“The Mold of Yancy” is a 1955 science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick. It is about a highly influential man near Jupiter, whose opinions attract some high level and unwanted attention. 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 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
“Speech Sounds” is a 1983 science fiction short story by Octavia E. Butler, and was the winner of a 1984 Hugo Award. It is about a plague that wipes out humankind’s ability to speak, and one woman’s adventure as she tries to get from Los Angeles to Pasadena without being killed. 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 Streets of Ashkelon" is a 1962 science fiction short story by Harry Harrison. It is about the small aliens on a newfound planet, and the trader and missionary who try to convince them of opposing ideas. Read More
"The Island of the Immortals" is a 1998 science fiction short story by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is about a traveler to another plane who learns a terrible secret about an island full of long-lived people. Read More
After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg is the one story you know it would make for an awesome Dr Who special. Or Twilight Zone episode. Or anything, just somebody PLEASE MAKE THIS!
“Leor’s new machine had crystal rods and silver sides. A giant emerald was embedded in its twelve-angled lid.”
There are no problems in the future. Everyone’s belly is full, no-one drowns or thirsts or is ever unhappy. There are such lovely marvels in the future, when the mysteries of the Universe have been laid bare and Earth’s problems are in Earth’s past, the planet itself a distant memory.
It is the best of times and the worst part is, everybody agrees.
“Maneki Neko” is a 1998 science fiction short story by Bruce Sterling. It is about a Japanese couple who are part of a huge online network of resources… a network which isn’t always the most pleasant! Read More
“Dragonflight” is a 1968 science fiction novel by Anne McCaffrey. It is composed of 3 novellas about a young woman who rises from displaced servant girl to queen of an army of planet defending dragons. Read More
“The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” is a 2013 science fiction short story by Ted Chiang. It is about a device which helps people find recordings from any moment of their life – and the profound impact that has upon society in general and one man specifically. Read More