Stories include: The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells, A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum, Victory by Lester Del Rey, The Moon is Green by Fritz Leiber, The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz, The Defenders by Philip K. Dick, Missing Link by Frank Herbert, and All Cats are G An exciting grouping of classic science fiction short stories by various award-winning authors. Stories include: The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells, A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum, Victory by Lester Del Rey, The Moon is Green by Fritz Leiber, The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz, The Defenders by Philip K. Dick, Missing Link by Frank Herbert, and All Cats are Gray by Andre Norton.


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An exciting grouping of classic science fiction short stories by various award-winning authors. Stories include: The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells, A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum, Victory by Lester Del Rey, The Moon is Green by Fritz Leiber, The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz, The Defenders by Philip K. Dick, Missing Link by Frank Herbert, and All Cats are G An exciting grouping of classic science fiction short stories by various award-winning authors. Stories include: The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells, A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum, Victory by Lester Del Rey, The Moon is Green by Fritz Leiber, The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz, The Defenders by Philip K. Dick, Missing Link by Frank Herbert, and All Cats are Gray by Andre Norton.

30 review for Great Classic Science Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    In this case, emphasis on "classic" more than on "great." That's not to say I can't see why they were each included, and they are mostly representative of that "classic" sf era of either rocket jockeys or post-apocalyptic-obvious-moralizing-about-war. But with the sole exception of H. G. Wells -- who re-impressed me as a strikingly unique talent -- these stories all feel too much a product of their time. Intriguing stories had simplistic fable-like morals or disturbingly colonial assumptions, go In this case, emphasis on "classic" more than on "great." That's not to say I can't see why they were each included, and they are mostly representative of that "classic" sf era of either rocket jockeys or post-apocalyptic-obvious-moralizing-about-war. But with the sole exception of H. G. Wells -- who re-impressed me as a strikingly unique talent -- these stories all feel too much a product of their time. Intriguing stories had simplistic fable-like morals or disturbingly colonial assumptions, good action set-pieces had women solely to be saved and explained to, and Andre Norton's potentially good setup with a loner spaceport woman and her cat didn't end up really having any story to go with it, more of a brief anecdote really. So this book is worth it mainly just for the Wells story, "The Door in the Wall." A man recalls his blissful dreamlike experience going beyond a mysterious door as a young child, and wistfully recounts its repeated re-appearances throughout his life when he has always been too absorbed in other, too immediate concerns to go through it again. It sounds simple, even silly, but is saved by its telling -- which is quite inventive and convincing -- and by the fact that how this story ends up took me startlingly unawares.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rasheed

    The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells 3/5 All Cats are Gray by Andre Norton 3/5 A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum 5/5 Victory by Lester Del Rey 5/5 The Moon is Green by Fritz Leiber 4/5 The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz 5/5 The Defenders by Philip K. Dick 5/5 Missing Link by Frank Herbert 4/5 Narrators' performances 5/5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I found that this collection of unabridged science fiction stories was very good, and great to listen to on long vacation drives. The stories in this collection are “The Door in the Wall” by H. G. Wells, “All Cats are Gray” by Andre Norton, “A Martian Odyssey” by Stanley G. Weinbaum, “Victory” by Lester Del Rey, “The Moon is Green” by Fritz Leiber, “The Winds of Time” by James H. Schmitz, “The Defenders” by Philip K. Dick, and “Missing Link” by Frank Herbert, I enjoyed all of the stories, especia I found that this collection of unabridged science fiction stories was very good, and great to listen to on long vacation drives. The stories in this collection are “The Door in the Wall” by H. G. Wells, “All Cats are Gray” by Andre Norton, “A Martian Odyssey” by Stanley G. Weinbaum, “Victory” by Lester Del Rey, “The Moon is Green” by Fritz Leiber, “The Winds of Time” by James H. Schmitz, “The Defenders” by Philip K. Dick, and “Missing Link” by Frank Herbert, I enjoyed all of the stories, especially the ones by H. G. Wells and Andre Norton. This was a great audiobook to have on hand, and the fact that the stories were unabridged, in my opinion, improved the quality of the stories.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Lozano

    Most of the stories are pretty dreadful. But “A Martian Odyssey” by Stanley Weinbaum was fantastic. It’s a real shame he didn’t live long enough to write more sci fi! Read his story and skip the rest. Oh, and “A Door in the Wall” reminded me a little of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe”. Very imaginative tale from Wells, but it just scratches the surface. I feel like Wells was amazing with coming up with a great premise - the execution tends to be less stellar (but who cares?).

  5. 5 out of 5

    pseudostudent

    I don't know that I'd call these short stories "great." Many of them were overly heavy-handed, or had themes or other bits and pieces that were treated better in other works. Only mediocre examples of the listed authors' works - even the H.G. Wells short story felt a bit like a watered-down Time Machine variant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    V

    I liked it great works, read by talented performers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    "The Door in the Wall" and "A Martian Odyssey" are both absolutely brilliant, well-written and creative stories helped by genius narration. In Door, the narrator is earnest yet conspiratorial, makes you feel like he really is telling you the story. It's intimate. In Odyssey, the 1930s American accent and diction are spot-on and have the same effect of completely drawing you in to a great story. "The Moon is Green" also surprised me and was good. The rest were mostly so-so, some interesting ideas "The Door in the Wall" and "A Martian Odyssey" are both absolutely brilliant, well-written and creative stories helped by genius narration. In Door, the narrator is earnest yet conspiratorial, makes you feel like he really is telling you the story. It's intimate. In Odyssey, the 1930s American accent and diction are spot-on and have the same effect of completely drawing you in to a great story. "The Moon is Green" also surprised me and was good. The rest were mostly so-so, some interesting ideas but not blow-you-away stories. My notes as I went along: "The Door in the Wall" by H.G. Wells - Brilliant. Basically an earlier formulation of Every Heart a Doorway and very affecting. The narrator is perfect, combining with the structure to make it seem very intimate and almost conspiratorial. "All Cats Are Grey" by Andre Norton - Very short and didn't have the kind of plot impact I expected, the "twist" about the character's minor disability was very minor indeed. "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum - OMG I LOVE IT. The tone, the aliens that are completely alien, the turn at the end that doesn't really explain anything but made me laugh in surprise and made it somehow feel complete and satisfying. The narrator was perfect too, a perfect 1930s American accent and tone. "Victory" by Lester del Rey - Interesting military space opera, but it's a novella, not a short story, and it should've just been a novel. It reads like a novel with huge chunks of narrative cut out of it. And in an audio collection of short stories it's just SO LONG. "The Moon is Green" by Fritz Leiber - I wasn't impressed at first, but it gradually won me over with lovely imagery and good pacing and an impactful twist. "The Winds of Time" by J.H. Schmitz - Vaguely sexist, but found it strangely like a twisted Doctor Who story and found it mesmerizing for that reason. "The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick - Cool idea, but predictable, and I didn't like how human-centric it was. I was envisioning a majestic robot culture and I got weird baseless "everything will be fine for humans" assurances. "The Missing Link" by Frank Herbert - Didn't get this one at all. What happened that's supposed to be noteworthy?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ean

    Following 5 hours of reading this sci-fi I fell asleep in my sunroom. I woke at 3 a.m. under the large windows to the idea that I was being watched. As I groggily rose up from my place of rest my eyes caught terror. The reflection of 3 light fixtures in a triangular formation in the night sky sent my heart such a fright that it made a singular attempt to jump straight out my chest ! As I froze in place affixed upon that sight, reason eventually stepped in to proved my folly.... Surely 3 stars is Following 5 hours of reading this sci-fi I fell asleep in my sunroom. I woke at 3 a.m. under the large windows to the idea that I was being watched. As I groggily rose up from my place of rest my eyes caught terror. The reflection of 3 light fixtures in a triangular formation in the night sky sent my heart such a fright that it made a singular attempt to jump straight out my chest ! As I froze in place affixed upon that sight, reason eventually stepped in to proved my folly.... Surely 3 stars is much too high for this read... but I have an active enough imagination to make it so!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gord

    Some great classic SF, ending with Frank Herbert’s “Missing Link,” a typical, white man good story, that out and out disses, First Nations peoples. Ughh! Philip K Dick’s “The Defenders” offers an interesting take on ending war forever. Nice!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaine

    I have to agree with most of the reviewers that this is not a collection of great sci-fi. A couple stories are notable (“The Door in the Wall”, “Victory”, maybe “Missing Link”), but some of the others were painful. Classic authors, sure, but not their best work.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Great science fiction stories!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Professor

    Mostly fantastic short stories from the turn of the 20th century to the post war period. Well produced and worth a listen.

  13. 4 out of 5

    So-Cal Reader

    OK collection of short stories. Audiobook quality varies from story to story as each is read by a different person.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    Some are okay, some really?/

  15. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Eight science fiction tales from the pulp era of science fiction, where stories popped from the pages of magazines such as Astounding Tales. Each of the tales provides a different view of of science fiction, some of the stories more satisfying than others, but ultimately enjoyable. The most enjoyable story, Stanley G. Weinbum's "Martian Odessey", involves aliens doing alien things for alien reasons, a concept not investigated by most contemporary writers. Each story in the audiobook is competentl Eight science fiction tales from the pulp era of science fiction, where stories popped from the pages of magazines such as Astounding Tales. Each of the tales provides a different view of of science fiction, some of the stories more satisfying than others, but ultimately enjoyable. The most enjoyable story, Stanley G. Weinbum's "Martian Odessey", involves aliens doing alien things for alien reasons, a concept not investigated by most contemporary writers. Each story in the audiobook is competently narrated by a different person.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Blythe

    Just as the title says, this audio book included eight unabridged science fiction stories, all of which were rather fantastic. In "The Door in the Wall" by H. G. Wells, a gentleman relates the story of his friend, who wandered through a strange door in a wall as a child and discovered a magical garden and he spent the rest of his life desiring to go back. Not really scifi, but it was an enjoyable story. "All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton, is about a woman known for always having the inside scoo Just as the title says, this audio book included eight unabridged science fiction stories, all of which were rather fantastic. In "The Door in the Wall" by H. G. Wells, a gentleman relates the story of his friend, who wandered through a strange door in a wall as a child and discovered a magical garden and he spent the rest of his life desiring to go back. Not really scifi, but it was an enjoyable story. "All Cats Are Gray" by Andre Norton, is about a woman known for always having the inside scoop. She tells a spacer at a bar one evening that she knows where a spaceship, thought to be haunted or cursed, is going to be. The two go to investigate. This story was by far my favorite in the set. I loved the tone and the main character, who is very catlike in manner herself, is rather awesome. "Victory" by Lester del Rey presents a disturbing look at interplanetary war, showing just how ugly and how brutal war can be. It's very dark with not much light at the end of the tunnel. Even so, the way the story was told and the way the characters evolved in such a small space put this at the top of my list, too. "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum is about a spacer's adventures in the martian landscape after his ship crashes. The aliens in this are very alien to the point of being incomprehensible, and I like that the language barriers are an integral part of the story. "The Moon Is Green" by Fritz Leiber is a strange and haunting tale about a post-apocalyptic world. A woman is trapped behind lead shutters with the rest of humanity, due to the radioactive fallout from nuclear war. I loved it, even though I hated the voice of the actress who read the story, who would go from talking very soft (forcing me to turn up the volume), to suddenly being very loud (and thus blowing out my ears). "The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz is an adventure about a spaceship that is knocked out of regular space into the time stream. Lots of stereotypes abound -- mad scientist, strange and plucky and clever hero, woman who is only there to have someone for the hero to save and explain things to -- so not a great story, but was fun enough to keep me entertained. In "The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick, the people of earth are stuck beneath the surface, hiding from the radiation as their robotic servants work above ground to continue the war. Still a good story about the harmful nature of war, despite the more obvious moralizing tone. "Missing Link" by Frank Herbert was my least favorite of the collection. It involves the discovery of an alien race and how the humans approach them and tried to pull them into their federation. It annoyed me in the way humans come off as superior and how everyone interacts and all that. Only shrug-worthy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I like the story the Martian in this but otherwise did not like them very much. Too soldier space war mentality.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Lackey

    A few of these were decent or had decent elements, but the collection contained too much moralizing about war. A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum was good, and I liked Victory by Lester Del Rey and The Defenders by Philip K. Dick.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    None of these stories were impressive. Even the ones by Philip Dick and Frank Herbert, who I love, weren't anything special. The one by Wells seemed like a strange choice, though. It seemed more like a fantasy story, about a guy stepping into the land of Faeries. Maybe it was included because back then there wasn't much separation between fantasy and science fiction. If it was just because of Wells's name, they could have easily found ACTUAL science fiction from Wells. I'm thinking more and more t None of these stories were impressive. Even the ones by Philip Dick and Frank Herbert, who I love, weren't anything special. The one by Wells seemed like a strange choice, though. It seemed more like a fantasy story, about a guy stepping into the land of Faeries. Maybe it was included because back then there wasn't much separation between fantasy and science fiction. If it was just because of Wells's name, they could have easily found ACTUAL science fiction from Wells. I'm thinking more and more that I just don't like old school SF. It's just not chaotic, dynamic, or wierd enough. Also, the characters tend to be paper thin or the same kind of "tough as nails engineer".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ob-jonny

    This a collection of classic science fiction short stories and 4 out of the group were really good. They mostly had to do with interactions between humans and aliens and it is really cool to read completely new ideas on this beyond what we're used to like in Star Trek and Star Wars. The characters had a sense of humor which made them seem more realistic and human than the more formal interactions in shows like Star Trek. The 4 stories listed below were fascinating but the others weren't really w This a collection of classic science fiction short stories and 4 out of the group were really good. They mostly had to do with interactions between humans and aliens and it is really cool to read completely new ideas on this beyond what we're used to like in Star Trek and Star Wars. The characters had a sense of humor which made them seem more realistic and human than the more formal interactions in shows like Star Trek. The 4 stories listed below were fascinating but the others weren't really worth listening to. A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz The Defenders by Philip K. Dick Missing Link by Frank Herbert

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    I'm not sure how classic some of these stories are, and one, certainly, isn't science fiction, but the readings are very good, and the tales pass the time adequately -- although there's a rather depressing accent on the effects of ultimate war. The centerpiece here is probably Lester Del Rey's short novella "Victory," one of two stories that use the aftermath of war to mull over the maturing of civilizations -- a hopeful note sounded that is hardly borne out by the childish behavior of mankind i I'm not sure how classic some of these stories are, and one, certainly, isn't science fiction, but the readings are very good, and the tales pass the time adequately -- although there's a rather depressing accent on the effects of ultimate war. The centerpiece here is probably Lester Del Rey's short novella "Victory," one of two stories that use the aftermath of war to mull over the maturing of civilizations -- a hopeful note sounded that is hardly borne out by the childish behavior of mankind in the time since these stories were written. For my part, I wouldn't mind more audio anthologies of older stories like these.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This collection was an awesome, eclectic bit of classic science fiction. My favorite tale was by Andre Norton, featuring Stina and Bat (btw: it was the only tale featuring a woman as the protagonist). The ostrich-like Martian was probably my favorite character (Weinbaum did a great job of breaking down communication to its basic elements). Missing Link by Herbert was a very satisfying tale to end the collection with. A great mix of stories; aliens, time travel, apocalyptic rehab; the narrators we This collection was an awesome, eclectic bit of classic science fiction. My favorite tale was by Andre Norton, featuring Stina and Bat (btw: it was the only tale featuring a woman as the protagonist). The ostrich-like Martian was probably my favorite character (Weinbaum did a great job of breaking down communication to its basic elements). Missing Link by Herbert was a very satisfying tale to end the collection with. A great mix of stories; aliens, time travel, apocalyptic rehab; the narrators were awesome; several favorite authors were featured. However, nearly all the stories a) had zero females or b) the women were minimized or needed rescuing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Dion

    This is an enjoyable and varied selection of classic scifi stories. It includes: "The Door in the Wall" by H.G. Wells "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley Weinbaum "Victory" by Lester del Rey "The Moon is Green" by Fritz Lieber "The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz "The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick "Missing Link" by Frank Herbert "All Cats are Gray" by Andre Norton I found "The Door in the Wall" by H.G. Wells to be particularly poignant and moving. That story is old enough that you can find it for free onlin This is an enjoyable and varied selection of classic scifi stories. It includes: "The Door in the Wall" by H.G. Wells "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley Weinbaum "Victory" by Lester del Rey "The Moon is Green" by Fritz Lieber "The Winds of Time" by James H. Schmitz "The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick "Missing Link" by Frank Herbert "All Cats are Gray" by Andre Norton I found "The Door in the Wall" by H.G. Wells to be particularly poignant and moving. That story is old enough that you can find it for free online, if you're interested.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    i listened to this as an audio book, and as the title says it contains "classic" science fiction short stories by H. G. Wells, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Lester Del Rey, Fritz Leiber, James Schmitz, Philip K. Dick, and Frank Herbert. The stories are mostly about people coming across weird aliens of various kinds. I prefer more modern sci-fi with futuristic technology and societies. But if you're a fan of these authors you'd probably like this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    3 stars. A fun romp from the beginnings to science fiction through the seventies or eighties. Most of the stories hold up in and of themselves, but several can be dated by the interactions between male and female characters. The few stories featuring females often show them as the sterotypical 50's housewife - a homemaker with no job who is there to serve the husband. Other than that, the stories themselves are quite enjoyable and just long (and short) enough to keep you satisfied. 3½ stars. A fun romp from the beginnings to science fiction through the seventies or eighties. Most of the stories hold up in and of themselves, but several can be dated by the interactions between male and female characters. The few stories featuring females often show them as the sterotypical 50's housewife - a homemaker with no job who is there to serve the husband. Other than that, the stories themselves are quite enjoyable and just long (and short) enough to keep you satisfied.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    As advertised in the book's title, this is a collection of some great science fiction tales by some of the masters of the sci fi genre. I think my favorite was the H.G. Wells story entitled "The Door in the Wall." That story resonated with me and my desire to return and recapture what's been lost. It made me think of returning to Eden and this very human desire and longing we have for another world.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Randorff

    I finally gave up on this book after a fantastic HG Wells story, then another very good story by another author, and then three-and-a-half very poor stories. Was the last story any good? I guess I will never know. Note to Publisher: Sticking a mediocre story in a compilation with another great author does not make the mediocre story better by association.

  28. 5 out of 5

    scherzo♫

    The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells All Cats are Gray by Andre Norton A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum Victory by Lester Del Rey The Moon is Green by Fritz Leiber The Winds of Time by James H. Schmitz The Defenders by Philip K. Dick Missing Link by Frank Herbert

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alycia

    I always enjoy audiobooks of short stories. Some of course are better than others, but there are ones that aren't to be missed in this collection! 'A Martian Odyssey' and 'Victory' were the ones that caught my attention.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    Some great stories by the heavyweights of 20th century sci-fi. Highlights include H.G. Wells' The Door in the Wall, Frank Herbert's The Missing Link, and James Schmitz's The Winds of Time. Andre Norton's All Cats are Grey is the most obviously dated, yet still so much fun.

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