“The Moon Moth” is a 1961 science fiction short story by Jack Vance. It is about an unconfident, rookie diplomat on a planet where everyone wears masks and communicates using hard-to-understand social customs. Read More
"The Streets of Ashkelon" is a 1962 science fiction short story by Harry Harrison. It is about the small aliens on a newfound planet, and the trader and missionary who try to convince them of opposing ideas. Read More
“Dragonflight” is a 1968 science fiction novel by Anne McCaffrey. It is composed of 3 novellas about a young woman who rises from displaced servant girl to queen of an army of planet defending dragons. Read More
Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore is one of those stories that may not be as wildly celebrated as most well-known science fiction epics, but it oughtta, by sheer virtue of it being so damn good.
Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex by Larry Niven is the superhuman pop culture equivalent of your father leading you into the woods to shoot your dog that’s gone rabid. He makes you do it yourself and doesn’t even buy you a sundae after you’ve pulled the trigger. Read More
Carcinoma Angels by Norman Spinrad is a 1967 story that should not be hyped, reviewed in full or spoiled in any way. It should instead be slipped into every man woman and child’s reading list and just wait for the screaming. Read More
I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by the carbon-based unit called Harlan Ellison is an obvious attempt at anti-singularity propaganda, wherein the conciousist trope of Artificial Intelligences attempting to destroy mankind has originated. Read More
This is a guest post by Jason Miner.
This science fiction story was featured in Galaxy Magazine in June 1960. The idea behind it is that a man has lost his memory and does not know who he is. Read More
Pay for the Printer is a post-apocalyptic short science fiction story written by Philip K. Dick, concerning the coming of benevolent aliens to the aid of humanity, with tragic results.
World War III. World is in ashes. Mankind is doomed. Or is it? There are still caddies roaming the ruins of the interstate, perfectly good suburban houses, working lawnmowers. People have somehow managed to keep all their cool stuff, to live a peaceful, fully content existence among the ashes.
Who could have possibly saved all this? How could mankind still hold on to that sort of luxury?
And why are all those awesome trinkets randomly collapsing into ash? Read More
This is a guest post by Kristie Lewis.
Today I’d like to introduce you to an esoteric but delightful linked collection of short stories, Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics. In the early 1960s, Calvino began playing with celestial bodies, microbes, and prehistoric creatures as characters, and published these short fables or “cosmicomics” in magazines like Playboy before collecting them as Cosmicomics (1965; English edition 1968). This moment in time, just before a decade of massive and terrifying upheaval, was perhaps the high-water mark of secularism, in America at least. Many people were looking for ways to take the truth that science was rapidly uncovering about the universe, and make it congeal as a compelling, coherent narrative. Read More
The Eyes Have It is a comedic scifi short story by Philip K. Dick, in which stars his most clueless, ass-hat character yet.
There’s not much I can say about this exceptionally short story, except that its narrator (and protagonist) suffers from what I can only describe as MIS (metaphor incomprehensibility syndrome). It’s literally about a crackpot man, who has trouble understanding how metaphors work and in fact considers them to be subliminal hints concerning a coming alien invasion.