The 10 Best Web Sites for Free Online Science Fiction Short Stories
In my search for the best science fiction short stories to read and review, I have come across several really good web sites. These are the ones to which I am constantly returning to read stories as well as get ideas and recommendations for my own posts. All of these sites either post links to free online stories, or publish their own original content, and they all post to legal, non-pirated stories. So here you go, my top ten web sites for finding free online science fiction short stories.
Run by Australian Blue Tyson, this site is made up entirely of links to free short stories, articles and novels that can be read online. Loads of good science fiction stories in several categories, plus he rates how well he likes each story. If you are looking for lots and lots of free online science fiction stories to read then this is the place to go.
This site links to science fiction & fantasy stories and novels which can be found online. Loads of links with a special rating system for each one indicating how accessible, downloadable and persistent each link is. Plus a star rating system that lets you know how well he liked each story. The ability to search by author, magazine or award makes it super easy to find excellent short stories to read online.
3. Sci Fiction
Originally part of Scifi channel’s website, this collection is not updated anymore but has a great archive of both classic and original science fiction short stories by famous authors. All of them online and absolutely free.
A nice collection of science fiction short stories by famous authors. Lots of big names with stories in free HTML format.
5. Escape Pod
This is a site which offers only science fiction audio stories and podcasts in MP3 format. With a new free story each week, this site also has a large archive of great stories by famous authors. Categorized by movie ratings, it is easy to find something that suits your tastes.
6. SF Signal
This is a general science fiction fan site with news and articles about every type of media in the genre – novels, movies, art, stories – you name it. They frequently have links to free stories, several of which are brand new and all of which are online.
An Australian based online magazine devoted to short science fiction stories (under 500 words) known as flash fiction. All of the stories are free and most of them have a nifty twist ending. Some amazing short stories packed into teeny-tiny spaces!
8. Variety SF
Based in Bombay, India, the owner of this site does some amazingly in-depth reviews of science fiction short stories. Although he reviews longer pieces, as well as printed ones, when he does review the free stories he makes sure you have a link to them.
A quarterly online magazine featuring short stories, flash fiction and poetry. This site has had several short stories nominated for major awards and included in best-of-year anthologies.
10. Strange Horizons
According to their site Strange Horizons is “a weekly web-based magazine of and about speculative fiction”. It includes articles, columns, reviews, poetry and stories. It has had several short stories nominated for major awards, such as the Hugo, as well as included in best-of-year anthologies. Each week you get at least one high quality original short story to read for free.
Do you know of other good web sites for finding free (and legal) science fiction stories online? If so please leave a comment telling us about them.