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Beyond the Wall by Justin Stanchfield

Beyond the Wall

by Justin Stanchfield

• Word count: 8443
• Page count: 23

Beyond the Wall is a science fiction short story about a UN security team that chases a pirate ship to a forbidden area on one of Saturn’s moons. At the base of a controversial alien wall the team experiences several mysterious events as they first search for the pirates and then deal with the strange effects of the colossal artifact. Read More

Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Mike Resnick

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

by Mike Resnick

• Word count: 5695
• Page count: 15

Old MacDonald Had a Farm is a science fiction short story that puts an ethical spin on one of humankind’s oldest questions: how can we feed the world’s poor?

It is a short story about a reporter who visits a farm where millions of genetically engineered animals are raised to help alleviate the world’s food shortage. What he finds there is both brilliantly wonderful and tragically disturbing. Read More

Tk’tk’tk by David D. Levine

Tk’tk’tk

by David D. Levine

• Word count: 6626
• Page count: 12

Tk’tk’tk is the 2006 winner of the Hugo Award for Best Short Story. It is the story of a penniless salesman on a very alien planet. The main character, Walker, is tried by everything from his ability to sell gadgets, to paying for his hotel, to participating in the local religious holiday. In the end he finds a uniquely spiritual restaurant that changes his life. Read More

A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

A Study in Emerald

by Neil Gaiman

• page count: 9

A Study in Emerald, the 2004 winner of the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, is a unique blending of two literary traditions: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos.

It is a short story told from the point of view of an assistant to an extraordinarily gifted detective.The detective and the narrator help the Scotland Yard of 1914 track a killer of a most unusual victim. Read More