Stories from the Golden Age
Chuck Lambert is a naïve dreamer who only wants to own a planet—easy pray for Madman Murphy—King of Planetary Realtors. After paying for eleven long years to get his planet, he finds there is something the matter with its matter. But what annoys him now might just be gold on Earth.
Includes: “The Conroy Diary,” “The Planet Makers” and “The Obsolete Weapon”
“Humor runs through this audio performance, enhanced by sound effects and much laughter.” —AudioFileLearn More
Firstin Guide leads a small band of Martian colonists who narrowly escape the tyranny of an Earth government that has all but slaughtered them. After finding a new, habitable planet, Firstin and the men of the new colony return to Earth to exact revenge despite the dire warnings against it.
Includes: “Strain” and “The Invaders”
“Hubbard . . . was also an honest-to-goodness hard-SF writer, and Beyond All Weapons shows him at his cutting-edge best.” —Robert J. SawyerLearn More
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Women. Liquor. Power.
Women. Liquor. Power.
That is Fanner Marston’s mantra—his reason for being—and while he knows a little about the first and a lot about the second, he may well be on the verge of learning everything there is to know about the third. Power. He may, in fact, be about to uncover the key to gaining absolute control over the entire universe. The only problem is, Fanner is certifiably insane—a crazed Peter Lorre on a power trip….
His starship has crash-landed, and he’s the sole survivor, which doesn’t matter to him. Driven by greed and lust for power, wracked by thirst, hunger and pain, all he cares about is reaching the ancient city of Parva and making himself at home. Because there lies The Great Secret to universal domination—and what’s a little suffering on the road to becoming God?
Does Fanner have a prayer? The writing’s on the walls of Parva—and you won’t believe what it says. . . .
By the spring of 1938, Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to genres that were new, and essentially foreign, to him—science fiction and fantasy. The rest is SciFi history.
Also includes the Science Fiction adventures, The Space Can, in which a decrepit space battleship is a civilian fleet’s only defense; The Beast, the tale of a hunter in the jungles of Venus, chasing an immoral beast; and The Slaver, in which an alien race has enslaved the human race, but can’t repress the power of human love.
“Originally published in 1943 but shows no signs of age.” —Publishers WeeklyLearn More
The Empire State Building has just disappeared! So have Grant’s Tomb and Grand Central Station . . . and the only one close to discovering why, is grizzled World‑Journal reporter Pop. Unfortunately, he’s being muscled out of the news business by the publisher’s incompetent son‑in‑law. Now Pop just needs to keep his job long enough to break the story of a lifetime!
Includes: “Battle of Wizards” and “The Dangerous Dimension”
“Clever and funny, with moments of evocative imagery.” —BooklistLearn More
Mother Earth faces her last days in the grip of global environmental catastrophe. The skies fill with caustic iron and belching smoke. The planet is utterly depleted of natural resources. Grand President Mankin can only hope that three desperate missions sent to the deepest reaches of the cosmos will find help from the far-flung colonial civilizations before the planet dies.
Includes: “Tough Old Man” and “Battling Bolto”
“Reading for the sheer joy, pleasure and fun that good escapist fiction is all about.” —Luke ReviewsLearn More