Beyond all Weapons

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Boldly go to new worlds. Firstin Guide is not a man to be reckoned with. Bilged out of the Space Academy at fourteen for one too many duels, raised in the lawless camps of Mars' southern ice cap and cast aside by his family, Firstin's experiences have made him resourceful, respected and feared. But it's just that brute strength of character which convinces a handful of Martian colonists to follow him as he leads a risky venture into space, escaping the tyrannical Earth ...

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Boldly go to new worlds. Firstin Guide is not a man to be reckoned with. Bilged out of the Space Academy at fourteen for one too many duels, raised in the lawless camps of Mars' southern ice cap and cast aside by his family, Firstin's experiences have made him resourceful, respected and feared. But it's just that brute strength of character which convinces a handful of Martian colonists to follow him as he leads a risky venture into space, escaping the tyrannical Earth government that has all but slaughtered them.

The small band secures a spaceship that uses an innovative new fuel and, by the grace of the stars, finds a liveable planet. But the men of the new colony led by Firsten also thirst for revenge which drives them to return to Earth and exact retribution despite dire warnings against it.  ALSO INCLUDES THE SCIENCE FICTION STORIES "STRAIN" AND "THE INVADERS"

"...sci-fi stories from L. Ron Hubbard.  Innocent & enjoyable vintage romps."  —Review DuJour (Jeff Berkwits, Twitter review)

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"Enthusiastically recommended 'theater of the mind' entertainment." —The Midwest Book Review

"BEST AUDIOBOOKS—FULL CAST, GOLDEN AGE STORIES SERIES L. Ron Hubbard, Performed by a Full Cast" —AudioFile Magazine

"A series not to be missed by any true pulp-fiction fan."  —Comics Buyers Guide

"Hubbard is always a quick, fun read. Fans of pulp writing will eat these up. The audios feature full-casts and great sound effects. Listen to one and you'll be hooked." —Library Journal

"Hubbard was a first-rate pulp writer."  —Locus Magazine

"Hubbard was one of the great pulp writers." —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592122462
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/21/2012
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: First Edition, Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


As one of the 20 top bestselling authors of all time, with more than 325 million works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard stands alongside an illustrious company of writers. But he also stands alone—as an author who actually lived many of the stories he wrote.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Recently, Galaxy Press provided me with a free copy of their sci

    Recently, Galaxy Press provided me with a free copy of their science fiction audio drama Beyond All Weapons by L. Ron Hubbard and asked me to give an honest review. I was happy to oblige, because it had been a while since I listened to an audio drama. When I was in high school and college, I enjoyed popping them into my CD player, and listening while I did schoolwork or crafts. Back then, my go-to was J.R. Tolkien or H.G. Wells (anyone remember the effect the War of the Worlds radio drama had on people? Ah! Alien invasion!). Listening to an audio drama is a different experience than some of the more popular storytelling – movies and television. It requires a bit more imagination, but isn’t as restrictive as a book, which you need to sit and hold.
    About Hubbard

    Before Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games, there was the works of L. Ron Hubbard. If you aren’t familiar with Hubbard, he was a pulp fiction writer in the 1930’s and 1940’s, a literary golden age when short stories were gobbled up at the rate of our weekly television shows. Pulp magazines didn’t feature the fancy prose of Shakespeare or Jules Verne, but there was some great storytelling in them and Hubbard was a favorite. He drew inspiration from his stories straight from his real life, because he wasn’t the type of writer to just sit back and dream up adventure – he wanted to live it!...And, yes, he also invented Scientology, but first and foremost, he was a writer!

    I was pleased by the quality of the recording. The voice actors were enjoyable to listen to. They were expressive and easy to imagine, and had that “old school” grammar and tone you’d expect from the 1930’s and 1940’s.

    Hubbard’s stories were a product of his time. Many of the science fiction elements are outdated and come across as ideas you’d see in a C-rated movie, like the aliens from Saturn in “Strain”. His portrayal of women as slightly naïve, fragile creatures is a bit backwards; however, those ideas were common for the golden age of pulp fiction. Once you accept them as that, you can appreciate how his stories captured the charm of that age.

    Without giving anything away, I loved the twist in “Beyond All Weapons”. It was completely unexpected and served up a lesson for listeners, which I love to see in storytelling. I also enjoyed the humor in “The Invaders” and the tension of “Strain”, but my favorite character was Gedso in “The Invaders”. He was cool and collected in the face of his adversary, the kind of character you can root for.

    My only complaint may be more of a personal preference, something others may handle better than I…
    *Spoiler Alert*
    “Strain” would have been more enjoyable without the sound of the animals being tortured. I had to skip forward through those parts. It made my stomach churn. On the other hand, that may well prove that the sound mixers did an excellent job putting the audio together.
    *End Spoiler*

    I would definitely recommend Galaxy Press’s Beyond All Weapons audio drama to anyone who enjoys audiobooks and science fiction. I had a lot of fun listening to it. I personally plan on checking out their other collections, because I was so impressed by this one.

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