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Works by Stefan Rudnicki

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Ender's Game (1985) — Narrator, some editions — 41,251 copies
Speaker for the Dead (1986) — Narrator, some editions — 15,834 copies
Thief of Time (2001) — Narrator, some editions — 9,889 copies
Eon (1985) — Narrator, some editions — 4,056 copies
Dhalgren (1975) — Narrator, some editions — 3,746 copies
Ender in Exile (2008) — Narrator, some editions — 3,552 copies
Enchantment (1999) — Narrator, some editions — 3,160 copies
More Than Human (1953) — Narrator, some editions — 3,036 copies
The Memory of Earth (1992) — Narrator, some editions — 2,916 copies
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (1982) — Narrator, some editions — 2,701 copies
Alvin Journeyman (1995) — Narrator, some editions — 2,612 copies
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus (1996) — Narrator, some editions — 2,594 copies
The Haunted Bookshop (1919) — Narrator, some editions — 2,049 copies
The King in Yellow (1895) — Narrator, some editions — 1,940 copies
The Life of Greece (1939) — Narrator, some editions — 1,827 copies
Earthfall (1995) — Narrator, some editions — 1,794 copies
A War of Gifts (2007) — Narrator, some editions — 1,778 copies
Earthborn (1995) — Narrator, some editions — 1,684 copies
The Lost Gate (2010) — Reader, some editions — 1,661 copies
Pathfinder (2010) — Narrator, some editions — 1,628 copies
Mars (1992) — Narrator, some editions — 1,627 copies
Dorsai! (1959) — Narrator, some editions — 1,580 copies
The Age of Faith (1950) — Narrator, some editions — 1,560 copies
Lost Boys (1992) — Narrator, some editions — 1,441 copies
Dream Park (1981) — Narrator, some editions — 1,440 copies
Zodiac (1985) — Narrator, some editions — 1,410 copies
For Love of Mother-Not (1983) — Narrator, some editions — 1,316 copies
The Folk of the Fringe (1989) — Narrator, some editions — 1,285 copies
The Tar-Aiym Krang (1972) — Narrator, some editions — 1,283 copies
Treason (1988) — Narrator, some editions — 1,278 copies
Orphan Star (1977) — Narrator, some editions — 1,163 copies
We Few (2005) — Narrator, some editions — 1,122 copies
Hart's Hope (1986) — Narrator, some editions — 1,103 copies
Earth Unaware (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 1,100 copies
Shadows in Flight (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 1,099 copies
The End of the Matter (1977) — Narrator, some editions — 1,067 copies
The Barsoom Project (1989) — Narrator, some editions — 1,000 copies
Heroes Die (1998) — Narrator, some editions — 997 copies
Bloodhype (1973) — Narrator, some editions — 994 copies
The Complete Stories (2015) — Narrator, some editions — 829 copies
Earth Afire (2013) — some editions — 781 copies
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (0018) — Narrator, some editions — 779 copies
The California Voodoo Game (1991) — Narrator, some editions — 702 copies
Ruins (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 682 copies
Pacific Edge (1990) — Narrator, some editions — 668 copies
The Gate Thief (2013) — Narrator, some editions — 664 copies
Invasive Procedures (2007) — Narrator, some editions — 651 copies
Earth Awakens (2014) — Narrator, some editions — 605 copies
Metatropolis (2008) — Narrator, some editions — 579 copies
Coming Home (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 566 copies
Voyagers (1981) — Narrator, some editions — 530 copies
The Hum and the Shiver (2011) — Narrator, some editions — 513 copies
The Dragon's Son (2004) — Narrator, some editions — 458 copies
Cobra (1985) — Narrator, some editions — 454 copies
The Romanov Bride (2008) — Narrator, some editions — 442 copies
Edge of Apocalypse (2010) — Narrator, some editions — 421 copies
Saints (1983) — Narrator, some editions — 415 copies
The Swarm: The Second Formic War (Volume 1) (2016) — Narrator, some editions — 388 copies
Visitors (2014) — Narrator, some editions — 352 copies
Gatefather (2015) — Narrator, some editions — 324 copies
The Winds of Altair [1983 expanded version] (1983) — Narrator, some editions — 315 copies
Daughter of the Stars (1994) — Production coordinator, some editions — 310 copies
Children of the Fleet (2017) — Narrator, some editions — 306 copies
Cobra Strike (1986) — Narrator, some editions — 305 copies
The Aftermath (2007) — Narrator, some editions — 269 copies
The First Quarry (2008) — Narrator, some editions — 207 copies
Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers (2015) — Narrator, some editions — 201 copies
Wisp of a Thing (2013) — Narrator, some editions — 200 copies
Thunder of Heaven (2011) — Narrator, some editions — 198 copies
Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show (v. 1) (2008) — Narrator, some editions — 194 copies
Honeymoon in Hell (1958) — Narrator, some editions — 182 copies
The Moon Maze Game (2011) — Narrator, some editions — 181 copies
Quitters, Inc. (1996) — Narrator, some editions — 170 copies
Lost and Found (2019) — Narrator, some editions — 158 copies
Before the Wind: The Memoir of an American Sea Captain, 1808-1833 (1833) — Narrator, some editions — 154 copies
The End Is Now (2014) — Narrator, some editions — 154 copies
Cobra Alliance (2009) — Narrator, some editions — 141 copies
Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game (2013) — Narrator, some editions — 135 copies
The End Has Come (2015) — Narrator, some editions — 133 copies
Laddertop, Volume 1 (2011) — Narrator, some editions — 127 copies
Quarry's Ex (2022) — Narrator, some editions — 124 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXIII (2007) — Narrator, some editions — 85 copies
Chapel of Ease (2016) — Narrator, some editions — 85 copies
Zanna's Gift: A Life in Christmases (2004) — Narrator, some editions — 80 copies
Prey on Patmos (2011) — Narrator, some editions — 79 copies
Quarry's Climax (2017) — Narrator, some editions — 65 copies
Rip-Off! (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 65 copies
Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay (2013) — Narrator, some editions — 49 copies
The Retrieval Artist {novella} (2010) — Narrator, some editions — 35 copies
Sundered (2016) — Narrator, some editions — 31 copies
V Wars: Blood and Fire: New Stories of the Vampire Wars (2014) — Narrator, some editions — 29 copies
Fly Paper (1981) — Narrator, some editions — 21 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 70 • March 2016 (2016) — Narrator, some editions — 17 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 92 • January 2018 (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 17 copies
Posing As People: Three Stories, Three Plays (2005) — Narrator, some editions — 15 copies
Nightmare Magazine, June 2015 (2015) — Narrator, some editions — 14 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 28 • September 2012 (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 13 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 90 • November 2017 (2017) — Narrator, some editions — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 79 • December 2016 (2016) — Narrator, some editions — 7 copies
Nightmare Magazine, November 2015 (2015) — Narrator, some editions — 7 copies
Nightmare Magazine, June 2013 (2013) — Narrator, some editions — 7 copies
Goon Squad: Year One (2016) — Narrator, some editions — 6 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 96 • May 2018 (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 5 copies
Nightmare Magazine, December 2018 (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 5 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 118 (March 2020) (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 5 copies
Gordon B. White is Creating Haunting Weird Horror {short story} (2021) — Narrator, some editions — 4 copies
Nightmare Magazine, October 2019 (2019) — Narrator, some editions — 4 copies
Nightmare Magazine, August 2018 (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 4 copies
West (1987) — Narrator, some editions — 3 copies
First Cases [Unabridged Audiobook] (2002) — Narrator — 3 copies
Nightmare Magazine, December 2020 (2020) — Narrator, some editions — 2 copies
StarShipSofa, #414: A Lonesome Speck of Home / Makeisha in Time (2013) — Narrator, some editions — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Other names
RUDNICKI, Stefan
Birthdate
1945
Gender
male
Nationality
USA (naturalized)
Birthplace
Krakow, Poland
Places of residence
Studio City, California, USA
Education
Columbia University
Occupations
actor

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Reviews

This collection is a mixed bag that is hanging its theming on a string that does not hold. Mind you, I am only taking a stab at what that theme might be. The only indication is the title, the blurb on the back, and Harlan Ellison’s introduction - which focuses on the art of anthology rather than what this is an anthology of. Don’t get me wrong – Ellison’s introduction is as good as he ever is. And it is not the role of an introduction to describe what you are about to read. I only bring this up to show that there is no clear indication what this anthology is supposed to do. (And, listed as volume one, what could the other volumes be?)

So, we wind up with a collection of historical and recent stories hanging together on the concept (I think) what happens after the powers of myths and gods have declined. This means well known science fiction authors such as Robert Silverberg ( “After the Myths Went Home”) and R.A Lafferty (one of my favorite Lafferty stories, “Continued on Next Rock”) are cheek by jowl with Ambrose Pierce, Guy de Maupassant, and Euripides. And, just for mood, poems by Stephen Crane and Walt Whitman are included.

The stories are fine. They all match the “theme” and have a fantastical element about them. But, other than a few already known exceptions (Lafferty springs to mind), none of them blaze themselves on the reader’s memory. And, inclusion of older material hurts the collection. It is not that these items are bad, they are just dated. And there are enough of them for that datedness to hurt the overall impact of the collection.

The redeeming thing about the collection is that I would be surprised if most readers had read even 25% previously. By digging into these older works – works that, in spite of my previous comments, are good enough –most readers will meet material that is different; something they haven’t seen before. So, the collection is nice from that regard. But nothing else makes this stand out as a must have anthology.
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figre | 1 other review | Jun 23, 2012 |
First of a three-volume series, this book collects tales of imagination from the last couple of centuries. These are not specifically science fiction, or fantasy, or horror stories, but somewhere in the middle.

Robert Silverberg looks at a far-future human society that no longer believes in myths, so a great machine is built to bring to life mythical figures from throughout human history. Among those recreated were Adam and Eve, Odysseus, Shiva, Dionysus, Thor, St. George and St. Jude. It also recreated more modern figures who became mythical, like Galileo, Newton, Freud, Einstein and John Kennedy. After fifty years, humanity gets bored with them, so all of them are sent back into the machine. Then the invaders come and enslave humanity.

There is an excerpt from a longer piece written in 1895 by Robert W. Chambers. It explores 1930s New York City in a parallel reality, and is about the opening of the first public suicide chamber. A story from 1901 is about a man found insane and uncommunicative in an isolated area. Later, a diary is found that describes him abruptly quitting his job, living in the isolated area, becoming sick of all human contact, and convincing himself that he is a god. Elvis Presley returns to America from the Army to bear witness to a weird and jumbled timeline of death. There is a portion of a play from early 1900s German Expressionism. Included in this volume are tales by Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood and Guy de Maupassant.

This is what they mean when they talk about "great imaginative literature." These authors helped to create the fantasy and science fiction genres. There is something here for everyone, and it is highly recommended.
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