"A Slave is a Slave" is a 1963 science fiction novella by H. Beam Piper. It is about a planet conquered by an Empire which quickly outlaws their ancient way of life. 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.
Foster, you’re Dead by Philip K. Dick is a short science fiction story which tells us the story of Foster and his everyday life in a climate of growing paranoia in the US, where the Red Scare dictates almost every aspect of everyday life.
Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick is a sci-fi short story that is essentially a parody on viral marketing. Despite the fact that this story was written during the 60’s, it still reads like something contemporary, a gentleman’s rant, if you will. Read More
This is a guest post by Rick Buchan.
The Nature Of Man. Since the days of Pinocchio, inanimate devices seem mesmerized by Man and obsessed with trying to discover the answer to what it is and what it means to be human.
This quirky yet wonderful novelette, written by Roger Zelazny in 1966, illustrates the frustratingly perplex struggle to correlate genius with folly, strength with frailty, and all the promise and pratfalls of what it means to be Man! (*) Read More
“Thin Edge” is a 1963 science fiction novelette by Johnathan Blake Mac Kenzie (a.k.a. Randall Garrett). It is about an asteroid miner who comes to Earth to investigate the disappearance of his friend. Read More
"Subjectivity" is a 1964 science fiction short story by Norman Spinrad. It is about the crew of an inter-stellar ship who use hallucinogenic drugs to deal with the boredom of long space flight. Read More
“Code Three” is a 1963 science fiction novella by Rick Raphael. It is about 3 officers (and their huge patrol vehicle) who work dangerous jobs as patrolmen on the North American Continental Thruway Patrol. Read More
“Harrison Bergeron” is a 1961 science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut. It is about a future society in which talented and gifted people are forced to wear handicapping equipment to make them “more normal.”
“Neutron Star” is a 1966 science fiction short story by Larry Niven. It is about a man sent to investigate the mysterious deaths of two space explorers who were studying the galaxy’s only known neutron star.
“We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” is a 1966 science fiction novelette by Philip K. Dick. It is about a man who desperately wants to go to Mars but can’t afford it, so he gets vacation memories implanted instead.
A Rose for Ecclesiastes
by Roger Zelazny
• Word count: 12431
• Page count: 29
“A Rose for Ecclesiastes” is a 1963 science fiction novelette written by Roger Zelazny. It is about a gifted linguist who is the first human allowed to read sacred Martian texts.
The Day the Martians Came
by Frederik Pohl
• Word count: 2579
• Page count: 6
The Day the Martians Came is an interestingly abstract science fiction short story by Frederik Pohl. First published in 1967 it explores the social ramifications of humans discovering an alien race.
The story follows one night of a hotel manager as he struggles to deal with all the reporters in his establishment on the eve of NASA’s returning Algonquin Nine – an expediton to Mars. Read More