Happy 10th anniversary to BestScienceFictionStories.com! Today marks 10 years since I started this web site – and to celebrate the occasion I want to share with you my 25 favorite science fiction short stories! Read More
This is guest post by Marco Crosa.
“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason – if you pick the proper postulates. We have ours and Cutie has his.”
"Reason" is a 1941 short story by Isaac Asimov and his second one of the robot series. It is about two technicians who – during a mission in an orbital station – find themselves to deal with a robot who acquires consciousness of his own existence. Read More
This is a guest post by Jerry Robinette.
Festus Pragnell is an interesting, obscure writer from the mid-century pulps. His stories range from fairly conventional through slightly goofy to the truly weird. His work would have been perfect fodder for an illustrator like Basil Wolverton. Read More
This is a guest post by Timothy Darling.
Doctor Hugo Pinero invents a device for measuring the length of life and predicting the date and time of death. This leads to the protests of insurance companies and the potential collapse of the industry, not to mention many personal concerns, and the dilemma of a humanity confronted with knowledge that they perhaps should not have. Read More
“Beauty and the Beast” written by Henry Kuttner is about an alien life form that hatches on Earth. As he grows, the beast realizes he has some important information to give to humans. But since there is a language barrier and a fear factor, will he live long enough to share his vital knowledge? Read More
The Encyclopedists is part 2 of the first Foundation novel. It is here that we get our first glimpse of life on Terminus, the planet on the edge of the galaxy chosen to be the home of the Foundation. Read More
The Psychohistorians is the first part (or story) in the first Foundation novel. It begins by introducing us to Gaal Dornick who, with his newly minted doctorate degree in mathematics, is making his first inter-planetary trip to Trantor, the seat of the Galactic Empire. Read More
Twenty one years ago, at the tender age of seventeen, I read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series for the very first time. No one had recommended the books to me, and I knew absolutely nothing about the series – I just happened to pick the first one off the shelf of the book store I was visiting. Read More
One of the cool benefits about being in the science fiction blog-o-sphere is meeting people who really, REALLY love the things they read. This is no more apparent than in the very interesting email I received a few weeks ago from a woman who said that she had reprinted (with permission) a fine press edition of Fredric Brown’s short story “Etaoin Shrdlu.” Read More
“The Only Thing We Learn” is a 1949 science fiction short story by Cyril Kornbluth. It is about a group of rebel ships that attack their home planet and provide proof of a recurring historical theory.
“Mimsy Were the Borogoves” is a 1943 science fiction novelette by Lewis Padgett. It is about two young children who find a box of toys sent back from millions of years in the future, and the strange effect the toys have on their mental development.