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Title: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: sgore on October 08, 2011, 09:50:53 pm
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?

Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: UFO King on October 09, 2011, 07:29:56 pm
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!
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: omegatripod on October 10, 2011, 11:11:54 am
Flight Patterns by Sherman Alexie.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Tesla on November 03, 2011, 01:57:01 pm
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 (http://pastebin.com/aJQfubrK)
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.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: UFO King on November 03, 2011, 05:10:15 pm
Oh yeah, that's a great one. Turtledove should've made a whole series out of that.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: sgore on November 24, 2011, 03:55:49 pm
Ah! I've read that one. It's great. I kind of want teddy bear aliens...

Also worth looking into is "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach" by Karen Russell. I can only find a preview of it online (http://books.google.com/books?id=rSpxRLDJIUUC&pg=PA197&lpg=PA197&dq=%22the+seagull+army+descends+on+strong+beach%22&source=bl&ots=_CktkWauj4&sig=55jKWnNT-lW4F3as3MwvaUleBP8&hl=en&ei=MtjOTvmQA4bl0QGWhoQ_&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEQQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22the%20seagull%20army%20descends%20on%20strong%20beach%22&f=false), but it's worth getting the whole thing somewhere. It's showed up in a couple anthologies so far. (Best American Short Stories of 2010 is the one I own it in)
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Great Distance on September 13, 2013, 12:07:35 pm
Anyone remember that short story linked on this forum a long time ago, where people form a colony in Mars, then some people are genetically modified by aliens to suit different planets? I thought it was really awesome, and would like to show it to a friend.

Anyone remember the name?

Or even better, have a link to it?
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Oviraptor on September 13, 2013, 12:14:58 pm
Are you talking about All Tomorrows? I'd try to find a link but I'm on my phone.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Great Distance on September 13, 2013, 12:43:20 pm
Yes! Precisely that one! Thanks! Found it.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Rysworld on September 13, 2013, 01:29:32 pm
*snip*
Wow, that was enjoyable! That's a really neat idea.

I've got a collection of novellas called "The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume IIA". Most of the stuff in there is pretty good, although the only one I remember reliably is the story "Call Me Joe", which you may know as basically being Avatar but on Jupiter and minus the sex, and also far preceding it. Pretty good, that. They're all 35-60 pages though, don't know if that counts as a short story.

Also, here (http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/) is a short story I read somewhat recently. It's the movie "The Thing" told from the point of the alien. Really fascinating read, I love reading about alien thoughts like that.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Ultimatum on September 14, 2013, 05:54:30 am
I recently  finished  The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (100 + short stories) and if I'd had to pick my favorites they would be;

Cosmic casanova,Dog Star,Death and the Senator ,Exile of the Eons
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: martyk on September 24, 2013, 06:03:24 pm
My favourite I've ever read would have to be The Path Not Taken by Harry Turtledove (http://pastebin.com/aJQfubrK).  The whole concept of it is that technologies like artificial gravity and ftl travel are really easy and every other civilization in the universe discovers it around the age of sail.  Humans however did not and took a different path.  The story is about what happens if one of these other races found us.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Brandonazz on September 24, 2013, 10:25:28 pm
That was quite good!

I do enjoy a Turtledove short story.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Rysworld on September 24, 2013, 11:16:30 pm
Yeah, I really enjoyed that.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Ultimatum on October 24, 2013, 05:28:27 am
Hey,so I brought  ' Kaleidoscope' which included 'The Path Not Taken' definitely agree it was an enjoyable read.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Tesla on March 19, 2014, 09:08:57 am
Another good one. (http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/01/reborn-ken-liu)
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: sgore on June 19, 2014, 08:29:38 pm
This is the most 80s short story I have ever read: http://www.lewisshiner.com/liberation/stoked.html
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Tesla on August 08, 2014, 08:11:54 pm
Woman Leaves Room (http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/woman-leaves-room-2/)
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Brandonazz on August 08, 2014, 09:18:56 pm
I love short stories like that. They say so much with so little.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: sgore on October 17, 2014, 08:50:34 am
Has anyone read the novella Arkfall by Carolyn Ives Gilman?

Huge underwater society of human space colonists, a horrible accident causes a lone ship to float off directionless in an alien ocean. It's got some amazing world building. It was apparently nominated for a Nebula.

I can't find the full thing anywhere online, but there's a longer than usual preview on Google books. (http://books.google.com/books?id=QTsy3cwmtgkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=arkfall+Gilman&hl=en&sa=X&ei=CzlBVPfsJ-y1sQSA04K4CQ&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=arkfall%20Gilman&f=false)

I really do recommend reading it.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: sgore on February 13, 2017, 09:59:04 am
Oh hey look who is reviving this thread.

Question: What would happen if domesticated animals were suddenly able to start talking?
Answer: The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park after the Change by Kij Johnson, an award nominated story you should all absolutely please read.

It's available in its entirety here: http://www.kijjohnson.com/evolution.html

Also let's start posting stories again!
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Krakow Sam on February 13, 2017, 04:12:29 pm
Hey yeah, that *was* great.

Here's a scifi: http://www.melissagish.com/Bloodchild.pdf
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Tesla on April 04, 2017, 04:12:33 am
hey so i read that story back when you posted it and never said anything, but it was great

anyway here's a new story which really freaked me out

learning to be me (http://will.tip.dhappy.org/blog/Compression%20Trees/.../book/by/Greg%20Egan/Learning%20To%20Be%20Me/)
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Slinky on April 04, 2017, 05:57:49 pm
that made me actually sick to my stomach

**** man
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Rysworld on April 05, 2017, 10:19:27 am
Nice story! Very good at tapping the odd fear/uncomfortableness that comes with that sort of thing, yeah. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Ultimatum on April 05, 2017, 04:34:26 pm
For those of us who prefer to read things by kindle it's included in his short story collection

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Axiomatic-Greg-Egan-ebook/dp/B004JHY6T6
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Tesla on April 12, 2017, 12:43:39 pm
i've been reading it, actually. it's good sһit. i've always liked greg egan.

here's another one of his. this one's longer and less of a mindfuсk, just an enjoyable read

Oceanic (http://www.gregegan.net/OCEANIC/Complete/Oceanic.html)
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Brandonazz on April 16, 2017, 12:14:03 pm
hey so i read that story back when you posted it and never said anything, but it was great

anyway here's a new story which really freaked me out

learning to be me (http://will.tip.dhappy.org/blog/Compression%20Trees/.../book/by/Greg%20Egan/Learning%20To%20Be%20Me/)

Black Mirror did it.

♫ooh heaven is a place on Earth♫
Title: Re: Favorite Short Stories Sharing Corner Feelings Time
Post by: Tesla on April 16, 2017, 01:28:11 pm
Well, it's a premise that's been done to meat-death.

Incidentally I finished axiomatic and now I'm reading another of his collections, luminous. I've basically been reading all weekend. It's so much easier to digest a bunch of short stories in one sitting than one long narrative. Addictively easy. I really recommend his stuff - it's very smart but covers a wide range of subject matters.