The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume 1 – Audiobook Review

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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame (Volume 1, 1929-1964)
Edited by: Robert Silverberg
Includes Stories by: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury and many more.
Narrators: Various
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Unabridged: 28 hours and 9 minutes
Genre: Classic Science Fiction


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

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 criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for The Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.

Robert Heinlein in “The Roads Must Roll” describes an industrial civilization of the future caught up in the deadly flaws of its own complexity. “Country of the Kind,” by Damon Knight, is a frightening portrayal of biological mutation. “Nightfall,” by Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest stories in the science fiction field, is the story of a planet where the sun sets only once every millennium and is a chilling study in mass psychology.

Originally published in 1970 to honor those writers and their stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Volume One, was the book that introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction. Too long unavailable, this new edition will treasured by all science fiction fans everywhere.



Clocking in at over 28 hours, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was an incredibly easy listen that seem to fly by over the course of a few days. Offering a wider range of stories accompanied by varying narrators, I quite enjoyed my time with this collection.

While it is always difficult to review anthologies (particularly of this size) I did want to share a few thoughts on this one, as many have been such a miss for me lately. When I discover a collection that feels well-balanced and overall rewarding, I want to hand it the spotlight for a few.

With that stated, I do feel it is important to mention that Volume 1 is not without flaws. As to be expected, there are times the narration missed the mark or the true age of the material was inevitably felt. Also, I received an MP3 file from the publisher, so there was a lot of information that was not accessible in terms of biographies. Several stories that were multiple files in length, actually downloaded out of order. This was a frustration to work through and I fear I missed some titles. But none of this was enough to take away from the enjoyment of a fantastic collection of sci-fi classics.


Supplied in easily digestible chunks, this anthology takes the reader on a journey that begins in 1929 and end in 1964. There are the notorious tales of androids and psychic abilities gone bad to space craft stowaways that challenge our moral obligations and stories where protagonists face situations with universal ramifications. Each story feels unique and challenges the reader (listener) on some varying emotional level. And as good science fiction does, there are many subtle and not so subtle messages  contained throughout that explore humanity on a multifaceted spectrum.

A few of my favorites included:

A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum
Helen O’Loy by Lester del Rey
The Quest for Saint Aquin by Anthony Boucher
The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke
It’s a Good Life by Jerome Bixby
The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin
Fondly Fahrenheit by Alfred Bester

Even with the obstacles I encountered, I can easily say that this a collection of great value for all fans of science fiction! I will definitely be picking up a physical copy of this anthology for my shelves at first opportunity and look forward to exploring later volumes.

*I would like to thank audiojukebox and the publisher for my copy. The above review is my own, unbiased and honest opinion.

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Enjoyed over several cups of chamomile tea with a hint of lavender.

Purchase Links: Book Depository

Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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17 thoughts on “The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume 1 – Audiobook Review

  1. You know, this sounds like something I’d really like to read. I’ve probably read at least half the stories in other collections, but I since I didn’t recognize half the stories you mentioned as favorites, I suspect this contains a bunch I’ve never run across.
    This would make for a great “lunch” book at work!

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      1. I’ve added this one to my amazon wishlist, so once the cc points get up there, I’ll be getting this for sure.
        I see they also have a 2 volume edition of novella’s in the same series, so if I like this one, those are definitely going to be added 🙂

        And this is why bookfriends are a good thing!

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  2. I took out a big volume like this from the library but I think the size was a little too intimidating and I couldn’t bring myself to pick it up enough to make an real progress. Maybe audio is the way to go with something like that.

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  3. I’ve always wondered about some of these sci fi anthologies, having read very little of them. And some of these classics, like Asimov and whoever- I’ve read so little of their stuff I wonder am I really an SF fan lol? So it’s cool to see a review like this! I bet this would look great on the shelf too.

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    1. Nah, I love scifi and find I am just now able to really appreciate some of the classics now in my older age 😉 I attempted authors like this several years ago and failed to connect. Now I devour them! Well.. most of them. Sometimes the dated material is still hard to get through.


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