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Much love for books, but I've always been a massive fan of short stories (both reading and writing them), and I thought they were worth some discussion. It's a form with a lot of notably good writing, and one capable of saying things longer stories often times aren't.

I was curious if anyone here had come across any particularly memorable stories or authors in the field, and if they had any favorites (and if they could link to them somehow, all the better).

One I've always enjoyed is "I, Rowboat" by Cory Doctorow: http://www.flurb.net/1/doctorow.htm
It's a great Post-Cyberpunk story, for anyone interested in the genre.

Then there's "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, which seems to be in nearly every general American short story collection I've ever seen. It's a classically great story though, and it's worth looking at if you haven't.
There's an audio reading of it here: http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/11/17/081117on_audio_homes

Another one that comes to mind initially is James Van Pelt's "How Music Begins"
(Publication history: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?836369)
It's about a middle school band that gets abducted by aliens. Reading it reminded me why I love science fiction.
You could probably find an online version digging around a bit, but I don't think it's author sanctioned, and I'd rather respect the rights than post it here. Still, I recommend looking for it if you get the chance.

Anyone have any recommendations of their own?

UFO King:
Shortest story ever, by Ernest Hemingway!
For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

Shortest comedy/religious/romance/mystery story ever!
Good God, the Queen's pregnant! I wonder who's the father.

Shortest horror story ever, by Fredric Brown!
The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door...

In all seriousness, there are quite a few I've enjoyed. The timeless The Monkey's Paw, as well as that one about the Ruum. If Asimov's I, Robot counts as a collection, then it's a veritable gold mine. And you can't go wrong with Ursula K. LeGuin!

Flight Patterns by Sherman Alexie.

I'm obsessed with sci-fi short stories. They're one of my favourite things in life. As such, I have an absolute ton of favourites... But I'm on my iPhone so I'll give you the one I was reading today. :P

The Road not Taken by Harry Turtledove
The story takes the premise that artificial gravity an hyperdrivesvare actually ridiculously simple technologies, so simple that they're usually invented around the age of sail for most civilisations. Somehow, humanity just missed it and took "The Road Not Taken." So what happens when aliens attempt to conquer the Earth?

There's a sequel too, but I can't find it online.

UFO King:
Oh yeah, that's a great one. Turtledove should've made a whole series out of that.


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