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.

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Danielle ❤

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Mini Reviews: Tor Books

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I have decided to start the week of on a lighter note with several small recaps of some recent short stories/novellas I have completed. As I mentioned not too long ago, these brief encounters offer me a chance to cleanse the “palate”. Particularly when I am combating a slump or finding myself indecisive. Often more so than not, that right short story will point in the best direction 😉

Tor Books

With an affection for all things fantasy and sci-fi, I am certainly no stranger to Tor Books and As many of you probably know, they boast some incredible reads. They also happen to publish a very wide and rewarding range of short stories and novellas. I will often turn to Tor when seeking a casual, quick read. So not too surprisingly, this week’s short story collection happens to be all Tor titles.

burdenA Burden Shared
By Jo Walton


This is a very brief story with a strong residual after effect. Portraying a life where we are given the ability to transfer pain between individuals, it shows the effects of a family choosing to share a daughter’s burden. A Burden Shared raises significant questions and addresses the importance and value of our own pain. As a mother and a woman living with chronic illness, this was an amazingly heavy hitter at only 19 pages.

mdiplopiaMental Diplopia
By Julianna Baggott


This is an elegantly sad tale that explores the downfall of humanity during a unique virus that returns people to their past memories before eventually killing them. At only 31 pages in length, I feel this one should be left to explore without further insight. Haunting and lingering.


deaddjinnA Dead Djinn in Cairo
By P. Djeli Clark


While maybe the least memorable of my recent short story reads, A Dead Djinn in Cairo still packs a nice punch. Set in 19th century Cairo, surrounding the investigation of, you guessed it, a dead djinn, this story cleverly spins elements of the supernatural and mythical into a fast paced and fun urban fantasy that goes off without a hitch.

motoHello, Moto
By Nnedi Okorafor


Okay, I am convinced I will read anything with this author’s name on it. Ever since I began Binti, I am hooked on her ability to weave fascinating stories that offer a nice dose of diversity and unexpected elements. Here she has combined witchcraft and science to create a brilliant story in the mere span of 16 pages.

Have you read any of these or would you? What, if any, short stories have you read recently?

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Danielle ❤

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Mini Reviews: Binti, Robots VS Fairies & This World is Full of Monsters

mini-reviews.pngI have been reading quite a few anthologies, novellas & short stories of late. While I often enjoy these titles, we all know that attempting to provide a full, in-depth review can be challenging. So it is time for another round of Mini Reviews.

bintiBinti (Binti #1)
By Nnedi Okorafor
Genre: Science Fiction


Thoughts: This is a brilliantly executed science fiction novella that manages to pack a lot of diversity into a small amount of time. It successfully navigates self discovery, culture and tradition all while tackling the heavy topic of war and its remnants. Binti is bold and defiant (much like its self titled protagonist) with a fast pace, creating an immersive experience, that quite honestly ends too soon. I have already picked up the next two titles as well as a few others by the author. I would love to see these combined into a full length novel.


Robots vs. Fairies
By Dominik Parisien ((Editor), Navah Wolfe (Editor)
Publisher: Saga Press
Genre: Anthology/Sci-fi,Fantasy

Challenge Prompt: A book by 2 authors (ok this was more, but I think an anthology counts?)


Thoughts: This is a collection of short stories centered around, you guessed it; robots and fairies. Who is superior? Featuring a familiar cast of sci-fi and fantasy writers, it offers an entertaining and easy read. I was expecting a bit more complexity than what was delivered, but the end result was still worth the few days I invested. Maybe not memorable, but delightful. A few of my favorite short stories included: QUALITY TIME by Ken Liu, BREAD AND MILK AND SALT by Sarah Gailey & THE BURIED GIANT by Lavie Tidhar
*I think I may be team robot based on the stories I favored, but that is debatable 😉

worldThe World is Full of Monsters
By Jeff Vandermeer
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Science Fiction


Thoughts: First of all, let us take a moment to admire that cover. Yeah? OK, so I connected really well with Borne and quickly established that Vandermeer seems to have a knack for the bizarre.  This was no exception. If anything, it really takes the unnatural talent and showcases it. But with that being said, for such a short read, it requires a bit of effort. The writing is superfluous at times, drawing out more than I felt necessary. Yet tucked within still lies those hidden messages. The problem here, is finding the patience to reveal them. I feel that Vandermeer’s writing is left open to the readers own interpretations and will impact each in a very different manner.

You can actually read this one for free on right now. Check it out here.

Have you read any anthologies, novellas or even short stories that appealed to you recently? I find that they are necessary from time to time to sort of cleanse the reading “palate” and shake things up. Do you have any recommendations?

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Danielle ❤

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