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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Matheson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots.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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  • “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.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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". "

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