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Farmer Eben Smith is fed up with big government telling him how to run his life and his business. They pay him to bury his crops while folks starve in the streets, and he’s not going to take it anymore. He’s declaring his ...
Farmer Eben Smith is fed up with big government telling him how to run his life and his business. They pay him to bury his crops while folks starve in the streets, and he’s not going to take it anymore. He’s declaring his independence, loading up his fruits and vegetables, and heading for the city to wheel and deal. . . .
But before he can trade in his turnips, Eben’ll have to deal with something bigger —a break in the space/time continuum. He’s at The Crossroads, where reality is turned upside-down and inside out. And before it’s over, he’ll turn his turnips into liquor, and the liquor into guns and gold, as he plunges into strange new worlds . . . finding ways to wreak havoc in all of them.
The Crossroads first appeared in the February 1941 issue of Unknown Fantasy Fiction. By then Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to a genre that was new, and essentially foreign, to him—science fiction and fantasy. The rest is history.
Also includes the fantasy adventures, Borrowed Glory, the haunting story of two immortals who wager on two mortals given a single day of love . . . a wager that leads to heartbreak and tragedy; and The Devil’s Rescue based on the legend of The Flying Dutchman, in which the sole survivor of a disaster at sea is “rescued” by the devil himself and finds that fate rests on a roll of the dice.
Prepare to set out on the most thrilling, chilling, and thoroughly amusing road trip ever, as the audio version of The Crossroads delivers new dimensions in sound. “Lush music and Hollywood sound design . . . the battle scenes will have listeners hopping out of their seats.” —Audiofile magazine
"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)
Posted February 21, 2014
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.
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.
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.