All people in the world tell nursery tales to their children, and the stories are apt to be like each other everywhere. A child who has read the Blue and Red and Yellow Fairy Books will find some old friends with new faces in the Pink Fairy Book. Courage, youth, beauty, kindness, have many trials, but they always win the battle; while witches, giants, unfriendly cruel people, are on the losing hand. So it ought to be, and so, on the whole, it is and will be; and that is all the moral of fairy tales. We cannot all be young, alas! and pretty, and strong; but nothing prevents us from being kind, and no kind man, woman, or beast or bird, ever comes to anything but good in these oldest fables of the world.
The many adventures of Professor Craig Kennedy were chronicled by Arthur B. Reeve (October 15, 1880 – August 9, 1936). Reeve was an American mystery writer who created 82 Craig Kennedy mystery stories. The stories have a very Sherlock Holmes type feel, In fact Kennedy has been referred to as the “American Sherlock Holmes”. Along with his reporter friend, Walter Jameson, Kennedy solves many crimes and unveils mysteries using science.
This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy’s adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. The first story, The Silent Bullet, has everyone wondering how a bullet could kill someone with no noise. Today, silencers on guns are commonplace in movies and on TV. Or as in “The Deadly Tube” featuring the story of a doctor causing his patients much harm with evil x-rays, or the developmnt of the gyroscope for aeroplanes in “The Terror in the Air”.
Each story features a facinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way.
Bron is the offspring of infamous space pirates but instead of following in the family footsteps he decides instead to become an electronic engineer. Unfortunately, every time he tries to leave his less than legitimate past behind, something pulls him back in.
Presented tongue in cheek, this space adventure is along the same the vein as Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series. The Pirates of Ersatz was originally serialized in the February through April issues of Astounding Science Fiction in 1959.
This edition of The Pirates of Ersatz features yours truly, Elliott Miller, as your narrator. The novel is in the public domain, and presented through the Creative Commons License, so feel free to enjoy the story at your leisure.
Originally published in the May, 1960 issue of Amazing Science Fiction Stories. Jack Odin has returned to the world of Opal, the world inside our own world, only to find it in ruins. Many of his friends are gone, the world is flooded, and the woman he swore to protect has been taken by Grim Hagen to the stars. Jack must save her, but the difficulties are great and his allies are few.
I had fun narrating this audiobook, my first. The novel is in the public domain, presented through the Creative Commons License, so free to download and enjoy.