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Author: Terry Bisson Narrator: Janis Ian, Stefan Rudnicki, Kristoffer Tabori Publisher: Skyboat Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781483032078
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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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  • 1.333333 out of 51.333333 out of 51.333333 out of 51.333333 out of 51.333333 out of 5 nAlan | 7/29/2020

    " This is a nice collection of 19 stories by Terry Bisson stories and there is a large dash of often wry humor in most. I bought it because I recognized two stories (Bears Discover Fire, and They’re Made Out of Meat) from years ago when I was using the now defunct Fictionwise web site to download many stories. I am happy to say that Terry Brooks wit shines in the other stories of this collection. There are several narrators, and each seems appropriate to the individual story. "

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

Janis Ian is a singer, songwriter, and author. She is best known for her 1975 hit single, “At Seventeen,” which won a Grammy Award. She won a second Grammy in 2013 for the narration of her 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 and three Earphones Awards. His first solo narration won the 1993 Audie Award for best audiobook of the year.