Short Science Fiction Collection 019

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.3 stars; 91 reviews)

Science Fiction is speculative literature that generally explores the consequences of ideas which are roughly consistent with nature and scientific method, but are not facts of the author’s contemporary world. The stories often represent philosophical thought experiments presented in entertaining ways. Protagonists typically “think” rather than “shoot” their way out of problems, but the definition is flexible because there are no limits on an author’s imagination. The reader-selected stories presented here were written prior to 1962 and became US public domain texts when their copyrights expired. (Summary by Gregg Margarite) (4 hr 41 min)


All Cats are Gray 15:34 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Beyond Lies the Wub 16:11 Read by Tom Hackett
The Gallery 40:33 Read by Ted Ryan
The Happy Unfortunate 39:09 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
The Man Who Saw the Future 33:15 Read by Xanderphillips
A Matter of Proportion 37:16 Read by Dale A. Bade
The Sargasso of Space 49:37 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
Something Will Turn Up 16:35 Read by Bellona Times
Stopover 22:57 Read by Bellona Times
Toy Shop 10:16 Read by Xanderphillips


The search that found LibriVox for me

(5 stars)

Searching for a short story I wanted to reread: about the sargasso sea being a sort of Bermuda triangle of doldrums and the floating, weird seaweed called sargasso which according to the tale attracts ships and traps them for eternity. There is even a 'wreck-pack': it seems the drifting ships clump together in a multi-epoch collision of everything from every land and time, kind of like the otr show ESCAPE. ;-) turns out to be the story called ?THE BOATS OF THE GLEN CARRIG? (apparently only avail in hard copy) came up on, with THE SARGASSO OF SPACE here. I was enthralled. I was many times more impressed by LibriVox. It truly has brightened my life, audiobookworm and autodidact from way back. I uninstall down to the android bone or whatever the little suckers have, all sacrificed to LV. My tablet needs repair from exhaustion of the headphone jack. Please do yourself a favor and explore these wonderful public domain archives when next looking to your puter for entertainment. Thanks, volunteers!

A good selection

(4 stars)

The Sargaso of Space was the stand out from this collection. Best of several readings I’ve heard of Toy Shop. Some other good stories too.

Mixed bag

(3 stars)

Mixed bad if Sci Fi, variable quality of both readers and storys.

The Gallery

(5 stars)

This story is psychedelic.... The Gallery.