Battles for the Stars (Ed Reads Short Sci-fi, vol. III)

Read by Edmund Bloxam

(4.2 stars; 24 reviews)

I: ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ by Robert Sheckley
The alien ambassador MUST not return to their planet to tell of Earth; humanity has no chance against invaders! But how to kill the ambassador?

II: ‘The Sling and the Stone’ by Michael Shaara
An obsessed Soviet commander has come up with the most devastating weapon the world has ever seen. What of the scientist who must put the order to destroy the USA into practice?

III: ‘Slaughter on Dornell IV’ by Ivar Jorgensen
One of the galaxy's greatest professional fighters. But is his agent so sly as to pit him against an opponent that could kill him?

IV: ‘The Hour of Battle’ by Robert Sheckley
Waiting for the mind killers to strike in the depths of deep space! What's to be done?

V: ‘Defense Mech’ by Ray Bradbury
The soldier's going mad! There's no time for ethics; tell him his home on Earth and throw him into battle. The result? Let Ray Bradbury tell you.

VI: ‘The Invisible Enemy’ by Arnold Castle
Is sending the world's teenagers out to the grim battlefields truly the answer to achieve peace?

VII: ‘Navy Day’ by Harry Harrison
Futuristic machines provide intriguing end results.

VIII: ‘Belly Laugh’ by Ivar Jorgensen
Futuristic machines provide embarrassing end results.

IX: ‘Hunter Patrol’ by Henry Beam Piper and John J. Mcguire
‘They just voted him into power. And the world into slavery. It is almost blasphemous to say anything against him. He has deprived all of us of our political and other liberties’. With the great mission complete, Benson returns to the battlefield. Naturally, the war concludes, and Benson enters into business, coming upon a method of ending all war. But time itself might have something to say about it...

X: ‘Bridge Crossing’ by Dave Dryfoos
Robbie must choose loyalty to robot or to man in this dystopian tale, featuring a perilous chase across the Golden Gate Bridge.

XI: ‘Keep Your Shape’ by Robert Sheckley
The ship approaches, a vanguard to an invasion! The problem? The scout party lacks discipline! They can’t…keep their shape.

XII: ‘Project Hush’ by William Tenn
A secret mission - so very secret - the first people on the moon! (yes, this story is that old) - but what will they find there?

(Summary by The Reader) (5 hr 15 min)


'Diplomatic Immunity' by Robert Sheckley 37:31 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'The Sling and the Stone' by Michael Shaara 29:03 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Slaughter on Dornell IV' by Ivor Jorgenson 13:40 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'The Hour of Battle' by Robert Sheckley 12:11 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Defense Mech' by Ray Bradbury 21:06 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'The Invisible Enemy' by Arnold Castle 20:10 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Navy Day' by Harry Harrison 11:26 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Belly Laugh' by Ivor Jorgenson 4:26 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Hunter Patrol' by H. Beam Piper and John McGuire 1:01:13 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Bridge Crossing' by David Dryfoos 27:43 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Keep Your Shape' by Robert Sheckley 34:41 Read by Edmund Bloxam
'Project Hush' by William Tenn 13:34 Read by Edmund Bloxam


Somewhat frustrating

(3 stars)

These are some great stories. The reader has a good voice and reads the narration perfectly. Unfortunately he gets somewhat over enthusiastic when it comes to dialogue where he employs variations of two voices: light, airy, breathy gabble which is too quick to follow easily (used for women and young men) or gruff, mumbling growl (used for authority figures, older men) which is utterly unintelligible to my ear. I got through several of the stories but had to give up. It’s a shame as he’s obviously giving it a good go and has evident talent and enthusiasm

Cool stories and narration

(5 stars)

Stories take place is SPACE. Therefore they are greatt