“Upstarts” is a 1960 science fiction short story by L. J. Stecher. It is about the human ambassador to a universal empire, and the sneaky way he travels around the universe! 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
Do you ever feel like you just can’t catch a break? Sometimes I do, that’s for sure! Do you know the best way to get over those feelings of sadness? Find someone worse off than you, that’s how! 😉 Here are two wonderful, super short stories that are guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself!
“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
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I have eaten dog – more than once – when I lived on some small islands in the Pacific! (I wasn’t a big fan of it, by the way.) Today’s 2 stories have a bit of a theme: eating humans. Hmm… maybe you shouldn’t read them during your lunch hour! 😉
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
For Sale: One Red Planet by Jeff Hewitt is the story of ECD Trimmond and his continued attempts to get rid of the real-estate burden that is Mars, passed down to him from his forefathers and the interested parties that pester him along the way.
Do you like hot dogs? I’ll admit it – I do, even though they aren’t the best food for me to eat. I especially love to load them up with condiments like ketchup, mustard and dill relish – yum! But what if one of those condiments was a biological poison? Not only would that suck, but then this tasty treat could be used as a form of weapon – which would suck even more! One of today’s stories deals with that very scenario – and the results are quite interesting!