book cover of Dimension of Miracles

Dimension of Miracles

(1968)
A novel by

 
 
Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2014

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on Dimension of Miracles: "Dimension of Miracles is probably not [Sheckley's] most famous book.... but I think it's probably his best-loved book. It's about the joys and tribulations (mostly the tribulations) of winning the lottery-the galactic lottery-accidentally. And wrongly. Tom Carmody is awarded a remarkable prize, is taken half way across the universe to collect it, finds himself hopelessly lost, and needs to find his way home again to Earth...to this Earth, not an alternate, weirdo Earth. He's got to get back. And the price is high.

In its style of humor-and even in some of the jokes-Dimension of Miracles is very obviously a precursor of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas actually hadn't read Dimension of Miracles until very shortly after Hitchhiker came out, when people pointed him to it, and he told me that he found the experience almost shocking-it was like reading himself. He was a huge admirer of Bob Sheckley and a huge admirer of this book, and in later life, I had the privilege of introducing both of them.

Now the challenge for me with a book this funny, this strange, this perceptive was to try and find a narrator who was as iconic, somebody who could deliver the goods, somebody who could give you a book like this as it deserved to be given. And the first, and the last, and actually the only person to come to mind was John Hodgman. So I asked John, and he said yes! And he did it; he pulled it off. Listening to John-not just the suave, sensible, sane narrator of this book, but all the peculiar accents and incarnations that he is forced to adopt through here-he does it delightfully, he does it brilliantly, he's really, really funny. And so is this book. Enjoy your journey through a Dimension of Miracles."

Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home. Meanwhile, his removal from Earth has caused a predatory entity to spring into existence - one that aims to destroy him. Carmody is on the run, and he ends up transporting from Earth to Earth - different phases and realities of the planet.


Get it on Google Play

Similar books by other authors

thumb
Swordspoint
(Swords of Riverside, book 1)
Ellen Kushner

Used availability for Robert Sheckley's Dimension of Miracles

Hardback Editions

December 1969 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 0-575-03706-7 / 978-0-575-03706-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 1969 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles (Gollancz SF)
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 0-575-00199-2 / 978-0-575-00199-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

September 1989 : USA Paperback

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 1-55785-116-6 / 978-1-55785-116-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bart Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 1986 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 0-586-04551-1 / 978-0-586-04551-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles (Ace SF, 14860)
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 0-441-14860-3 / 978-0-441-14860-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 1977 : UK Paperback

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 0-586-04775-1 / 978-0-586-04775-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Panther Granada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 1971 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles (Mayflower science fantasy)
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 0-583-11846-1 / 978-0-583-11846-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents
Availability: Amazon   


March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles (Library Edition)
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 1-4417-3662-X / 978-1-4417-3662-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2011 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 1-4417-3666-2 / 978-1-4417-3666-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2011 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Dimension of Miracles (Library Edition)
Author(s): Robert Sheckley
ISBN: 1-4417-3663-8 / 978-1-4417-3663-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA