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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Bisson Narrator: Janis Ian, Kristoffer Tabori, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Skyboat Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781483032061
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A brilliant collection by SF master Terry Bisson

Bears Discover Fire is the first short-story collection by the most acclaimed science fiction writer of the decade, the author of such brilliant novels as Talking Man and Voyage to the Red Planet. It brings together nineteen of Terry Bisson’s finest works for the first time in one volume, among them the darkly comic title story, which garnered some of the field’s highest honors, including the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “His quick jabs to the funny bone and the intellect often are more powerful than many a lesser artist’s attempt at a knockout punch.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Bisson’s prose is a wonder of seemingly effortless control and precision; he is one of science fiction’s most promising short-story practitioners.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this darkly comedic audio collection of futuristic stories, a dynamic trio of narrators brings diverse skills. The outlandish tales are written in an unnervingly realistic fashion, and the narrators provide an enticing combination of wit, verisimilitude, and empathy. Stefan Rudnicki’s somber rolling bass nicely offsets Kristoffer Tabori’s raspy charm, which works to great effect in their collaboration on ‘They’re Made Out of Meat.’ Janis Ian’s robust tones and subtle delivery make her an excellent match for sinister and earnest characters alike, and she particularly shines in ‘Press Ann,’ especially as the sentient ATM. Alternating narrators from story to story helps to separate worlds, while frank tones and attention to detail keep listeners anchored to the bizarre and disturbing events.”


  • “These nineteen stories showcase the varied talents of a skilled and as yet unjaded writer.”

    Library Journal

  • “Brilliantly original…Every story showcases Bisson’s keen intelligence and distinctive gift for deliciously wry prose…Highly recommendable.”


  • “Bisson’s distinctive style and priceless imagination lift his work to an altogether more exalted plane.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Terry Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author. His many novels include Talking Man, Fire on the Mountain, Voyage to the Red Planet, Pirates of the Universe, and The Pickup Artist. His 1990 short story “Bears Discover Fire” won a Hugo and Nebula award, and his all-dialogue story “They’re Made out of Meat” is one of the most widely-reprinted SF stories of the last several decades. He has also published several volumes of short fiction, including Bears Discover Fire, and Other StoriesIn the Upper Room, and Other Likely Stories; and Greetings.

About the Narrators
Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer and author, Janis Ian took the stage at age fifteen with a revolutionary song about interracial relationships, "Society's Child." It was 1966 and the country responded with both hostility and accolades. The song went to #1, and Janis was caught in the maelstrom of a divided country. Terrified by the hatred directed at her, she left the music industry, only to return a few years later with the worldwide hit "At Seventeen." The story never ends--her songs are currently used by artists as diverse as Bette Midler, John Mellencamp, and Celine Dion; she tours the world regularly to sold-out crowds, and she is considered one of the pre-eminent acoustic guitarists of our era by such notables as Chet Atkins. In addition to being a songwriter, singer and musician, Janis Ian is a columnist and author. Her books include science fiction, poetry, magazine articles and opinion columns, as well as her top-selling autobiography, "Society's Child".

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Kristoffer Tabori made his screen debut when he was six years old and appeared on Broadway for the first time at age sixteen. He has garnered numerous honors for his stage, screen, television, and radio acting and directing, including an Emmy. His first solo narration won the 1993 Audie Award for best audiobook of the year.