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The SF&F lives up to its normal high standards with this collection of short stories, but somehow the editor has decided to skip author and title of each story. This detracts from the overall impression. Other than that I feel this is a good read, as long as you're prepared for it to be read as one continouos story.
This is a fine collection. The narration is also good. The one REALLY annoying characteristic is that there is no break between stories. No announcement of author, title, date etc. The next story just starts in with even less pause than between sentences within a story. If it were not for the fact that the narrator changes, you would not even be able to tell only by listening when one ends and the next one starts.
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1 “This is Audible” Introduction.
2 "The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke, read by Siddig El Fadil.
3 "Fat Farm" by Orson Scott Card, read by Roddy McDowall.
4 "Our Lady of the Sauropods" by Robert Silverberg.
5 "Options" by John Varley, read by Claudia Christian.
6 "Why I Left Harry's All Night Hamburgers" by Lawrence Watt-Evans, read by Wil Wheaton.
7 "The Poplar Street Study" by Karen Joy Fowler, read by Terry Farrell
8 "Skin Deep" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, read by Robin Curtis.
9 "Permafrost" by Roger Zelazny, read by Siddig El Fadil.
10 "Feedback" by Joe Haldeman, read by Nana Visitor.
Review of “Options” by John Varley
I wanted to listen to this collection because of one story: “Options” by John Varley. “Options” is one of Varley’s 8-Worlds stories and fits early in the overall chronology, circa 100 O.E., Occupation Earth. Varley handles the subject of what would happen to society if easy, safe and completely reversible sex-changing were to become a reality. When this was written in 1979 is was far more shocking and fantastic that is may seem today. The wonder of the story is that Varley manages to take the reader, or listener in this case, from the initial reaction of shock and disgust to the point of empathy for the sex-changing character. Varley is one of the science fiction greats. Listen to this story and you will hear why.
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