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Women.  Liquor.  Power.  

Women.  Liquor.  Power.  

That is Fanner Marston’s mantra—his reason for being—and while he knows a little about the first and a lot about the second, he may well be on the verge of learning everything there is to know about the third.  ...
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The Great Secret

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Overview


Women.  Liquor.  Power.  

Women.  Liquor.  Power.  

That is Fanner Marston’s mantra—his reason for being—and while he knows a little about the first and a lot about the second, he may well be on the verge of learning everything there is to know about the third.  Power.  He may, in fact, be about to uncover the key to gaining absolute control over the entire universe.  The only problem is, Fanner is certifiably insane—a crazed Peter Lorre on a power trip….

His starship has crash-landed, and he’s the sole survivor, which doesn’t matter to him.  Driven by greed and lust for power, wracked by thirst, hunger and pain, all he cares about is reaching the ancient city of Parva and making himself at home.  Because there lies The Great Secret to universal domination—and what’s a little suffering on the road to becoming God?

Does Fanner have a prayer?  The writing’s on the walls of Parva—and you won’t believe what it says. . . .

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 genres that were new, and essentially foreign, to him—science fiction and fantasy. The rest is SciFi history.

Also includes the Science Fiction adventures, The Space Can, in which a decrepit space battleship is a civilian fleet’s only defense; The Beast, the tale of a hunter in the jungles of Venus, chasing an immoral beast; and The Slaver, in which an alien race has enslaved the human race, but can’t repress the power of human love.

“Serves as a wonderful introduction to the breadth of Hubbard’s output.”  —Comic Buyers Guide
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Publishers Weekly

Hubbard's classic pulp fiction tale was originally published in 1943 but shows no signs of age. With the tremendous attention to detail and production, audiences will find themselves captivated from beginning to end. This multicast performance, headed by Bruce Boxleitner, is a wonderfully rich and textured experience, complete with realistic sound effects and moody atmospheric score. The result is an almost theatrical experience, with Boxleitner leading listeners on a futuristic journey that will have their pulses racing and imaginations running wild. Also included are three shorter science-fiction tales, each as entertaining as the last. A Galaxy Press paperback.(Sept.)

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"A wonderfully rich and textured experience, complete with realistic sound effects and moody atmospheric music.”—Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award winner for 2008

“. . . Hubbard was one of the country’s most prolific pulp science fiction writers.” —Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio

“One of the masters of pulp science fiction.” —Library Journal

Each of these of these outstanding audio books are two hour productions characterized by talented multi-cast performances, which are enhanced with impressive special effects and thematic music. Flawless technical recordings, each and every one of these very special audio books provides the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind' experience and is enthusiastically recommended. —Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592125654
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Series: Stories from the Golden Age
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 122
  • Sales rank: 1,122,862
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Sweeping clouds shadowed the tawny plain, and far off in the east the plumes of night spread gently, mournfully, burying the corpse of the Livian day. Fanner Marston, a tattered speck upon a ridge, looked eastward, looked to the glory he sought and beheld it.

Throat and tongue swollen with thirst, green eyes blazing now with new ecstasy, he knew he had it. He would gain it, would realize that heady height upon which he had elected to stand. Before him lay the Great Secret! The Secret which had made a dead race rule the Universe! And that Secret would be his, Fanner Marston’s, and Fanner Marston would be the ruler, the new ruler, the arbiter of destiny for all the Universe!

L. Ron Hubbard


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  • Posted November 11, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    This one is my favorite

    Of the new L. Ron Hubbard Golden Age of Stories Pulp Classic series this one is my favorite so far. It's a terrific read and also a fantastic E-Book. The book is an exiting page turner, pure unabashed adventure science fiction at it's best. The audio book surprised me with the level of quality book. I have been horribly dissapointed by audio books in the past but I could not more strongly recommend this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

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    Although L. Ron Hubbard wrote in many genres, he was best known

    Although L. Ron Hubbard wrote in many genres, he was best known for his science fiction and fantasy. "The Great Secret" was originally published in Science Fiction Stories in April, 1943. The story centers around Fanner Marston, a greedy and power-lust individual who is in quest of the great secret; a secret which could make him ruler of the universe if discovered. Fanner crash lands near Parva, a magical city that myths foretell holds that secret. Being the sole survivor of a dangerous and risky journey, he believes the secret will be his. When Fanner finally finds both the city and the great secret, was it folly or worth the risk of death? As an added bonus, the science fiction stories, "Space Can," "The Beast," and "The Slaver" are also included in this pulp.

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    Great read.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Several stories in this one book. I really liked the 1st one, it reminds me of a lot of people I know. The stories kept me very entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2010

    Good pulp fiction

    I enjoy reading pulp fiction and I appreciate actions that Adventure House, Vintage Crime and Galaxy Publishing are taking to bring it back for us to read. I think the use of the original pulp cover art in the Galaxy line is exceptional and the stories in "The Great Secret" were a delight to read -- there are actually 4 stories in this book. I really enjoyed the short story "The Slaver." It was a good combination of science fiction, overcoming insurmountable odds and a bit of a love story all in one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Just a great story!

    I read this story and thought to myself, what a lesson to be learned and all from a science fiction story. Great entertainment, just pure fun to read! I have to say that this series has been a rocket ride so far. I've read all 5 of these. I hope more are coming out soon! I'm looking for them.

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