“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
“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
“A Long Walk Home” is a 2011 science fiction novelette by Jay Lake which was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award and which also placed 11th in the 2012 Locus Awards. It is about a technologically enhanced man who is the last survivor on an alien planet. Read More
“Cat Pictures Please” is a 2015 science fiction short story by Naomi Kritzer. It is about a self-aware artificial intelligence that makes a huge effort to help a few real people. It was the winner of the 2016 Hugo Award and a 2016 Locus Award. 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
Flash Fiction Online has some great stories – and not just the science fiction ones either. Here are two recent stories that I really liked, and if you dig them too then be sure to check out some of the other gems available on their fantastic site!