Captain Future #1 Audiobook
The Space Emperor
by Edmond Hamilton
Read by Milton Bagby
Follow the quest of Curtis Newton, wizardman of science, as he scours the worlds of tomorrow in the hunt for the greatest interplanetary outlaw of all time! A creeping menace invades the galaxy in a sweep of interplanetary conquest—and Captain Future meets his most powerful enemy... the Space Emperor!
Thrilling Publications editor-in-chief Leo Margulies and his main SF man, Mort Weisinger, attended the first World Science Fiction Convention in New York back in 1939. Impressed, Margulies blurted out, “I didn’t think you fans could be so damn sincere!” Huddling, they concocted Captain Future on the spot.
That was the legend. In reality, Margulies and Weisinger had been brainstorming the concept for many months. Conceived as a Doc Savage of the future, Curt Newton was at first called Mr. Future. After the death of his parents, Newton was raised by a trio of surrogate parents—Grag the robot, Otho the android and Simon Wright, a scientist whose brain was kept alive after his body failed. These three reared up Curt in a secret laboratory on the Moon. His mission: to protect planetary peace.
Weisinger turned to the most popular SF writer of his generation, Edmond Hamilton, whose well-received novel starring The Three Planeteers had kicked off the first issue of Startling Stories months before. Hamilton reimagined the new hero as Captain Future, basing the series on The Three Planeteers. The action was set in the far future—the 1990s!
Given his own magazine, the Ace of Space debuted in The Space Emperor, a rollicking romp that raced from the Moon to Jupiter. Backed up by his trusty proton pistol and his three nonhuman aides, Captain Future patrolled the known planets in the Comet, a supercool spaceship that camouflaged itself as a fiery comet.
Rocket into science fiction adventure and discover new worlds. Ripped from the pages of the Winter 1940 issue of Captain Future magazine, “The Space Emperor” is read with wonder and excitement by Milton Bagby.
Chapter 1: Doom on Jupiter
Chapter 2: Out of the Past
Chapter 3: Ambush in Space
Chapter 4: World of Creeping Crystals
Chapter 5: Power of the Space Emperor
Chapter 6: Monsters That Were Men
Chapter 7: Otho Takes the Trail
Chapter 8: The Trail
Chapter 9: Laboratory Magic
Chapter 10: Beneath Jovian Moons
Chapter 11: Brain and Robot
Chapter 12: Secret of the Mine
Chapter 13: Place of the Dead
Chapter 14: The Living Ancient
Chapter 15: Doom of An Earthman
Chapter 16: Prison Pit
Chapter 17: Chamber of Horrors
Chapter 18: The Sleeper in the Cavern
Chapter 19: The Epic of Ages
Chapter 20: Power of the Ancients
Chapter 21: The Unmasking
Chapter 22: The Way of Captain Future
Milton Bagby is a veteran radio announcer and voiceover specialist who first turned to audiobooks in 2010. Since then, Milton has worked on over a hundred audiobook projects as a narrator or producer. Drawing upon years of stage acting and the occasional bit part in films, Milton uses his experience to create characters that stand out in the ear of the listener.
“I am very much aware that a perfect stranger is going to invest several hours listening to me tell a story. I do my best to give the listener an experience in which the characters in that story come alive and sound real.”
When not behind a microphone, Milton is a writer. In addition to the well-received Rick Burkhart crime novels, Milton writes a line of 1950s style pulp stories, and is the author of dozens of magazine articles and two non-fiction books. Milton and his wife live in Nashville.