Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Five Sci-Fi Short Stories by H. Beam Piper

Official Blurb

Five short stories by classic science fiction writer H. Beam Piper.

Recorded by Mark Nelson

My Review

The official blurb on this one doesn't give much away does it! The short stories here are "almost" a set. The first first four are all time travel stories that appear to come from the same universe involving the para-time travellers in various capacities, from police men to miners.

Each is engaging and an absorbing listen although the stories are showing their age. For instance I find it hard to imagine a future where everyone smokes! That aside these are classic sci fi stories well written.

The last story in the set IS a short story in itself but I'd heard it before as part of a bigger story. I believe the author must have expanded this short story into a full length novel at some time. I've reviewed that novel and gave it 9 out of 9.

The reading and production of this collection is outstanding, the reader Mark Nelson has done an outstanding job one again.

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 7/9

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Listen to the first story