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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: Greg Bear, Donald Kingsbury, Poul Anderson Narrator: various narrators, Vikas Adam, J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer, Susan Hanfield, Alex Hyde-White, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Skyboat Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781483031958
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Five novellas of hard science fiction by five modern masters of the form

From Nebula Award winner Gregory Benford comes this ambitious hard SF anthology that collects five original novellas. Each one takes the very long view—all are set at least ten thousand years in the future. The authors take a rigorously scientific view of such grand panoramas, confronting the largest issues of cosmology, astronomy, evolution, and biology.

The last moments of a universe beseiged occupy Greg Bear’s Judgment Engine. Can something human matter at the very end of creation, as contorted matter ceases to have meaning and time itself stutters to an eerie halt?

Genesis by Poul Anderson is set a billion years ahead, when humanity has become extinct. Earth is threatened by the slowly warming sun, and vast machine intelligences decide to recreate humans.

Donald Kingsbury contributes Historical Crisis, a starting work on the prediction of the human future that challenges the foundations of psychohistory, as developed in Isaac Asimov's famous Foundation Trilogy.

Joe Haldeman’s For White Hill confronts humanity with hostile aliens who remorselessly grind down every defense against them. A lone artist struggles to find a place in this distant, wondrous future when humanity seems doomed.

In At the Eschaton by Charles Sheffield, a man tries to rescue his dying wife from oblivion by hurling himself forward, in both space and time, to the very end of the universe itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Far Futures is the kind of science fiction that got me reading SF in the first place. These stories have all the dazzling sweep of Golden Age SF, combined with the sensitive characterizations and complex moralities of a genre finally grown up. Not to be missed.”

    Nancy Kress, Nebula Award–winning author

  • “Most notable about all of these oft-apocalyptic novellas—excluding their common acceptance that organic life is destined to be superseded—is their essential vivacity. This volume presents five glorious adventures bound to delight anyone with an abiding curiosity about the distant future.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Five novellas by veteran authors of hard SF focus on imaginary far futures and explore the death of the universe, the end of time, and the evolution of human consciousness….These selections challenge the boundaries of the imagination. A strong addition for most libraries’ SF collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Fictional scenarios of the remotely distant future, such as Stapledon’s classic Last and First Men, are rare in sf, perhaps because humans, at least in their current form, aren’t expected to last that long. To fill this void, editor Benford offers five novellas by leading hard-sf veterans that safeguard the human perspective while reaching ten thousand years and more into the future…A superb collection that stretches sf to its imaginative limits.”

    Booklist

  • “Excellent…A must for any fan of hard SF or good storytelling of any genre.”

    Starlog

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About the Author
Author Greg Bear

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army, the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.

About the Narrators

Vikas Adam has numerous credits in theater, film, and television. His fifty-plus audiobooks span genres and include The City of Devi, A Free Man, The Far Pavilions, Ender’s Game Alive: The Audioplay, Dreams and Shadows, and Tesla’s Attic. He’s an Audie nominee and Earphones Award recipient. He has a BFA in theater from Syracuse University and an MFA in acting from UCLA, where he’s a lecturer in the theater department.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Susan Hanfield is an Audie Award–winning narrator who comes from a strong classical theater background and loves bringing deep characterizations to all of her work. She has narrated over twenty books, including Ru Emerson’s six-book Night-Threads series. On camera, she has been seen commercially and in numerous international, national, and regional network spots. She also played the title character in Magdalene, an award-winning short film.

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.