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Author: Ben Bova Narrator: various narrators, Richard Brewer, Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Hillary Huber, Moira Quirk, Don Leslie, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781483078120
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A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women. Whether he’s suing the pope, helping twin sisters entangled in the virtual sex trade, or on trial for his life, charged with interplanetary genocide, you can be sure of one thing: this is one space jockey who’ll meet every challenge with a smile on his lips, an ace up his sleeve, and a weapon in his pocket.

Now, for the first time in one volume, Hugo-winner Ben Bova presents all the tales of Sam Gunn to date, including three never before collected in book form. Here is the entire chronicle of Sam Gunn, trailblazer and scoundrel, as he scams his way from one end of the solar system to the other, giving bold new meaning to the term venture capitalist.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lovers of SF romance and adventure will welcome Hugo-winner Ben Bova’s The Sam Gunn Omnibus, which collects all the tales featuring his iconoclastic astronaut hero.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Done with an engaging degree of humor. Sam’s boundless energy is quite endearing. More importantly, behind it all there is Bova’s grand design laid out…This old-fashioned, yet likeable, volume is a great encapsulation of Bova’s writings over the past thirty years or so. Written in a style likely to appeal to fans of Heinlein or possibly John Varley, it can perhaps be seen as an entertaining alternate history these days...A lot of fun.” 

    SFFWorld.com

  • “Bova has ambitiously and deftly created a three-in-one narrative that satisfies any and all readerly desires to see the life of his signature rogue assembled into coherent form…Bova has successfully added to the storehouse of a particularly American folklore. Sam Gunn is Mike Fink and Paul Bunyan (although their opposite in size), Rockefeller and Carnegie, Sam Slick and Penrod, the plucky protagonists from Horatio Alger and the irreverent ones from Mark Twain. His exploits…are new manifestations of an eternal archetype in the American psyche.”

    SciFi Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/27/2013

    " some of the cleverest writing you will ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 3/31/2013

    " Fast read, Ben Bova standard fair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dymphie | 10/21/2012

    " Onderhoudend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 7/11/2012

    " Okay read. Nice premise but takes a little to long to tell story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ogreart | 5/14/2012

    " I actually listened to this in two parts from Audible.com. These stories are a great deal of fun. Reminded me of the tales of Robert A. Heinlein I read as a young man. From me, that is high praise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 4/23/2012

    " It was alright- I just could not find myself getting that into it. Did not move fast at all- no tension building, no suspense- all of which is what I look for in SF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferret | 8/24/2011

    " Insubstantial and flawed but utterly hilarious take on the future history subgenre. In many ways much more compelling than Heinlein's future history. Sam Gunn is so unpredictable and brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherm | 8/14/2011

    " Silly lightweight stories slightly fun; not sure it was worth the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mondo | 8/11/2011

    " Great science fiction in the not so distant future! LOVE IT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/14/2011

    " Okay read. Nice premise but takes a little to long to tell story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 7/29/2010

    " It was alright- I just could not find myself getting that into it. Did not move fast at all- no tension building, no suspense- all of which is what I look for in SF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ogreart | 2/27/2010

    " I actually listened to this in two parts from Audible.com. These stories are a great deal of fun. Reminded me of the tales of Robert A. Heinlein I read as a young man. From me, that is high praise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherm | 10/18/2009

    " Silly lightweight stories slightly fun; not sure it was worth the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferret | 2/6/2008

    " Insubstantial and flawed but utterly hilarious take on the future history subgenre. In many ways much more compelling than Heinlein's future history. Sam Gunn is so unpredictable and brilliant. "

About the Author

Ben Bova (1932–2020), American author of more than one hundred books of science fact and fiction, was awarded posthumously the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. His work earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006. In his early career, he was a technical editor for Project Vanguard, the United States’s first effort to launch a satellite into space in 1958. He then was a science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory, which built the heat shields for the Apollo 11 module. He held the position of president emeritus of the National Space Society and served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

About the Narrators

Maria Liatis is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Allyson Johnson is an actress and singer who began performing at age twelve as coanchor of Bubble Gum Digest, for which she won an Emmy. After earning a degree in psychology from Brown University, she moved to New York where she became a social worker before shifting to a career in television and radio. Johnson has recorded countless commercials, promos, audiobooks, narrations, and animation series.

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narrator, has narrated over three hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.

Moira Quirk, a British actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, co-narrated Ben Bova’s Mercury and has narrated other popular audiobooks for which she received Audie Award nominations. She is a successful comedian and can be heard on Nickelodeon’s cartoon My Life as a Teenage Robot as well as in The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, The Wild Thornberrys Feature, and Serendipity, among others. She has also lent her voice to several video games, including Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Haunting Ground.

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.

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.