“Crusoe.com” is a 2000 speculative fiction short story by Matt Whyman. It is about a couple of men stranded on a desert island with nothing but an internet connection. Read More
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
"The Tamarisk Hunter" is a 2006 science fiction short story by Paolo Bacigalupi. It is about a tree-hunting man in a future where California controls nearly all of the western United State’s water supply. Read More
“The God-Death of Halla” is a 2008 speculative fiction short story by Tina Connolly. It is about a formerly rich young woman who must now steal to survive in a land where magical gods control peoples’ lives. Read More
This is a guest post by Paul Taylor.
For those who don’t know what Wattpad is, it is a website where writers can post their stories or novels to be read by anyone who has access to the Internet. It is a great method that provides new and seasoned writers a chance to gauge how their styles and ideas will play out to the general public. Readers can give critiques, comments, and insights about the story the author posted in order to make changes prior to publishing. Read More
This is a guest post by Dana Viktor.
The earth is about to get some very bad news.
In this newscast of the future, the President of Earth appears to deliver some very bad news: The alien race of the planet Galixos 2867#3, a small planet in the Andromeda nebula, has decided against its proposal to twin with the planet Earth. The reasons given by this peaceful and advanced species — which look like 4-meter-long millipedes with three heads — include “cultural and practical” incompatibilities with the people of the earth. Read More
This is a guest post by Inez Ponce de Leon.
If you swapped minds with your dog, what would you do? Go to the mall, sneak into locker rooms, or chase cats all day? Now, what if you swapped minds with a duck? A cat? Or worse, a toaster?
This is the quandary faced by a nameless professor in Matthew Grigg’s short story, Professor Panini. The story starts when a self-made man, now a professor and researcher, works on exchanging the minds of a cat and duck using a machine. There are no details about how the machine works or what it looks like; suffice it to say that the experiment doesn’t go as planned, and hilarity ensues. Read More
This is a guest post by Konstantine Paradias.
Still Life With Apocalypse by Richard Kadrey is a post-apocalyptic fiction short story (about 3,000 words long) that is essentially the memoirs of a man in the ruins of the world, after it has been torn to pieces due to inexplicable reasons. Read More
"The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and into the Black" is a 2008 science fiction short story by Jay Lake. It is about a former astronaut who has traded his freedom to work on dangerous jewelry for a Chinese crime boss. Read More
This is a guest post by Kate Croston
Since both of these stories are pretty short and written by the same author, I thought it would be safe to recommend them both.
First off, these stories are available for free and written under the pen name Spookysister7. I happened to run across them by a strange set of events. Read More