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Kin by Bruce McAllister

Kin

by Bruce McAllister

• Word count: 3978
• Page count: 10

Kin is a science fiction short story by Bruce McAllister that explores the ideas of the extremes a person will go to on an over populated and regulated world and the fact that truly learning about another culture – even if it is an alien one – can prove abundantly worthwhile. 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

Craphound by Cory Doctorow

Craphound

by Cory Doctorow

• Word count: 7005
• Page count: 18

Craphound is a great science fiction short story about a feud between two yard-sale buddies, one a human and the other (craphound) an alien. It is an interesting piece about our culture, human-alien relations and the nature of beings to collect antiques and junk. If you are a fan of Cory Doctorow’s other works then this one will not disappoint you. He gives some amazing descriptions and really draws you into the story with all his accounts of the sights and smells of yard sales! Read More