The World That Couldn't Be

Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)

(4.5 stars; 192 reviews)

Layard was a curiosity to sociologists. The planet supported thriving tribes of natives but they were genderless. How could tribes form without families? But Gavin Duncan didn’t care. He had come to Layard to farm vua plants. Their berries cured mental illnesses and were one of the most expensive commodities in the galaxy. He was going to make his fortune if he could just keep the Cytha at bay, a big, dumb animal that could munch through 10 rows of vua in a night. Despite native superstitions he was going to have to hunt and kill the pest if he was to protect his crop. It was a dim-witted beast. How hard could it be? – “The World That Couldn’t Be” was first published in the January 1958 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. (Summary by Gregg Margarite) (1 hr 31 min)


1 – The World That Couldn't Be (Chapters 1 – 4) 49:54 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)
2 – The World That Couldn't Be (Chapters 5 – 6) 41:51 Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012)


Thoroughly Enjoyable

(4 stars)

This is a fascinating and quirky SF tale. It seems to be an updated version of the Romulus and Remus myth, with a stork twist. If that doesn't make sense, you'll just have to read it for yourself. A story most definitely worth a listen. Gregg Margarite certainly knew how to pick and read a good story.

Stubborn farmer hunts alien varmint

(5 stars)

Loved it. A Despicable redneck colonist hunts a crop eating alien varmint. He is assisted by a native humanoid tracker, who he mistreats like a red Indian slave. The alien world is imaginatively described and the story contains some highly unexpected twists and the reluctant personal growth of the antihero pioneer.

Very interesting and original Sci-Fi story

(5 stars)

I really enjoyed this title. I hadn't heard of it and I only listened to it because one of my favorite readers (Gregg Margarite) did the honors on this one. I've discovered many gems this way. And this turned out to be another one. Thank you Gregg.

An entertaining short story

(4 stars)

A good short story read in the distinctive style of this much loved reader.

(5 stars)

Great wee story. Told by the late great Greg Margarite, one of the finest readers on librivox.

Clifford D. Simak writes the kind of Sci-Fi I remember as a kid.

(5 stars)

if I thoroughly enjoyed that where the couldn't be and just beca

(5 stars)

(5 stars)

Interesting story. wish it was a little longer. Good reader