Here’s a queer, 100 year old non-SF story that has influenced many a Science Fiction reader (and writer). I had actually first taken note of it, and planned to read it when, a few years ago, I spotted Blackstone Audio’s release of The Secret Sharer And Other Stories by Robert Silverberg. Here’s a snippet from Jon Davis’ Majipoor.com (the Quasi-Official Robert Silverberg website):
“[The Secret Sharer] was written as a sort of tribute to the classic Joseph Conrad story of the same name. … Conrad’s tale of a ship captain who befriends a mysterious stowaway is translated into a far future where the technology appears magical, and interstellar trade is accomplished on gigantic needle-shaped ships seemingly made of light.”
Now The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, on the other hand, is a story that I’ve meant to read for years. Now, thanks to LibriVox.org (and narrator Gregg Margarite), you, I and everyone else finally has the opportunity to hear it and share it freely!
The Secret Sharer
By Joseph Conrad; Read by Gregg Margarite
2 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 1 Hour 43 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: June 14, 2010
A young untested ship captain finds a man named Leggatt clinging to the side of his ship. The Captain makes the unusual decision to hide Leggatt in his quarters. What is he thinking? Conrad will tell us. First published in the August and September 1910 issues of Harper’s Magazine.
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Posted by Jesse Willis