This project is complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page:
This collection is for science fiction recordings of less than 70 minutes in duration
- Text must be in the Public Domain (with expired copyright, or published before 1923)
- Each recording must contain a complete story
- Claiming stories is unnecessary (duplicates are held for future collections)
- There is no deadline (when finished, post to the currently open collection)
- For help with LibriVox requirements and policies see the Recording Notes topic
- Stories found on the Project Gutenberg US site are cleared for recording
- Gutenberg’s Science Fiction Bookshelf is a good starting point
- Gutenberg’s science fiction content is not always cataloged as such (search by other criteria)
- Gutenberg plain text, us-ascii, uncompressed files of less than 78 KB or 10,000 story words can generally be read in less than 70 minutes
- The LibriVox wiki also contains pages listing Gutenberg stories appropriate to this collection:
- The Science Fiction Short Stories page shows stories that can be read in less than 60 minutes
- The Science Fiction Shortish Stories page shows longer stories that may be read in less than 60 minutes depending on your reading speed
- The LibriVox Short Science Fiction Index displays stories already in the LibriVox catalog (Note: duplicates welcome)
- Stories from sources other than Gutenberg require evidence of public domain status. For more information see the Copyright and Public Domain page of the LibriVox wiki
- Recording must be a monaural MP3 file with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and a bit rate of 128 Kbps.
- File name must be formatted entirely in lower case letters and use under-bars to separate values as in: ssf044_titleinoneword_authorlastname_readersinitials.mp3 (e.g. ssf044_nightfall_asimov_abc.mp3) – Exclude definite articles like “The” from the file name (e.g. grapesofwrath_steinbeck_abc.mp3)
- Recording must contain LibriVox announcements at beginning and end:
“[story title] by [author]. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
You can then optionally say: "Recording by [your name]".
Then repeat: "[Title], by [author]. Translated by [translator]."
"End of [title], by [author] Translated by [translator]."
You can then optionally say: "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
- Recordings of less than 30 minutes require 5 seconds of silence at the end of the file
- Recordings of more than 30 minutes require 10 seconds of silence at the end of the file
- All files must have ID3 V2 tags that populate the following 3 fields:
Title: [story title]
Artist: [author name] (trans. by [translator name])
Album: Librivox Short Sci-fi Story Collection, vol. 044
- For help with ID3 V2 tags see the What is ID3 page of the LibriVox wiki
For help with recording issues see the LibriVox Newbie Guide to Recording
For help with noise cleaning in your recordings see the Noise Cleaning page of the LibriVox wiki
Posting completed recordings:
- Send your completed recording to us by using the LibriVox Uploader
folder: gam – GreggMargarite
- Always post a message to this forum thread after a successful upload. The message must contain:
- The story title
- The author’s name
- The URL displayed by the LibriVox Uploader after the file has successfully uploaded
- The URL for the online version of the text
- The duration of the recording
- If this is your first submission to the Short Science Fiction Collections please provide:
- Your name/pseudonym as you wish it to appear in the LibriVox catalog
- Your personal website URL (optional)
- Check this forum thread frequently for messages pertaining to your story!
- For help with posting completed recordings see the How to send your recording wiki page