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The Crossroads

The Crossroads

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by L. Ron Hubbard, Enn Reitel (Read by), Tait Ruppert (Read by), R. F. Daley (Narrated by), Edoardo Ballerini (Read by)

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Think you know what’s going on in the world? Think again. Long before Rod Serling took us into The Twilight Zone, L. Ron Hubbard brought us to The Crossroads—a place where thought-provoking twists and turns are delivered with plenty of wit and wisdom.

Farmer Eben Smith is fed up with big government telling him how to run his life and his business.


Think you know what’s going on in the world? Think again. Long before Rod Serling took us into The Twilight Zone, L. Ron Hubbard brought us to The Crossroads—a place where thought-provoking twists and turns are delivered with plenty of wit and wisdom.

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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
From the Publisher

"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)  

Product Details

Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
Stories from the Golden Age
Edition description:
First Edition, Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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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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The Crossroads (Large Print 16pt) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Fantasy And Beyond.” This volume actually contains three stories by the author: The title story, THE CROSSROADS, originally published in the February 1941 issue of UNKNOWN. Plus, BORROWED GLORY and THE DEVIL’S RESCUE. THE CROSSROADS is a fun story about a farmer taking his fruit and vegetables to town to trade. However, he comes to a strange crossroad with roads leading in different direction. Not knowing which to take, he decides to rest at the crossroads. Oddly, travelers come from the different paths and find his goods were bargaining for. BORROWED GLORY. An angel and genie make a bet against humans. The genie doesn’t believe humans will keep their word if given something for a time, and the angel has more hope for humans. The angel offers an elderly lady 48 hours of anything she wishes, knowing that at the end of that period she must give everything back. The genie doesn’t believe the old woman will. The old woman had worked all her life for very little, never having loved, or known the love of a man, and her wishes are to be young and beautiful, and to experience the love she missed. Can she return it if she does find it? THE DEVIL’S RESCUE is about what the title says. Edward Lanson, Mate of the Gloucester Maid is the last survivor on his boat when sailors on the ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman, rescue him. And then who should appear but the Devil to bargain with the ship’s captain, and now another soul, Edward Lanson. Will the Devil end up with all souls, including Edward’s, or can the devil be beaten? These were fun little fantasy stories, each interesting and entertaining in their own right. But of the three, my favorite is BORROWED GLORY, about the elderly woman wishing to experience love. Highly recommended for the entertainment value.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
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.