"In the Late December" is a 2003 science fiction short story by Greg van Eekhout. It is about how Santa Claus battles the heat death of the universe by giving out gifts to any life form he can find. Read More
“When Thorns Are the Tips of Trees” is a 2008 science fiction short story by Jason Sanford. It is about a boy who is trying to deal with the local ramifications of a deadly, world-wide virus.
“The Crystal Spheres” is a 1984 science fiction short story by David Brin. It is about a man who travels to a distant star system after learning that the inhabitants there have broken out of their crystal shell.
“Artifice and Intelligence” is a 2007 science fiction short story by Tim Pratt. It is about an unorthodox artificial intelligence designer, a video game programmer and a recently converted pagan woman who are called into action to help an Indian sentient computer network do battle against the world’s malicious software.
The People of Sand and Slag
by Paolo Bacigalupi
• Word count: 7559
• Page count: 20
“The People of Sand and Slag” is a 2004 science fiction novelette by Paolo Bacigalupi. It is about three genetically enhanced guards who find a strange life form roaming on their employer’s property.
“The Veldt” is a 1950 science fiction short story by Ray Bradbury. It is about a couple of parents who become concerned when their children use a virtual nursery to recreate an all-too-realistic African veldt.
The 43 Antarean Dynasties
by Mike Resnick
• Audio Length: 40 minutes
The 43 Antarean Dynasties is a Hugo winning science fiction short story by Mike Resnick. It is about a proud tour guide showing three humans the remains of his planet’s once great culture.
Travels With My Cats
by Mike Resnick
• Word count: 7353
• Page count: 18
Travels With My Cats, a very soft science fiction short story by Mike Resnick, won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 2005, and was also nominated for the 2004 Nebula Award. It is about a middle aged man who is given the amazing opportunity to converse with the long dead author of his favorite book.
by Robert Reed
• Word count: 3870
• Page count: 10
Eight Episodes is a science fiction short story by the prolific Robert Reed. Nominated for the 2007 Hugo award, it is a story about a short lived web series that proves to be much deeper than anyone initially suspects. Read More
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
by Elizabeth Bear
• Word count: 4280
• Page count: 8
Tideline is a science fiction short story about the lone survivor of a war – a sentient war machine – and its struggles to create memorials for its fallen comrades. As it combs the beach looking for trinkets, it forms a most unusual friendship which prods it into doing things it otherwise would never do. Read More
by Tim Pratt
• Word count: 6655
• Page count: 15
Impossible Dreams is the 2007 winner of the Hugo Award for Best Short Story… and it is amazing! It is a science fiction love story – not your regular love story either – this one is about a man’s love of cinema. Yet it evolves into more than that – much more. Read More