Jack L. Chalker Audiobooks Collection – 38 Unabridged Books


Jack Laurence Chalker (December 17, 1944 – February 11, 2005) was an American science fiction author. Chalker was also a Baltimore City Schools history teacher in Maryland for 12 years, retiring in 1978 to write full-time. He also was a member of the Washington Science Fiction Association and was involved in the founding of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.
He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Some of his books said that he was born in Norfolk, Virginia although he later claimed that was a mistake; he attended high school at the Baltimore City College. Chalker earned a BA degree in English from Towson University in Towson, Maryland, where he was a theater critic on the school newspaper, The Towerlight. In 2003, Towson University named Chalker their Liberal Arts Alumni of the Year. He received a MLA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Chalker intended to become a lawyer, but financial problems led to him teaching instead. He taught history and geography in the Baltimore City Public Schools from 1966 to 1978, most notably at Baltimore City College and the now closed Southwest Senior High School. Chalker lectured on science fiction and technology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and numerous universities.
Chalker was married in 1978 and had two sons.
Chalker’s hobbies included esoteric audio, travel, and working on science-fiction convention committees. He also had a great interest in ferryboats, at his fiancee’s suggestion, their marriage was performed on the Roaring Bull boat, part of the Millersburg Ferry, in the middle of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.
Chalker joined the Washington Science Fiction Association in 1958, and in 1963 he and two friends founded the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Chalker attended every World Science Fiction Convention, bar one, from 1965 until 2004. He published an amateur SF journal, Mirage, from 1960 to 1971 (a Hugo nominee in 1963 for Best Fanzine), producing ten issues another journal, Interjection, ran 1968-1987 in association with the Fantasy Amateur Press Association. Chalker also founded a publishing house, Mirage Press, Ltd., for releasing nonfiction and bibliographic works on science fiction and fantasy.
Chalker enjoyed reading authors such as Eric Frank Russell, James White, Philip José Farmer, Raymond F. Jones, Robert A. Heinlein, and Jack Vance.
Chalker’s awards included the Daedalus Award (1983), The Gold Medal of the West Coast Review of Books (1984), Skylark Award (1980), and the Hamilton-Brackett Memorial Award (1979. He was a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award twice and for the Hugo Award twice. Chalker was posthumously awarded the Phoenix Award by the Southern Fandom Confederation on April 9, 2005.
In 1967, Chalker founded the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and he was a three-term treasurer of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Chalker was also the co-author (with Mark Owings) of The Science Fantasy Publishers (third edition in 1991, updated annually), published by Mirage Press, Ltd, a bibliographic guide to genre small press publishers which was a Hugo Award nominee in 1992. The Maryland Young Writers Contest, sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society,was renamed “‘The Jack L. Chalker Young Writers Contest” effective April 8, 2006.
Chalker is best known for his Well World series of novels, but he also wrote many other novels (most, but not all, part of series), and at least nine short stories.
Many of Chalker’s works involve some physical transformation of the main characters. For instance, in the Well World novels, immigrants to the Well World are transformed from their original form to become a member of one of the thousands of sentient species that inhabit that artificial planet. Another example would be that the Wonderland Gambit series resembles traditional Buddhist jataka-type reincarnation stories set in a science fiction environment. Steven Chalker announced that Wonderland Gambit might be made into a movie, but supposedly its close resemblance to The Matrix resulted in the project being shelved.
At the time of his death, Chalker left behind one unfinished novel, Chameleon. He was planning to write another novel, Ripsaw, following Chameleon.
On September 18, 2003, during Hurricane Isabel, Chalker passed out and was rushed to the hospital with a diagnosis of a heart attack. He was later released, but was severely weakened. On December 6, 2004, he was again rushed to hospital with breathing problems and disorientation, and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and a pneumothorax. Chalker was hospitalized in critical condition, then upgraded to stable condition on December 9, though he did not regain consciousness until December 15. After several more weeks in deteriorating condition and in a persistent vegetative state, with several transfers to different hospitals, Chalker died on February 11, 2005 of kidney failure and sepsis at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Some of Chalker’s remains are interred in the family plot at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore. The remainder were distributed off a ferry near Hong Kong, the ferry between Hainan Island and the Chinese mainland, a ferry in Vietnam, White’s Ferry on the Potomac River in Virginia on Father’s Day 2007, and on author H. P. Lovecraft’s grave in Providence, Rhode Island on December 17, 2005.

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Well World series

Jack L. Chalker – Midnight At The Well Of Souls (read by Peter Macon)
Jack L. Chalker – Exiles At The Well Of Souls (read by Peter Macon)
Jack L. Chalker – Quest For The Well Of Souls (read by Peter Macon)

The Four Lords of the Diamond series

Jack L. Chalker – Lilith: A Snake In The Grass (read by Kirby Heyborne)
Jack L. Chalker – Cerberus: A Wolf In The Fold (read by Kirby Heyborne)
Jack L. Chalker – Charon: A Dragon At The Gate (read by Kirby Heyborne)
Jack L. Chalker – Medusa: A Tiger By The Tail (read by Kirby Heyborne)

Dancing Gods series

Jack L. Chalker – The River Of The Dancing Gods (read by Eric G. Dove)
Jack L. Chalker – Demons Of The Dancing Gods (read by Eric G. Dove)
Jack L. Chalker – Vengeance Of The Dancing Gods (read by Eric G. Dove)
Jack L. Chalker – Songs Of The Dancing Gods (read by Eric G. Dove)
Jack L. Chalker – Horrors Of The Dancing Gods (read by Eric G. Dove)

Rings of the Master series

Jack L. Chalker – Lords Of The Middle Dark (read by Jamie Du Pont MacKenzie)
Jack L. Chalker – Pirates Of The Thunder (read by Jamie Du Pont MacKenzie)
Jack L. Chalker – Warriors Of The Storm (read by Jamie Du Pont MacKenzie)
Jack L. Chalker – Masks Of The Martyrs (read by Jamie Du Pont MacKenzie)

Soul Rider series

Jack L. Chalker – Spirits Of Flux And Anchor (read by Andy Caploe)
Jack L. Chalker – Empires Of Flux And Anchor (read by Andy Caploe)
Jack L. Chalker – Masters Of Flux And Anchor (read by Andy Caploe)
Jack L. Chalker – The Birth Of Flux And Anchor (read by Andy Caploe)
Jack L. Chalker – Children Of Flux And Anchor (read by Andy Caploe)

Changewinds series

Jack L. Chalker – When The Changewinds Blow (read by Cassandra Morris)
Jack L. Chalker – Riders Of The Winds (read by Cassandra Morris)
Jack L. Chalker – War Of The Maelstrom (read by Cassandra Morris)

G.O.D. Inc. series

Jack L. Chalker – The Labyrinth Of Dreams (read by Darren Stephens)
Jack L. Chalker – The Shadow Dancers (read by Marcella Rose Sciotto)
Jack L. Chalker – The Maze In The Mirror (read by Darren Stephens)

Wonderland Gambit series

Jack L. Chalker – The Cybernetic Walrus (read by Andy Caploe)
Jack L. Chalker – The March Hare Network (read by Andy Caploe)
Jack L. Chalker – The Hot-Wired Dodo (read by Andy Caploe)


Jack L. Chalker – The Messiah Choice (read by Norman Dietz)
Jack L. Chalker – Dancers In The Afterglow (read by Al Dano)
Jack L. Chalker – The Web Of The Chozen (read by Steven Menasche)
Jack L. Chalker – The Moreau Factor (read by Barry Campbell)
Jack L. Chalker – Downtiming The Nightside (read by John Morgan)
Jack L. Chalker – The Identity Matrix (read by Kathy Garver)
Jack L. Chalker – And the Devil Will Drag You Under (read by David Doersch)
Jack L. Chalker – A Jungle Of Stars (read by Dave Courvoisier)

Well World series

The Four Lords of the Diamond series

Dancing Gods series

Rings of the Master series

Soul Rider series

Changewinds series

G.O.D. Inc. series

Wonderland Gambit series