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 an unsolicited guest post from Oliver, one of our readers in Germany. Thanks Oliver!
“Death and Designation among the Asadi” is a 1973 science fiction novella by Michael Bishop. It tells the story of Egan Cheney, a xenologist who studies an alien race on a distant colony world. Read More
After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg is the one story you know it would make for an awesome Dr Who special. Or Twilight Zone episode. Or anything, just somebody PLEASE MAKE THIS!
“Leor’s new machine had crystal rods and silver sides. A giant emerald was embedded in its twelve-angled lid.”
There are no problems in the future. Everyone’s belly is full, no-one drowns or thirsts or is ever unhappy. There are such lovely marvels in the future, when the mysteries of the Universe have been laid bare and Earth’s problems are in Earth’s past, the planet itself a distant memory.
It is the best of times and the worst part is, everybody agrees.
“Sandkings” is a 1979 science fiction novelette by George R. R. Martin. It is about a rich man who enjoys exotic, alien pets – and finally comes across one species that is more than he can handle! Read More
This is a guest post by Mariana Ashley.
Ursula K. Le Guin is a giant in the world of science fiction and fantasy, and yet in my experience very few seasoned readers of the genres have ever heard of her. I have mixed emotions when someone tells me they’ve never heard of Ursula K. Le Guin: I’m sad that they went so long in their lives without ever reading a living master of scifi, but I’m also stoked that I get to introduce them to her work.
Her stories can be dense enough to intimidate younger readers, yet her themes are deeply philosophical and cerebral—she often appeals to academics and veteran scifi readers. Le Guin ponders profound questions of civilization, gender, femininity, and war in her works by juxtaposing modern social conventions with otherworldly science and technology. To put it succinctly, Le Guin’s deep stories reward the reader more than conventional pulp fiction. Read More
This is a guest post by Rick Buchan.
Time Travel. What a compelling, uniquely seductive science fiction theme! The chance to correct a wrong, witness an historical event first hand, or simply escape to a better time when the world made sense; you know – the “good old days”. Read More
"The Bicentennial Man" is a 1976 science fiction novelette by Isaac Asimov. It is about a robot who fights for his rights, and gradually becomes more human, over the long course of his life. Read More