The Crossroads

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Explore new worlds. Frustrated with a government that pays him to bury surplus produce in order to "fix" the economy while city folk starve, farmer Eben Smith decides to take matters into his own hands. He piles up his wagon with ripe fruits and vegetables and sets out for the first time to barter his goods in the big city.

Being Eben's first city trip and all, the way soon becomes uncertain. But when Eben comes across a strange crossroads, he discovers that he's fallen into a ...

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Overview


Explore new worlds. Frustrated with a government that pays him to bury surplus produce in order to "fix" the economy while city folk starve, farmer Eben Smith decides to take matters into his own hands. He piles up his wagon with ripe fruits and vegetables and sets out for the first time to barter his goods in the big city.

Being Eben's first city trip and all, the way soon becomes uncertain. But when Eben comes across a strange crossroads, he discovers that he's fallen into a nexus in time. Soon he's bartering a lot more than goods with different cultures in alternative realities . . . accidentally wreaking havoc and chaos in each.  ALSO INCLUDES THE FANTASY STORIES "BORROWED GLORY" AND "THE DEVIL'S RESCUE"

"The full-cast performance and sound effects make the stories that much more compelling. The sound effects are engaging but never distracting, and the musical score hints at adventure themes and old-time mystery radio shows." —Publishers Weekly

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A farmer at the nexus of time and space, a woman granted youth again by powerful beings, and a man marooned on a small boat for days are the premises for the three fantastical tales by Hubbard. While “The Crossroads” is an amusing science fiction tale, “Borrowed Glory” holds more drama and sorrow, and “The Devil's Rescue” mixes horror with adventure. The antiquated prose is a nostalgic delight, and like other Hubbard productions from Galaxy Audio, the full-cast performance and sound effects make the stories that much more compelling. Though the narrator is the same in all three stories, he manages to shift tone and emphasis to work with each particular story, while the cast members act their parts with reasonable believability. The sound effects are engaging but never distracting, and the musical score hints at adventure themes and old-time mystery radio shows. A Galaxy paperback. (June)
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"a series not to be missed by any true pulp-fiction fan." —Comic Buyers Guide

“…Hubbard was one of the country’s most prolific pulp science fiction writers, and this book (To the Stars) is one of his best.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered 

“One 1948 and two 1950 sci-fi stories from L. Ron Hubbard.  Innocent & enjoyable vintage romps.” —Review DuJour (Twitter)  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123681
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 840,150
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time.  As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    I have read a few of Hubbard¿s short stories I have to say that

    I have read a few of Hubbard’s short stories I have to say that this one was my favorite ...well at least the first two stories are.  It surprised me because I did not think I would find anything of Hubbard I would like but the first two stories are different.




    The Crossroads




    A poor farmer leaves his home hoping to sell the food he has grown.  On his travel to the city he comes to a crossroad.  Not knowing where to go he sits for lunch.  As he stays at the crossroad strange and unusual people stop by and barter with him.




    Borrowed Glory




    An old woman is offered a deal from a angel.  She will give her youth and everything she wants for 2 days but after those days she will turned back to her present circumstances.  




    The Devil’s Rescue 




    A survivor of a boat wreck is found by another ship.  They bring him back to health only to hope to imprison him on the ship.




    As I said the first two stories are in my opinion better than the last.   They are more like fables where the last one is written differently.  I feel like first two stories you have a little fun reading them.  Devil’s Rescue you kind of have to work your brain harder to understand what is going on.  I would recommend this book for fantasy lovers.

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