Islands of Space

Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 873 reviews)

As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies, Arcot, Wade, Morey and Fuller could see below them, like a vast shining horizon, the mass of stars that formed their own island universe. Morey worked a moment with his slide rule, then said, "We made good time! Twenty-nine light years in ten seconds! Yet you had it on at only half power...." Arcot pushed the control lever all the way to full power. The ship filled with the strain of flowing energy, and sparks snapped in the air of the control room as they raced at an inconceivable speed through the darkness of intergalactic space. But suddenly, far off to their left and far to their right, they saw two shining ships paralleling their course! They held grimly to the course of the Earth ship, bracketing it like an official guard. The Earth scientists stared at them in wonder. "Lord," muttered Morey, "where can they have come from?" (Summary by from the Gutenberg text) (7 hr 0 min)


00 - Prologue 2:59 Read by Mark Nelson
01 - Chapter 1 16:11 Read by Mark Nelson
02 - Chapter 2 22:05 Read by Mark Nelson
03 - Chapter 3 16:29 Read by Mark Nelson
04 - Chapter 4 19:45 Read by Mark Nelson
05 - Chapter 5 21:29 Read by Mark Nelson
06 - Chapter 6 21:21 Read by Mark Nelson
07 - Chapter 7 16:08 Read by Mark Nelson
08 - Chapter 8 16:57 Read by Mark Nelson
09 - Chapter 9 20:25 Read by Mark Nelson
10 - Chapter 10 18:27 Read by Mark Nelson
11 - Chapter 11 14:36 Read by Mark Nelson
12 - Chapter 12 20:45 Read by Mark Nelson
13 - Chapter 13 20:00 Read by Mark Nelson
14 - Chapter 14 16:27 Read by Mark Nelson
15 - Chapter 15 20:24 Read by Mark Nelson
16 - Chapter 16 19:14 Read by Mark Nelson
17 - Chapter 17 20:04 Read by Mark Nelson
18 - Chapter 18 16:24 Read by Mark Nelson
19 - Chapter 19 16:35 Read by Mark Nelson
20 - Chapter 20 20:00 Read by Mark Nelson
21 - Chapter 21 19:55 Read by Mark Nelson
22 - Chapter 22 12:38 Read by Mark Nelson
23 - Chapter 23 10:42 Read by Mark Nelson


Islands of space.

(5 stars)

A great story read by a great reader Mark Nelson , the downside from the 1940's the future seemed to have unlimited possibilities, what happened , where are my intergalactic ships my flying cars and problems that technology can solve 😞 , only in my dreams.

Old School Sci Fi!

(4.5 stars)

10,000,000 light years from home and we find our way back with a couple of photographs? I wanted to give the space ship a navigational computer and maybe some coordinates! Other than that the Ancient Mariner rocked the universe! Weapons, metallurgy, and engine power were a 10. Unstoppable power the old school way! The narration was perfect!

(5 stars)

the reader of this story was great he gave life to the story so i felt as if i were there. The story was a good listen. I realy liked the reader of this story because he reads with feeling.

perfect story

(5 stars)

enjoyed each and every chapter ,from start to finish. perfect everything about the story..........although i hope another book will come soon,Continuing from arriving at earth with the Metal Giant to introduce to the world.


(5 stars)

it's a great book and really good narration, a must read series make sure to look up the author on librivox by the different author spellings below to hear the series what of it thats on librivox --- in addition its rather annoying that : "John W. Campbell", "John Wood jr Campbell", and "John Wood Campbell jr" are all listed as different authors in librivox and they really aren't as far as i can tell since all the books/stories are set in the same world and or series and theme this really does need correction.....

Grown ups' Romp Around the Galaxy 2

(5 stars)

I love this series. It's simply a fun romp around the galaxy. Like Tom Swift for adults. Sure the science is a bit crazy, dated and at times ridiculous - but it doesn't take from the story.

islands of space

(5 stars)

When the author gets finished with the science and on to the fiction, it's a very entertaining story. The reader does a great job. I would love to hear Mark read the first book in the series (The Black Star Passes)

Classic & entertaining sci-fi.

(4 stars)

This is the 1st work from this author that I've listened to, and really enjoyed it. It's classic sci-fi read by one of the best at LibriVox, the superb Mark Nelson. What could be more entertaining than that?