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


I: ‘Strain’ by L. Ron Hubbard
Captured! Crucial battle intel! But will they crack?

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?

XIII: ‘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?

(Summary by The Reader)

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Language: English

Group: Ed Reads Short Science Fiction

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 'Strain' by L. Ron Hubbard L. Ron Hubbard Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 02 'The Sling and the Stone' by Michael Shaara Michael Shaara Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 03 'Slaughter on Dornell IV' by Ivor Jorgenson Ivar Jorgensen Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 04 'The Hour of Battle' by Robert Sheckley Robert Sheckley Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 05 'Defense Mech' by Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 06 'The Invisible Enemy' by Arnold Castle Arnold Castle Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 07 'Navy Day' by Harry Harrison Harry Harrison Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 08 'Belly Laugh' by Ivor Jorgenson Ivar Jorgensen Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 09 'Hunter Patrol' by H. Beam Piper and John McGuire Various Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 10 'Bridge Crossing' by David Dryfoos Dave Dryfoos Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 11 'Keep Your Shape' by Robert Sheckley Robert Sheckley Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 12 'Project Hush' by William Tenn William Tenn Etext Edmund Bloxam
Play 13 'Diplomatic Immunity' by Robert Sheckley Robert Sheckley Etext Edmund Bloxam