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The Best Science Fiction Short Stories – and where to find them!
Alienation by Robert Pritchard is Borjesian-style science fiction, in the style of T’Lon or Ulqbar, featuring linguistic invasions, reality altering and mouth-watering weirdness.
And the Hunter, Home From the Hill by Edward Morris is dark and brooding superhero fiction, the way it should be written.
The Flight Of The Red Monsters By Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam is a story of direction-less hate and war unleashed, of violence perpetrated without any consideration for the risks and the eventual downfall inherent in a genocidal war between species.
Transmatic by Chris Kelso is an exercise in weirdness. Featuring hitmen with retirement dreams of purchasing candy-apple red Nove Supremes, doctors with scientific degrees on fields no-ones ever heard of and casual personality-wiping detox programs.
Cybernetrix by Carlton Mellick III is the weirdest work of 80’s sociopolitical satire you’ll ever read, based on one of the worst-best examples of early computer animation in popular culture.
CL3ANS3 by Carrie Cuinn is Lovecraft mythos for the digital age. It’s digitized horrors lurking somewhere behind and above your user-interface. It’s about ancient cosmic horrors catching up to our own alienated world and molding it to their own image.
For Sale: One Red Planet by Jeff Hewitt is the story of ECD Trimmond and his continued attempts to get rid of the real-estate burden that is Mars, passed down to him from his forefathers and the interested parties that pester him along the way.
The Man Who Heard Donuts by Oliver Buckram is one of those strange examples of fiction that grabs your by the face the second you start reading it and holds you down until the last word, before slamming your face against the book and going ‘Any Questions?’
Open Lines By Jeremy Maddux is late night talk-show madness. It’s madness in the airwaves, it’s drama in the recording booth. It’s red ON AIR lights flashing against the enveloping night, radiating outward from your AM dashboard radio.
Maker Of Flight by Richard Thomas is what happens when you make a story that should become a stop-motion animation short for the ages.
My Best Friend is a Robot by Brady Gerber is a story about a man named Dave and his descent into an existential nightmare and the equivalent of the last other person on earth holding you under the water until you drown, then dying of a heart attack, thus leaving you unharmed but alone forever.
Super-Earth Mother by Guy Immega is the epic hard-scifi recounting of how mankind reached and finally colonized distant exo-planets, through the help of the AI agents and caretakers, the Mother series.
Romero 2.0 by David Conyers and Brian Sammons is old-school Martian zombie horror, the kind that the genre needs as it swan song, before we shoot it in the head and then cry about it for 4 episodes.
Graveyard Orbit by Shane Jiraiya Cummings is the kind of story Dead Space wants to be but fails and Event Horizon didn’t manage to become because the writers pulled their punches.
The Server and the Dragon by Hannu Rajaniemi is a story about the mindscapes of machines, of the infinity of universes contained in the confines of a mind.
The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution by A.C. Wise is not a story about smut. It’s not about far-future pleasure, either. It’s a story about endings, about history in the making, about one war seen in many different ways. It’s about the Moebius-strip shape of human history and human shame.
Black Sun by Todd Nelsen is a story about a hero returning to fight the good fight, roused after his imprisonment by cosmic power, to set the world to writes, superhero-style!
Best Regards by Andrew S. Williams is a story about future troubles and the pains of the fix-it spacemen of the future. It is also pretty damn funny.
The Old One By PA Douglas is the literary equivalent of a chainsaw revving up halfway through a solemn open mic night of Lovecraft reading, before breaking into a slam poetry version of ‘The Fungi from Yuggoth’