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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Matheson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781470803339
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Now a major motion starring Hugh Jackman, here is a new short story collection by the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend.

Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots. Richard Matheson’s classic short story, “Steel,” is the inspiration for Real Steel, a new movie starring Hugh Jackman.

But Matheson’s story, which was previously filmed as an episode of the original Twilight Zone television series, is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, which includes two new stories never before collected in a book. Also featured is a satirical fantasy, “The Splendid Source,” which was recently turned into an episode of Family Guy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stands as a testament to Matheson’s literary longevity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “‘Steel’ is the excellent lead-off in this collection of more than a dozen Matheson gems, all brought to life with terrific drama, heart, and edge by Scott Brick. Holding their own amid his fantastic plots, Matheson’s main characters always have specific, memorable personalities. Brick makes the most of those detailed characterizations.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hobbes | 2/12/2014

    " This was an interesting collection of stories. I admit I picked it up after the movie Real Steel to see if the movie was anything like the story. The both involved robot boxing was the only similarity. In the story the boxer is an out-dated, broken down model due for a fight. The mechanic tells the owner that this fight will probably be the last and not even a very good one. The owner dons the armor of the robot and fights the fight himself. This is not a story about triumph, it is a story about human stubbornness and stupidity. Most of the stories are. In futuristic settings with amazing technology and human nature does not change. We remain stubborn, petty, selfish, and arrogant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 luciddreamer99 | 2/11/2014

    " This is a neat little collection of stories. Some are better than others, but overall it is a good quick read. If you enjoy the Twilight Zone (which he was a writer for), you will probably enjoy this collection. The stories are those quirky, slice of life, sometimes with a twist ending pieces that Twilight Zone did so well. This is some wonderful science fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Kottke | 2/10/2014

    " Even better than "Button, Button," this had some really phenomenal genre-mashing stories, like the sci-fi/boxing title tale (the inspiration for "Real Steel"), the suspenseful Christmas noir "A Visit to Santa Claus," and the time-travel/inspirational "The Traveller." The satire in "The Splendid Source" and "To Fit the Crime" is clever, and the "Twilight Zone" crossed with Philip K. Dick elements of "The Edge" and "Dr. Morton's Folly" genuinely unsettling. Highly entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/4/2014

    " A collection of stories by one of the masters of the form. Like many collections, some stories are better than others - and I can't help but wonder what Matheson has against poets, as he attacks them with real venom in three separate stories - but the good ones are wonderful, ranging from the thoughtful examination of atheism faced with belief in "The Traveler" to the families facing nuclear holocaust in surprising ways in "Descent". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Hill | 1/12/2014

    " excellent stories . . i liked his writing i've read in the past and this was really fun to just get what i think is best about him: simple, high-concept ideas that he can flesh-out just enough to be interesting . . maybe none of them need to be whole books . . but as stories, all the ideas pretty much work out . . there really was something about short story writing around mid-20th century that works and that doesn't seem to really be happening anymore . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Hornik | 1/5/2014

    " Fairly mediocre set of Matheson stories, with a couple of winners. Some of it is terrible. Too bad... the good ones are always really, really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/28/2013

    " Matheson has an impressive ( though not unique) ability to lift a reader up after knocking him to the floor... Then kick him back down in one swift move. Recommended if only for the real "Steel." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Wilkes | 11/26/2013

    " Read my full review at Science Fiction and Other ODDysseys . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leilani | 9/22/2013

    " Reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry Ramsey | 7/27/2013

    " An interesting mix of stories. If you like classic science fiction (with some other things thrown into the mix), give this one a try. Scott Brick reads with his usual finesse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fannishsunny | 7/21/2013

    " A selection of his shorter work, including "Steel" which was the (very loose) inspiration for Blue Steel movie. Had come across some of these before, but nice to see a snapshot of 1952-58 SF stories. Plus two which are more recent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chas | 7/1/2013

    " I know people call Matheson a legend, but I've generally found his short fiction to be unsatisfying and forgettable. Unfortunately, this collection is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naricat | 11/26/2012

    " Interesting collection. No bad stories per se but the Conqueror, Steel, and The Splendid Source were gems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/6/2012

    " The stories weren't bad but they were definitely of the Twilight Zone variety. If you enjoy things such as that nature than this book would definitely be for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 8/11/2012

    " I liked the stories well enough -- Matheson has some serious skill -- however some of the stories felt like parts of something more. I wanted to know more!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlin | 7/22/2012

    " Contrary to what you may have thought looking at this book, Steel isn't any bigger or more immportant than any of the other short stories in this book. Unfortunalty Steel along with the rest of them just felt like teasers to full length books. They weren't bad but they weren't enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 6/22/2012

    " This was a good read, but not as solid as some of his other short stories. There were certainly some great stories in there, just not as many as usual. Interestingly there was a new one from a year or two ago that was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 6/16/2012

    " An entertaining collection of short stories. Some are brilliant and some are are okay. All in all, I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 1/14/2012

    " The majority of these stories were pretty good, which is not the most stellar review, but there you are. Many short story collections are much more hit and miss. I will seek out more by this author in the near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 11/5/2011

    " Richard Matheson makes it look so easy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chas | 10/8/2011

    " I know people call Matheson a legend, but I've generally found his short fiction to be unsatisfying and forgettable. Unfortunately, this collection is no exception. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson (1926–2013) was born in New Jersey and started living and working in California in 1951. In addition to novels in the mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and western fields, he wrote many film and television scripts, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” from The Twilight Zone. He also wrote episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, Night Gallery, and Star Trek. Several of his novels and stories have been made into movies, including The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams). Over the course of his career he won the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer’s Guild Award.

About the Narrator

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 eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.