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Travels With My Cats by Mike Resnick

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.
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Titanium Mike Saves the Day by David D. Levine

Titanium Mike Saves the Day

by David D. Levine

• Word count: 5611
• Page count: 9

Titanium Mike Saves the Day is a science fiction short story by Hugo Award winning author David D. Levine. It is about a series of tall tales set in space that follow the adventures of the amazing Titanium Mike – a man bigger than life, whose exploits in the solar system range from incredible to absolutely unbelievable.
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The House Beyond Your Sky by Benjamin Rosenbaum

The House Beyond Your Sky

by Benjamin Rosenbaum

• Word count: 3835
• Page count: 11

The House Beyond Your Sky is a science fiction short story by Benjamin Rosenbaum that was nominated for the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

The story follows Matthias, a priest of an extremely ancient and highly advanced race of beings. As he watches a sorrowful little girl in one of his own virtual worlds, his parakeet and him prepare for the arrival of a pilgrim who has an interesting proposal. Read More

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

Kin by Bruce McAllister

Kin

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

Darwin’s Suitcase by Elizabeth Malartre

Darwin’s Suitcase

by Elizabeth Malartre

• Word count: 4469
• Page count: 12

Darwin’s Suitcase is a science fiction short story about the effects of time travel to a pivotal point in history. It follows a woman living in a religiously controlled world who uses a temporal viewer to watch a scene in the life of the famous naturalist Charles Darwin. As events unfold she discovers that Darwin holds a conversation with a most unusual and determined visitor. Read More

Tideline by Elizabeth Bear

Tideline

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

Beyond the Wall by Justin Stanchfield

Beyond the Wall

by Justin Stanchfield

• Word count: 8443
• Page count: 23

Beyond the Wall is a science fiction short story about a UN security team that chases a pirate ship to a forbidden area on one of Saturn’s moons. At the base of a controversial alien wall the team experiences several mysterious events as they first search for the pirates and then deal with the strange effects of the colossal artifact. Read More

Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Mike Resnick

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

by Mike Resnick

• Word count: 5695
• Page count: 15

Old MacDonald Had a Farm is a science fiction short story that puts an ethical spin on one of humankind’s oldest questions: how can we feed the world’s poor?

It is a short story about a reporter who visits a farm where millions of genetically engineered animals are raised to help alleviate the world’s food shortage. What he finds there is both brilliantly wonderful and tragically disturbing. Read More