The Professor Was a Thief

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Empire State Building has vanished into thin air! Gone, too, are Grant?s Tomb and Grand Central Station, and all hell is breaking loose in New York City!

What?s the story? One grizzled old newspaper reporter known simply as Pop?a role made for Walter Matthau?is on top of it . . . and better stay there, because his livelihood is on the line. If Pop fails to get to the bottom of the vanishing landmarks, his ...

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Overview


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Empire State Building has vanished into thin air! Gone, too, are Grant’s Tomb and Grand Central Station, and all hell is breaking loose in New York City!

What’s the story? One grizzled old newspaper reporter known simply as Pop—a role made for Walter Matthau—is on top of it . . . and better stay there, because his livelihood is on the line. If Pop fails to get to the bottom of the vanishing landmarks, his job will disappear as well—and land in the hands of the newspaper publisher’s son-in-law.

Any cub reporter could find a someone breaking the laws of the city, but tracking down a suspect who’s breaking the laws of physics is a different story altogether. But Pop’s like a dog with a bone, and he won’t let go until he gets at the truth . . . no matter how strange or astounding it is. In the end, he gets a lesson in larceny, proving that when you get down to business, size really does matter.

By the spring of 1938, 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 Sci-Fi history.

Also features the science fiction adventures Battle of the Wizards, in which an epic battle between science and magic unfolds with an entire planet hanging in the balance, and Hubbard’s first published foray into science fiction and fantasy, The Dangerous Dimension, the story of a mathematics professor who discovers an equation that enables him to teleport anywhere he can imagine . . . even if he doesn’t want to go.

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Publishers Weekly
Seasoned reporter Pop has just been told his career will prematurely end within two days thanks to the new changes at World-Journal. Hoping to salvage his career, he takes the first lead he can get and finds himself at the doorstep of Professor Pertwee, a short man with big plans about making things smaller. Two other stories, “Battles of Wizards” and “The Dangerous Dimension,” round out this collection, reminding listeners that though Hubbard wrote science fiction, he often had a great sense of humor. The integration of sound effects, musical score and a full cast nostalgically harkens listeners back to the world of old-time radio. The main narrator carries the brunt of all three stories with a pitch and edge to his voice that is quite evocative of pulp fiction and while in other stories might feel overdramatic, fits perfectly well with Hubbard's tone. (July)
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“Music and sound effects add to the dramatic impact, with featured reader Meskimen’s delivery reminiscent of old-time radio readings. He portrays the seasoned journalist’s adrenaline-fueled dialogue, ramping up in tension with a clipped, rapid-fire delivery."—Booklist
 

"…As in other editions in the series, the narrators deliver capable acting. The music is stellar, as are the otherworldly sound effects. While we may not dream of Mars in the way that we did in Hubbard’s day, polished production makes these speculative stories good listening." —AudioFile

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123513
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/8/2009
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    This pulp contains three engaging science fiction stories from a

    This pulp contains three engaging science fiction stories from another era. Although they show their age, they are inventive, creative, and imaginative with plots that keep the reader absorbed from beginning to end. They are good quick reads that offer some escapist fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

    Fun Story

    This was a really fun story. The reporter Pop is a real sharp cookie. I like detective stories but not the gory kind. This was an action packed story with a bit of sci-fi mixed in it. Really nicely done. I am now listening to the audio. Really great job on the audio books too!

    I like that this series keeps coming. I'm looking for more Hubbard. He can really write.

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