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Flux: Tales of Human Futures Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Orson Scott Card, J. Paul Boehmer, Arte Johnson, Stefan Rudnicki, others, Don Leslie, Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Maps in a Mirror Series Release Date:
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This second volume of Orson Scott Card’s five-volume anthology of short stories features seven tales exploring possible future scenarios for the human race.

A Thousand Deaths
In Soviet-occupied America, Jerry Crove is found guilty and convicted of knowing about the planned assassination of a Russian high official and not reporting it to the authorities. Instead of a forced confession and apology on television, he gives a speech on American freedom. His sentence is to be repeatedly put to death and brought back to life until he apologizes convincingly.

Clap Hands and Sing
An old man travels back in time to fall in love with a women he let get away.

A man hacks into a government database using a system administrator’s password. But getting the code right turns out to be very wrong.

But We Try Not to Act like It
A man complains to the television office that he cannot turn off his TV and that it—especially the soap operas—disturbs him in his attempts to read, his preferred activity. He’s told that he’ll be allowed to turn off the TV only if he changes his social status by making some friends or developing a sexual relationship.

I Put My Blue Genes
Earth, now an uninhabitable wasteland of biological warfare, is revisited by a contingent of humans who find a small band of “not-quite-human” beings still fighting an enemy that has long since been annihilated.

In the Doghouse
Aliens from a doomed planet relocate to Earth, having preserved only their intellectually superior minds. Forbidden by their moral code from killing another sentient being, they choose Earth’s widely beloved dogs as their new vessels—but they soon find out what it means to “be in the doghouse.”

The Originist
In this story set in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation universe, a brilliant scientist working on a thorny problem is referred to the Galactic Library, an indexing project of astonishing breadth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The award-winning author of Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, and the Alvin Maker series demonstrates his talent for shorter fiction in this collection of forty-six stories that range from fantasy and SF to horror and theological speculation…Detailed introductions and afterwords reveal insights into the thought processes of one of the genre’s most convincing storytellers. An important volume; for most libraries.”

    Library Journal on the anthology

  • “Definitive…A series of introductions and afterwords offering Card’s thoughts on his life and his writing are as absorbing as the stories.”

    Publishers Weekly 

Listener Reviews

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Jami | 8/16/2013

    " Although I really enjoyed almost all the first volume of Maps in a Mirror, the second volume couldn't keep my attention. I really, really enjoyed the first story, however, A Thousand Deaths. I will remember that one for a while, and have told many people about it already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by ruby | 11/17/2012

    " This book of short stories is pretty mind blowing. The last story, Flux, is a total play on an interactive internet before the internet was ever created. This book really inspires you to think about what is free will and what our future brings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Chris | 10/1/2012

    " Great sci-fi stories; "A Thousand Deaths" was especially memorable, and it alone makes this book worth owning. Most of the others except for a couple are great too, but the Foundation novella is only going to interest those who have read a few of Asimov's Foundation books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jared | 7/5/2012

    " Orson Scoot Card writes some interesting short stories -- and this is a collection of some of them -- but he also writes a lot of disturbing ones -- and this is a collection of some of those, too. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his family.

About the Narrators

J. 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 eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and was named a finalist for Audie Awards in 2003 and 2012. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Arte Johnson is an American comic actor who starred regularly on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. He also has narrated numerous audiobooks, including Mac Barnett’s Brixton Brothers series.

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two 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.

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than six hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has been honored with several Audie Awards and named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.