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The Star by Arthur C. Clarke

The Star

by Arthur C. Clarke

• Word count: 2475
• Page count: 6

The Star is a classic science fiction short story by one of the genre’s most famous authors: Arthur C. Clarke. It is a story told from the point of view of a Jesuit astrophysicist aboard a starship that is investigating the Phoenix Nebula. The site of a supernova some 6,000 years earlier, the nebula has yielded knowledge that shakes his faith to its very core. Read More

The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov

The Feeling of Power

by Isaac Asimov

• Word count: 3283
• Page count: 10

The Feeling of Power is a cool little science fiction short story by one of the giants of the genre: Isaac Asimov. Written in classic Asimov fashion, the story explores the idea of a society so dependent on computers that they have forgotten basic math skills. Read More

The Day the Martians Came by Frederik Pohl

The Day the Martians Came

by Frederik Pohl

• Word count: 2579
• Page count: 6

The Day the Martians Came is an interestingly abstract science fiction short story by Frederik Pohl. First published in 1967 it explores the social ramifications of humans discovering an alien race.

The story follows one night of a hotel manager as he struggles to deal with all the reporters in his establishment on the eve of NASA’s returning Algonquin Nine – an expediton to Mars. Read More

Star Light, Star Bright by Alfred Bester

Star Light, Star Bright

by Alfred Bester

• Word count: 5664
• Page count: 16

Star Light, Star Bright is a classic science fiction short story first published in 1953 by Alfred Bester, the author of the very first Hugo award winning novel.

It is the story of a boy who has some amazing knowledge, and the people who are searching for him. It you like classic science fiction and pulp stories (Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick) then you will probably like this story too. I consider it to be a great story that makes you think about what could happen if this were really true. Read More

Marionettes, Inc. by Ray Bradbury

Marionettes, Inc.

by Ray Bradbury

• Page count: 9

Marionettes, Inc. is a famous short story by the legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury.

Marionettes, Inc. is a story about two men who feel they are trapped in their marriages, and the desperate and misguided attempts they make to get out of them by replacing themselves with identical robots (hence the “marionettes”). However, not everything turns out as they had hoped! Read More