10 memorable short stories

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

A few years ago I wrote about 10 memorable science fiction and fantasy stories. Now it’s time for another 10. In terms of collections of related short stories, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury and City by Clifford D. Simak are both 5/5. “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury (in The Golden Apples of the Sun) […]

Impossible Things

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{4.5/5} “All it took was somebody walking past and stepping in a puddle, and the worm’s whole life was changed. Do you think things happen like that? That one little action can change your whole life forever?” Impossible Things was published in 1993. It’s a collection of short stories, mostly science fiction, by Connie Willis. […]

Best stories & novels to never win a Hugo

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As a follow-up to the Thoughts on Hugo awards post from the other day, here are some thoughts from various authors on what story and novel most deserved to win a Hugo award but didn’t. You might find something here you haven’t read that sounds intriguing. MIND MELD: What’s the Best Story to Never Win […]

One Million A. D.

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{5/5} “With the passing of every reunion it seemed impossible that the wilder fringes of humanity could become any stranger, any less recognizable. Yet they always contrived to do so; oozing into every cosmic niche like molten lava, and then carving out new niches that no one had dared dreamed of before.” One Million A. […]

Thoughts on Hugo awards 1953 to 2000

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The Hugo Awards are science fiction and fantasy awards voted on by people who attend (or buy a supporting membership to) the World Science Fiction Convention each year. Jo Walton, author of such books as Tooth and Claw, takes a look back through all the winners and nominees and gives her thoughts on whether they […]

The Aliens Among Us

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{4.5/5} “Stephens had an idea fixed in his mind that the Earth was about to be invaded, and it was the kind of exciting idea that a young man of Stephens’ temperament would not give up easily.” The Aliens Among Us by James White, published in 1969 Robert J. Sawyer mentioned in his blog that […]