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tinkoo said in March 8th, 2008 at 12:58 am

Thanks for linking me, Rusty.

I’ve seen all except #9; will try that – thanks for link.

Some personal observations on noted sites:
a. In my experience, #2 has been most consistent in linking stories I like. Should be a good choice for those preferring science fiction to fantasy. But I’ve read only about a dozen stories linked from there & do some filtering of my own – so don’t take this remark literally.

b. My experience so far with #3 is quite good. But I’ve only read less than a half dozen stories from there – mostly from classics section.

c. #5 may or may not appeal to those without English as first language. Since their posts are all audio, you have to be comfortable with US accent to like them.

d. #10 – Strange Horizons – sometimes does publish great scifi, but their focus is fantasy. I used to be a regular reader for several months.

If you are into fantasy – with heavy political leanings – you might like clarkesworld too. They do publish may be 1 or 2 scifi stories a year – but their scifi is not top of the line.

Another interesting source is Subterranean Online. Their scifi is very limited – mostly fantasy & non-genre. But top of the line authors. Comparable in quality & mix to Asimov’s – but free & fewer stories.

You might also want to look at Helix SF. It’s second rung on overall quality, but not bad for new fiction.

Paul Raven said in March 8th, 2008 at 5:32 am

Hi Rusty;

At the risk of self-plugging, you might like to take a look at Futurismic.

We’re a webzine that publishes original near-future science fiction stories once a month – we just returned to schedule after a long gap with the wonderful “Uxo, Bomb Dog” by Eliot Fintushel – but we also have a daily blog that rounds up topics of science fictional interest as well as a weekly collection of links to free science fiction stories online.

I hope you’ll come and have a look! 🙂

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Rusty said in March 8th, 2008 at 9:33 am


Yes, #2 (Free Speculative Fiction Online) is a very good site for finding high quality science fiction short stories. It was a close call between it and Free SF Reader for which one to put in the #1 spot. I ended up basing it off of which one I personally visit the most – but they are both excellent sites.

Also, thanks for pointing out that Escape Pod may be more difficult for people whose first language is not English – I hadn’t thought of that.

I had not visited Subterranean Press before, but it looks like a great find too, as does Helix – thanks!

Rusty said in March 8th, 2008 at 10:26 am


Wow – I can’t believe that I hadn’t run across Futurismic before this! It looks like there are some very interesting articles and short stories there, and those “Friday Free Fiction” posts are absolute treasure troves for finding SF stories online! I’ve added this site to my RSS feeds, thanks for pointing it out to us.

Blue Tyson said in March 8th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Well, thanks. 🙂

Another one that does post links to stuff like SF Signal does is Futurismic – http://futurismic.com/ , which is a science/tech blog website in general, but also publishes the odd story.

tinkoo said in March 9th, 2008 at 3:24 am

Ah – and how could we forget the Science Fiction Library of Project Gutenberg. A substantial part of it is available as downloadable CD image – but only via p2p networks (I don’t think they have http download for it).

An aside: I’ve a dedicated page for SH (no longer frequently updated, but has many entries from last year – brief story overviews). And I explicitly tag posts of Subterranean, Helix & AntiSF (not many of them, though).


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Rusty said in March 9th, 2008 at 9:55 am

Thanks, Tinkoo, for pointing out Project Gutenberg. Their Science Fiction Bookshelf is a great place for finding older and classic science fiction stories.

Also, the dedicated pages on your website are really nice starting points for people to discover new short stories. I especially liked the Strange Horizons and AntipodeanSF pages.

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david said in April 10th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

starshipsofa (http://www.starshipsofa.com/) has some brilliant stories (joe haldemen, alastair reynolds to name two) narrated extremely profesionaly every wednesday.

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kd7mvs said in June 30th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

http://jiltanith.thefifthimperium.com/ has extended snippits from Baen Books [all with permission]. Also the various Baen CDs, and the Project Gutenberg SF Library CD are there for HTTP download, either as .zip or .iso; yes, a non p2p source for the Gutenberg CD.

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sobrien140 said in July 3rd, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Great post, thanks for the sites.

We need a digg-like site dedicated to free science fiction where we can all rate the stories.

jcauaeaudits said in July 25th, 2008 at 6:25 am

The dedicated pages on your website are really nice starting points for people to discover new short stories.

Mark Miguel Latras said in March 6th, 2009 at 5:22 am

Please reed my story. It goes like this:
(a fictional story)

Once upon a time, there were six bestfriends who were not sp intelligent. But they dreamed to be an astronomer. They want to see the outer space. Like the sun, planets, moons and the stars. They wonder how the sun, planets, moons, and the stars were formed.

One night, they planned to sleep in the house where they usually rest. They also agreed to watch the sky because it is clear. After they watched the sky, they sleep immediately. After a while, they started to dream. All of them saw each other in their dream. All of them were surprised because they found themselves in the outer space floating. They were very happy and shocked. They were very glad because they can approach and touch the stars, sun, planets and the moons.

In the early morning, they wake up together. They were glad when each other said that they saw each other in their dream. When they went to school, they told their classmates about their dream. But unfortunately, their classmates did not believe them.

When they went home, they do first their homework before they will eat supper. One gloomy night, they started again to dream. For the second time they saw each other.

But that time, they were dreaming how the planet, moons, stars and the sun were formed. The stars were formed by bumping two shiny stones. The sun was formed by also bumping the stars. The planets were formed by bumping the stars and the sun. The moons were formed by bumping the stars, the sun and the planets.

When they wake up, they were very happy and glad. They were now contented to see the outer space even though in their dreams only.

They told their dream in their teacher. And the teacher said “Imagination is more important than Knowledge”.

They said why. The teacher said “For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

-Mark Miguel Latras

Hope you like it…………..