“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
“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!
"The Machine That Saved The World" is a 1957 science fiction short story by Murray Leinster. It is about some strange broadcasts that come from the future, and the intelligent machine that deciphers them. Read More
Kathryn Cramer is not an author I’ve read before, and I figured it was high time I review another story by a female writer. It sounds like she knows science fiction quite well, however, as her small bio at the end of the story states that “She is a science-fiction editor and writer currently editing the Year’s Best SF series with her husband, David G. Hartwell.” So, yeah, I figured she knew a thing or two about SF stories. But how is her writing, hmm? That is the million dollar question!