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Ben Bova

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Narrated By: Ben Bova, Efrem Zimbalist, Alex Hyde-White, Stefan Rudnicki, Paul Boehmer, Orson Scott Card, Grover Gardner, John Rubinstein, Gabrielle de Cuir, Arthur Morey, various narrators, Steven Hoye

Duration: 9 hours and 35 minutes

What to expect

In this new collection, Ben Bova has compiled fourteen of his favorite short stories. Each story includes an all-new introduction with compelling insight into the narrative.

Exploring the boundaries of the genre, Bova not only writes of spaceships, aliens, and time travel in most of his titles, but also speculates on the beginnings of science fiction in “Scheherazade and the Storytellers,” as well as the morality of man in “The Angel’s Gift.” Stories such as “The Café Coup” and “We’ll Always Have Paris” dip into speculative historical fiction, asking questions about what would happen if someone could change history for the better. This expansive collection is a key addition for Bova fans and sci-fi lovers alike!

Stories included in this collection: “Monster Slayer,” “Muzhestvo,” “We’ll Always Have Paris,” “The Great Moon Hoax, or A Princess of Mars,” “Inspiration,” “Scheherazade and the Storytellers,” “The Supersonic Zeppelin,” “Mars Farts,” “The Man Who Hated Gravity,” “Sepulcher,” “The Café Coup,” “The Angel’s Gift,” “Waterbot,” and “Sam and the Flying Dutchman.”


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“Ben Bova was my primary gateway to science fiction, and so many of these stories have been dear to me for as long as I’ve been a serious fan of science fiction—and they’ve remained so after twenty years of being an editor. This volume is an ideal introduction to the works of this science fiction legend!”

John Joseph Adams, Hugo Award–winning editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and Lightspeed magazine

“This is a great collection! I’d missed some of these.”

Larry Niven

“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.”

Los Angeles Daily News

“The author’s excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of our most accessible and entertaining storytellers.”

Library Journal

“This book is the work of a gifted storyteller putting on a grand display of his versatility. Bova’s fans will rejoice at this collection, and newcomers will find it a great introduction to the works of one of the grand masters of science fiction.”

Booklist (starred review)

“[The stories] are all eminently entertaining and very well-crafted, and together represent a worldview of optimism and triumph over adversity that was once considered synonymous with science fiction…A bridge between the oldest roots of SF and its twenty-first-century forms, still enjoyable and admirable.”

Paul Di Filippo, Locus

“This collection of short stories features several standouts…This collection has something for all sf readers…Bova is one of the grand masters of the field, and this anthology reflects the breadth of his writing. Recommended for readers seeking an introduction to the author, and for libraries that do not own a more complete collection.”