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The First Three Minutes
by Steven Weinberg
The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe
by Stephen Hawking
The Future of Life
by Edward O. Wilson

The Sounds of Science
by Greg Beatty
Ever wonder what would it be like to have a world-class scientist sit down beside you and explain how the universe works? If these audiobooks are any indication, it would be wonderful, moving, and overwhelming, but not always for the reasons you might think. Taken together, these three current popular science audiobooks give a great map of the current soundscape of science... (more)
The Story of the Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat
Written and performed
by Eric Idle
A Kinder, Gentler Python
by Greg Beatty
Monty Python is as much a part of science fiction culture as Heinlein, Asimov, or LeGuin. The Monty Python crew disbanded years ago, but if you're looking for a new fix, or for a way to corrupt an innocent representative of the younger generation, may I suggest "The Story of the Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat"?... (more)


Panic-free Listening
by Greg Beatty
Is that a Babel Fish in your ear, or are you just happy to see me? Babel fish. Vogon poetry readings. 42. If you don't know what I'm talking about, shame on you. If you do know what I'm talking about, you're smiling. In either case, you need to listen to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"... (more)
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Famous Monsters of Audio
by Greg Beatty
The first time we saw the cinematic Frankenstein, everyone I know went to sleep that night wondering what evil was lurking in their closet or under the bed.
But the first time I opened the original novel on which that terribly frightening movie had been based, Mary Shelley confused me half to death. Where's the big guy with the bolts in the side of his neck, and what's the deal with all of these letters? The same thing happened with Dracula. What's with all this talk talk talk? Get on with the bloodsucking! (more)

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