Short Science Fiction Collection 004

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.3 stars; 115 reviews)

Science fiction (abbreviated SF or sci-fi with varying punctuation and case) is a broad genre of fiction that often involves sociological and technical speculations based on current or future science or technology. This is a reader-selected collection of short stories, originally published between 1931 and 1962, that entered the US public domain when their copyright was not renewed. Summary by Cori Samuel, with Wikipedia input. (5 hr 37 min)


Beyond Pandora 5:21 Read by Jerome Lawsen
The Infra-Medians 41:34 Read by John Larmour
The Misplaced Battleship 58:53 Read by Barny Shergold
Missing Link 43:02 Read by Kim Cutler
Quantum Jump 22:40 Read by Jerome Lawsen
The Repairman 32:16 Read by Rowdy Delaney
Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas 19:00 Read by Lucy Lo Faro
Stairway to the Stars 42:41 Read by R. J. Davis
Traders Risk 34:32 Read by Susan Umpleby
Wizard 37:55 Read by Alex C. Telander


Short Science Fiction Collection 004

(5 stars)

Stories are a good listen and are mostly well read - Thanks!

A fair selection

(3.5 stars)

Is “The Repairman” in every third collection of short stories? Some poor audio in some of these. Maybe LibriVox needs a volunteer sound processing team too, to get consistency with audio levels and so on. The short story collections are really some of the gems of LibriVox. Most of these are pretty good or very good


(3 stars)

Agree with the previous reviewer that the stories are mixed, some good, most depressing tho. Seems like most sci-fi authors felt that the future is going to end badly in some way. This is an older recording, BTW, so it has a LOT of rough recordings and sound issues. I had to skip one story because it was unlistenable.

Nice collection of short stories

(4 stars)

A nice I selection of short Syfy stories, the readers did good a job. Very entertaining, thank you LibriVox.

not as good

(3 stars)

not as good as other collections. one story had so many audio problems I had to skip it.

(5 stars)

Really enjoyable stories that although a little dated are historical pieces in their own right. Many make me smaile

Science Fiction Shorts ( (Review #1 2022) November 2022 )

(5 stars)

Free Audio, Review

(2 stars)

What we really have here is a collection of 10 short Sci Fi stories. It does contain a couple of gems such as "The Repairman" and "The Missing Battleship" by Harry Harrison but I found most of the other stories rather poor fair. This is not a fault of the readers, I just found most of the stories rather uninspiring. These collections generally suffer from a lack of consistency. Collection books need to have a theme in order to shine. The stories in this collection are so varied and disparate that you cant really "get into it". Reading = 2/3 Production = 2/3 Story = 1/3 Total = 5/9 Read more of my Reviews at