The Happy Unfortunate

Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.2 stars; 169 reviews)

Here are two early stories by the well known SF Author Robert Silverberg.

The Happy Unfortunate was published first in Amazing Stories in 1957 and explores the angst caused when the human race reaches into space but at the cost of needing to breed a new species; specialized 'spacers' who can withstand the tremendous rigors of acceleration.

The Hunted Heroes was published in Amazing stories a year earlier, in 1956. It is a futuristic story that holds great hope for the resilience of the human race after the war destroys most of the world. (1 hr 28 min)


The Happy Unfortunate, Part 1 19:47 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Happy Unfortunate, Part 2 31:52 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Hunted Heroes, Part 1 17:39 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Hunted Heroes, Part 2 19:37 Read by Phil Chenevert


First story is superb, the second less so

(4 stars)

First story is not only entertaining but pretty deep. 5/5. The second story is sort of boring and didactic. There's a neat reveal at the end but it's also an escalation in the story's moralizing. 2.5/5

two good short stories

(4 stars)

I hadn’t come across Robert Silverberg before, having listened to one other of his I picked this reading also knowing the reader to be good. I was not disappointed. Fine tales and a fine reading

Fun short stories

(5 stars)

Good short stories with a lesson learned at the end of each. Phil always makes makes the stories so much fun.

a good spooky space story, good narrator, worth a listen

(4 stars)

good story, worth a listen for fans of science fiction and space

Bravo from Borneo

(3 stars)

Two quite different short stories; the first certainly having more depth and an interesting premise. Worth a listen.

good entertainment

(4 stars)

the first story is based on a good idea. the second is a bit flat. narration very well done.

Good Reader but Awful Stories

(0.5 stars)

Flat, one dimensional characters. Reads sort of like the science fiction written in the 1930s.

awesome tale and actor/reader

(5 stars)

as usual a 5 star job by Phil C with a great 2 story set