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SF/F Short Fiction Recs

Discussion in 'Fiction Discussion' started by Acatalepsy, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Acatalepsy

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    There's a lot of good science fiction out there. In User Fiction in particular, we spend a lot of time diving into what are frankly literal piles of crap looking for gems - wouldn't it be better if someone else did that for us? Wouldn't it be even better if they edited, provided illustrations for, and produced audio readings of high quality science fiction and fantasy stories?

    Wouldn't it be amazing if these hypothetical people who I am about to discuss concretely would then release these stories for free on the internet?

    Congratulations, SV. You're in luck. These things are everywhere, they do amazing work, and you should check them out. In no particular order, my list of science fiction and fantasy e-zines (and any others that get posted as well).

    In addition to the e-zines, a great deal of other original science fiction is published online, sometimes by the author on their personal website or blog.


    Some works that will temporarily be available for download.


    A lot of old, classic SF/F is out of copyright and hosted on places like Project Gutenburg.

    This is the thread for posting such links, and drawing attention to or discussing specific works, authors, or whatever.
     
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  2. Acatalepsy

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    Oh, and because I thought it was awesome: Foxfire, Foxfire, a short story about tricky fox spirits and giant robots. It is currently one of my favorite things. Also high on my list of favorite things is Testimony Before an Emergency Session of The Naval Cephalopod Command, which is approximately as great as it sounds (ie, very). For the drabblecast, if you can, listen to the audio version - it's very well done, and almost always chilling.
     
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  3. MJ12 Commando

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  4. Creative Mung from Eric Burns-White — Banter Latte

    Home to some good works including Interviewing Leather (a sort of story about supervillains and why they exist done in expose style) Lovelace 1/2 (one of the most evocative works about super-intelligence I've seen) and Corbett-877 (an exploration of certain themes in science fiction technology).

    Unfortunately it has not updated in years, but still worth a read through.
     
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  5. A.E Van Vogt's The Monster has a special place for me.
     
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  7. I still find the Clarkesworld guidelines to be hilarious:
     
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  8. stormbringer951

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    Identity Theft by David Atos on 365tomorrows is a great piece of flash fiction with a killer finish.

    Mongoose by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette is a pretty great blend of Lewis Carroll and H.P. Lovecraft by way of adorable eldritch abominations (@Admiral Skippy will confirm its adorableness) and spacewhales. Listen to the Drabblecast reading of it, it's excellent.

    The Harry and Marlowe series of short stories by Carrie Vaughn is pretty fun serialized pulp steampunk (@Sarpedon and @100thlurker will back me up here). One Two Three Four Five

    Why Don't You Ask The Doomsday Machine? by Elliot Essex is a pretty great science fictional short story set from the doomsday macguffin's point of view.

    The Battle of York by James Stoddard is American history as fantasy future myth.

    The Things by Peter Watts. His take on The Thing, featuring the Thing's point of view. It's horrifyingly Watts in the best possible way :D.

    And this is a great short story with one of my favourite readings ever.

    I'll post some more stuff I like later and probably some more magazine links. I've been looking for an excuse to sort out my incredibly long list of bookmarks.

    EDIT: Stickying this as a useful long term thread for curating short story recs.

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    There is also a podcast version of this available at Drabblecast (with adorable cover art, of course). ^^
     
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  10. Isaac Asimov's "The Last Answer" is another favorite of mine by its philosophical context.
     
  11. all fictions

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    I keep mentionning it, and I will keep doing it, but Despoilers of the Golden Empire by Randall Garrett will always get my eternal recommendation for its plot twist.

    There is also A Troll Story by Nicola Griffith, but for some reason the link no longer works, so have another.
    I largely prefer The Last Question myself.
     
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  12. Great topic, I've enjoyed a lot of the posted links. But how short are we talking here? Since one of my favorites is quite the opposite of lengthy
    Pine Barrens (@QuietPineTrees) | Twitter

    It's like cell phone fiction taken down to an even smaller level
     
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  13. A couple of my favorites:

    "The Gravity Mine" by Stephen Baxter. A beautiful story of self-discovery. Set post-heat death.

    "Superiority" by Arthur C. Clarke: Short story of a space opera war. 'More advanced' doesn't necessarily mean, 'better.'
     
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  14. Someone already beat me to The Last Question, so I'm just going to recommend What Is This Thing Called Love? in which aliens are very confused by sexual reproduction. Definitely not the most profound of Asimov's shorts, but it is one of the funnier ones.
     
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  15. I have to say, this thread became a golden mine for me, not only as a constant source of reading about new worlds, but also as a source to work on translations.
     
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  16. InterstellarHobo

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    I am extremely pleased with this thread.
    I'm presently a subscriber to the (physical!) sci-fi magazine Asimov's Science Fiction and I read Analog Science Fiction from my local library. Can be hit or miss, and do cost money if you aren't getting them at the library, but is a great source of physical, professionally edited science fiction.
     
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  18. Well, it sure is short.
     
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  20. the atom

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    The Things
    The Thing from the perspective of the titular alien.
     
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  21. The House of Aunts by Zen Cho is a fantasy novella featuring Malaysian vampires, all but one of whom are the titular Chinese-Malaysian aunts. It's probably more slice of life than SV's usual fare, but I liked the author's touch- lighthearted and thoughtful as appropriate.
     
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